A Look at United Way’s Investment in Health


United Way Helps Older Adults Live Independently

15,468 older adults are in need of a nutritious meal. - Iowa Department on Aging and U.S. Census Bureau

Care Supports

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

United Way endorses programs that provide nutritious meals at home or at dining sites. Our partners also help older adults stay social with activities.

 “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

11,310 young adults are at risk for a substance abuse problem. - Iowa Youth Survey and U.S. Census Bureau

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

Improved Functioning

United Way sponsors mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment programs so that people can improve their lives and become healthier.

“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

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United Way of East Central Iowa 317 7th Avenue SE, Suite 401 Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 Phone: (319) 398-5372 Fax: (319) 398-5381