United Way funds case management services and caregiver information and support to allow older adults to get the care they need while remaining in their homes.
Safety & Mobility
United Way funds transportation assistance so older adults can get to medical appointments and meet their daily needs. We also support chore services that improve safety in their home.
Health & Social
“I couldn’t make a meal every day; let me put it that way. Some days I feel real good and some days I don’t. This is a necessity to help people get their nutritional meal.”
– Frances Scott, Recepient of Meals on Wheels
Our community partners on this initiative: Aging Services, Inc, Alzheimer’s Association East Central Iowa Chapter, Benton County Volunteer Services, Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP), Horizons: A Family Service Alliance, Southeast Linn Community Center Corporation, Volunteer Services of Cedar County, and Witwer Center, Inc.
United Way Helps People in our Community be Healthier
Preventative Care & Wellness
United Way funds dental, mental, and physical health screenings for individuals in need. This increases access to care that can detect problems early and address them.
United Way partners also provides fitness memberships and substance abuse prevention to improve wellness in our community.
“In fiscal year 2011, United Way provided 3,813 women with access to health care including, prescription assistance, eye care, dental care, medical co-pays and maternal health clinics. If you or someone you know is in need of health care services call 2-1-1 to get connected to health resources in the community.”
– Eugenia Vavra, United Way Health Expert
“I get to say that I’m in recovery and I have been there since April 1st 2008 and I have a family back and I have a family that is much closer than it ever was. I have a bank account today which most people think is probably just the norm, but when you don’t work you don’t need a bank account. For 10 years, I was very very unemployable and today I have more jobs than I do time.” – Cindy Johnson
Our community partners working on filling these needs are: Abbe Center for Community Mental Health, Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC), Dental Health Center, Families, Inc., Foundation 2, Horizons: A Family Service Alliance, Mid-Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse (MECCA), Visiting Nurse Association, YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area