United Way Videos

Below you will find a complete list of United Way  videos for East Central Iowa. They range from campaign videos, videos on Education, Financial Stability, and Health, to videos covering our events.  Click on each link below to watch the video, or watch the videos on our YouTube channel.  For questions regarding video, please contact Caitlin Wiedenheft at cwiedenheft@uweci.org or contact us through our contact page

2013 Stories

2013 United Way Campaign Video

  • Campaign Chair Ron Olson and Vice Chairs Jack and Matt Evans review how we can help the community together. We hear stories from people helped and several donors share why they support their community through United Way.

United Way Program Helps Non-Traditional Student Increase Her Wages.

  • United Way is partnering with Kirkwood Community College and many local businesses and community-based organizations on an initiative called Kirkwood Pathways for Academic Career Education and Employment (KPACE).   KPACE is a program that provides academic and social support to help students obtain the skills needed to secure better paying jobs to meet their expenses.    Tiffany was making $9.47 an hour before signing up for KPACE.  After 10 weeks of training, she now earns $11.50 an hour, which is an increase of over $4,000 a year

United Way Helps Bring Early Literacy to Children Through Popular Song.

  • RED Ahead is a program for parents to help their young children develop the language skills they need to be ready for kindergarten.  Parents receive educational information about early literacy, books for their children, and rewards for doing certain activities that help their children develop language. Rylinn and her mom Tiffiny share their story with RED Ahead and the success they’ve seen because of their involvement with the United Way funded program.

 Cedar Rapids Woman Receives Support From Multiple United Way Partners

  • Sometimes people need help from multiple non-profits simultaneously and in Lori’s case, she received support from two United Way partners, ASAC and the Catherine McAuley Center.
    Lori was admitted to Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC) for alcoholism in August 2011.  She graduated a few months later and  transferred to the Catherine McAuley Center and entered into their transitional housing program.  With the help from both non-profits, Lori was able to overcome her battle with alcoholism and remained sober at the Catherine McAuley Center.  She is a volunteer and mentor now at both programs and she employed at another United Way partner in the area.

Cedar Rapids Woman learns English through United Way community partner

  • Thanks to the education and tutoring provided by the Catherine McAuley Center, a United Way community partner, Gui continues to learn English as a second language and now is a supervisor at the Cedar Rapids 1st Ave Hy-Vee Chinese department.

United Way Community Partner Helps High School Student Become A Leader

  • Ronzell often struggled in a local Cedar Rapids school but United Way partner, CCIA and their Youth Leadership Program, helped him through tutoring and provided opportunities for him to excel as a leader and mentor to other students in the program.

United Way Partner Helps Student Focus in School

  • Judaiah sometimes struggled controlling his emotions and would act out in a way to put himself or others in a dangerous situation.  Through support from Jane Boyd, a United Way partner,  Judaiah and his family received the support they needed to overcome these issues.  He now is able to recognize his anger and prevent it from escalating.

United Way Campaign

2013 Campaign Kickoff

  • United Way of East Central Iowa Goes for $9.9 million in 99th year

2013 Challenge Grant

  • Campaign Chair Ron Olson, president of Paulson Electric, explains this year’s challenge grant.  A $55,000 challenge grant, challenging us to get new donors.

How $5 a week can make a difference in our community

Campaign 2012 Kickoff

Longtime donors selected to have dinner with United Way’s President and CEO, Lois Buntz. 

  • Emmett and Darlene are just two of the 600-700 Diamond Donors that have donated to United Way of East Central Iowa for over 25 years.  Watch the video to hear their experience with United Way and the reason they donate every year.

2012 Campaign kickoff and event video (September 2012)

  • United Way has come a long way but there’s still a long ways ahead of us. This video highlighted what has been done and kicked off the 2012 campaign. Click here for our 2012 DVD menu.

Campaign Prize Winners

  • Companies donated prizes in 2011 and 2012 that were given to randomly-chosen donors. These videos show how we surprised them.

Giving Tuesday (November 2012)

  • For the first Giving Tuesday, which followed Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, in 2012, we created this 12 Days of Giving video.

How we unveiled the 2012 Campaign Total

  • We raised $10,354,496 in 2012. This short video is how we unveiled the total.’

2012 Vice Campaign Chair Gets Pulled Over for Looking at Chairs’ Billboard

  • Our 2012 campaign chairs were sharing our message throughout the community, including on a billboard along busy First Avenue. We shot this fun video with Cedar Rapids Police to thank them. (February 2013)

Main overview video (Fall 2012)

  • We used this video in 2012 for an overview of what United Way and our partners do.

 

Historical United Way Videos

Bill Whipple Talks About William Whipples Impact

Historical Video: William Whipple, Louise Knapp and William Quarton Talk About United Way Impact

Powerball Winner Donates to United Way

  • The story of one of the Quaker Oat Shipping 20 Powerball winners and his $75,000 gift to the United Way endowment. (December 2012)

United Way’s Involvement During the 2008 Flood (June 2013 Mediacom interview)

  • Leslie Wright, VP of Community Building, talks about United Way’s involvement during the 2008 floods in the Cedar Rapids Metro Area.

 

Videos by area of interest

United Way Tries to Build Ladders to Success for the Community (April 2013)

  • This is an April 2013 rotary presentation that discusses how we are trying to help community members in need build the skills they need for the future.

Education

United Way Helps Bring Early Literacy to Children Through Popular Song.

  • RED Ahead is a program currently offered at the Urban and North Towne WIC clinics (Women, Infants, and Children) and is for parents and is a program for parents to help their young children develop the language skills they need to be ready for kindergarten.  Parents receive educational information about early literacy, books for their children, and rewards for doing certain activities that help their children develop language. Rylinn and her mom Tiffiny share their story with RED Ahead and the success they’ve seen because of their involvement with the United Way funded program.

United Way Community Partner Helps High School Student Become A Leader

  • Ronzell often struggled in a local Cedar Rapids school but United Way partner, CCIA and their Youth Leadership Program, helped him through tutoring and provided opportunities for him to excel as a leader and mentor to other students in the program.

United Way’s AmeriCorps Program brings summer science to middle school

  • AmeriCorps members with United Way’s Youth Achievement Corps are leading the McKinley STEM Academy this summer — a hands-on chance for students to explore wind energy and learn more about careers in science. The Academy features interactive learning activities and field trips to Clipper Windpower, Kirkwood Community College’s wind turbine, Cedar Rapids Electrical Apprenticeship, and a home weatherization project with Green Iowa AmeriCorps.

Over 900 Girl Scouts received leadership development skills through United Way support

  • Jen Neumann, Girl Scouts Board Member speaks at United Way Campaign Kickoff 2013.

Play & Learn client talks about the program (February 2013)

  • Mom talks about how her two-year-old son uses the program.

Local Student Tries Harder In School Thanks To Volunteer

  • A video highlighting how long-time mentor relationships help students in Eastern Iowa.

High School Student Gives Back By Helping Others

United Way’s AmeriCorps Program brings summer science to middle school (July 2012)

VIDEO: Back to School Time and Getting Children Ready Academically

Jane Boyd partnership

United Way and AmeriCorpsworking together in the classroom

United Way and the Girl Scoutsdeveloping youth skills for the future

The Big Brothers Big Sister Experience

A Big Brothers Big Sisters story (Mary Van Horn)

Play and Learn overview

Play and Learn Facts

Jeffrey Chambers Talks about the Boys and Girls Clubs

 

Health

United Way Partner Helps Student Focus in School

  • Judaiah sometimes struggled controlling his emotions and would act out in a way to put himself or others in a dangerous situation.  Through support from Jane Boyd, a United Way partner,  Judaiah and his family received the support they needed to overcome these issues.  He now is able to recognize his anger and prevent it from escalating.

Cedar Rapids Woman Receives Support From Multiple United Way Partners

  • Sometimes people need help from multiple non-profits simultaneously and in Lori’s case, she received support from two United Way partners, ASAC and the Catherine McAuley Center.  Lori was admitted to Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC) for alcoholism in August 2011.  She graduated a few months later and  transferred to the Catherine McAuley Center and entered into their transitional housing program.  With the help from both non-profits, Lori was able to overcome her battle with alcoholism and remained sober at the Catherine McAuley Center.  She is a volunteer and mentor now at both programs and she employed at another United Way partner in the area.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Forum 2013 (March 2013)

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are negative experiences that can happen to children and impact them into adulthood.  There are ten common traumas that have been identified.  Join us to learn more about the ACEs research, what ACEs look like in our community and how we can help move forward. On March 25, 2013, 220 people, representing over 100 organizations, attended a community forum where we heard about  research surrounding Adverse Childhood Experiences and what we can do as a community.

Aging Services client talks about help received (February 2013)

  • This United Way partner helped an 84-year-old man after macular degeneration changed his life.

United Way Supporter uses Mental Health Services

  • A longtime United Way donor tells the story of why she started using programs funded by United Way.

Impact of mental health cuts

Delivering meals

  • A look at Horizons’ Meals on Wheels program. What it does in the community and why people volunteer for it.

Woman didnt know about 2008 flood because of addiction

Ashley Ernst talks about how United Way donations help people

  • Women’s Leader Ashley Ernst shares a story of how somebody who used United Way-funded services thanked her in public after seeing her wear a LIVE United shirt.

Your donation makes a difference: Larry Lloyd Uses United Way Services

  • A Cedar Rapids residents thanks United Way donors for helping him receive a daily meal.

A look at health care reform (August 2012)

Woman didnt know about 2008 flood because of addiction

 

Financial stability

Cedar Rapids Woman learns English through United Way community partner

  • Thanks to the education and tutoring provided by the Catherine McAuley Center, a United Way community partner, Gui continues to learn English as a second language and now is a supervisor at the Cedar Rapids 1st Ave Hy-Vee Chinese department.

United Way Program Helps Non-Traditional Student Increase Her Wages.

  • United Way is partnering with Kirkwood Community College and many local businesses and community-based organizations on an initiative called Kirkwood Pathways for Academic Career Education and Employment (KPACE).   KPACE is a program that provides academic and social support to help students obtain the skills needed to secure better paying jobs to meet their expenses.    Tiffany was making $9.47 an hour before signing up for KPACE.  After 10 weeks of training, she now earns $11.50 an hour, which is an increase of over $4,000 a year

Goodwill client talks about finding a job (February 2013)

  • The client, Dan, talks about being homeless and how Goodwill helped him get forklifting training and helped him find a job.

Helping Iowa’s Families – 2013 Legislative Video (Released 1/25/13)

  • A video highlighting how Iowa families are struggling. This video also features a student in the KPACE program and mentions how legislators in 2013 can help Iowan.

Cedar Rapids Resident Gets New Home through help from United Way Partners

  • The story of a woman who works for a United Way partner and who got her financials under control and being able to move into a new home.

Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Today 2012 Event (October 2012)

  • A 2012 community forum that featured three expert speakers who discussed how Iowa families are struggling financially. Attendees also discussed how we can all work together to move the community forward.

United Way and HACAP Food ReservoirWorking together to eliminate hunger

Program helps further peoples education

HomelessnessOur experience

Willis Dady Shelter Helped a Homeless Mom

Overnight volunteers at Willis Dady

Immigrants Learn English at the Catherine McAuley Center

Volunteer during the taxseason

Fighting hunger during the holidays

What does not being homeless mean to you?

Raising awareness surrounding homelessness

Homelessness in Cedar Rapids

Father of five uses community partners, starts own business

United Way invests in tomorrows workers

Your donation makes a difference: Larry Lloyd Uses United Way Services

 

Volunteering

You can now pledge and report your volunteer hours (June 2013)

Volunteer Website Testimonial (March 2013)

  •  This video shares the story of a woman who used our Volunteer Now web community to connect to a volunteer  opportunity at Marion Cares.

RSVP Volunteer Finds Value in Reading with Kids

Introducing Volunteer Event Keynote Speaker (April 2013)

Local Student Tries Harder In School Thanks To Volunteer

High School Student Gives Back By Helping Others

Volunteer breakfast and stories of winners

Day of Caring: Engaging Tomorrows Regular Volunteers

United Way releases new volunteer app

Volunteers Drive Seniors to Appointments

Reasons why you would volunteer

Overnight volunteers at Willis Dady

Volunteer during the tax season

Ragbrai Volunteer Video

 

United Way Leadership

MICHAEL GANNON: “The United Way to me has proven to be the most effective way to give back.” 2013 Sinclair Event

Young Leader Mike Butterfield: United Way is a Good Investment for Your Donation (September 2012)

Women’s Leadership Initiative Announces New Goal

President of the Iowa Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO speaks at United Way Labor Leadership Event

Sinclair Society Announces New Goal

Young Leader Mike Butterfield: United Way is a Good Investment for Your Donation (September 2012)

Veteran donors tell Young Leaders why they’ve given for years (Aug. 9, 2012)

Bill Whipple Talks About William Whipples Impact

Veteran donors tell Young Leaders why they’ve given for years (Aug. 9, 2012)

 

United Way 2-1-1

2-1-1 Resource Room Unveiled at Nordstrom

2-1-1 is a Community Resource

A 2-1-1 success story

 

Misc. Videos

Augmented Reality in print materials (September 2013)

Baseball-themed video reviews 2012 (June 2012)

United Way Impact Shown Through Play

 

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