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Seth Johnson
OpportUNITY Program Coordinator
seth.johnson@UNITEDWAYDM.org   (515) 246-6554

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Natalie Lynch
OpportUNITY Program Coordinator
twolf@unitedwaydm.org   (515) 246-6529

Get in touch and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.  We look forward to hearing from you!

SPECIAL THANK YOU

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers for the thousands of hours of effort put in by supporters of OpportUNITY, including: the OpportUNITY Leadership Roundtable, work group leads and members, founding members, summit participants, and all of those working to fight poverty together in central Iowa. We look forward to working together to meet our goal of reducing poverty for all central Iowans.

OpportUNITY Council

The OpportUNITY Council represents diverse perspectives in the community and is committed to participating in the strategic direction and the work of the OpportUNITY Plan, as well as promoting this effort throughout central Iowa.

  • Mary Bontrager
  • Supervisor Robert Brownell
  • Elisabeth Buck
  • Eric Burmeister
  • Teree Caldwell-Johnson
  • Mark A. Cooper
  • Marvin L. DeJear
  • Angela Dethlefs-Trettin
  • Jenna M. Ekstrom
  • Laura Graham
  • Joy R. Greer
  • Eric Idehen
  • Stacey Johnson
  • Edgar Ortiz
  • Elizabeth Presutti
  • Rev. Dr. Sarai Rice
  • Carly Ross
  • Cindy Rybolt
  • Kris Schechinger-Camper
  • Amanda R. Sedars
  • Renee Sedlacek
  • Jackie Turnquist-Sandoval
  • Tray Wade
  • Mira B. Yusef

Committed to Reducing Poverty

Thank you to the following central Iowa organizations and businesses for endorsing the OpportUNITY plan for poverty reduction. 

  • 4 R Kids ECI
  • 2 The Top
  • AARP
  • AFL-CIO
  • African American Leadership Forum
  • Age-Friendly Greater DM
  • Al Exito
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Altoona Campus
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • AMOS
  • Art Force Iowa
  • Athene USA
  • Anawim Housing
  • Back 2 School Iowa
  • Bank of the West
  • Bankers Trust
  • Beacon of Life
  • Beckley Automotive Services
  • Bhutanese Community in Iowa
  • Bidwell Riverside
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
  • Blank Children’s Hospital
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa
  • BriWen Industries
  • Bridges to Success
  • Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Brooks Lodden, P.C.
  • Business Volunteer Council
  • Bureau of Refugee Services
  • Candeo
  • Capitol Park Early Learning Center
  • CareMore Clinic
  • Catholic Charities
  • Central College
  • Central Iowa ACEs 360
  • Central Iowa Shelter & Services
  • Central Iowa Works
  • Central Iowa Workforce Investment Board
  • Centralized Intake – Primary Health Care
  • Charles Gabus Ford
  • Child & Family Policy Center
  • Children and Family Urban Movement
  • Children and Families of Iowa
  • ChildServe
  • Chrysalis Foundation
  • Church World Service
  • City of Des Moines
  • CommonBond Communities
  • Community Foundation of Greater
    Des Moines
  • Community Housing Initiatives
  • Community Youth Concepts
  • Corinthian Baptist Church
  • Courage League Sports
  • Creative Visions
  • CROSS Ministries
  • DART
  • DMACC
  • DMARC
  • Dallas County Public Health Nursing Services
  • Des Moines Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
  • Des Moines Area Hunger Hike
  • Des Moines Area MPO
  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban
    Development - Des Moines
  • Des Moines Health Center, Inc.
  • Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency
  • Des Moines Public Schools
  • Des Moines University
  • Directors Council
  • Disability Rights Iowa
  • Drake University
  • Drake University Adult Literacy Center
  • Drake University Headstart
  • Dress For Success Des Moines
  • Dorothy’s House
  • EDGE
  • Elim Christian Fellowship of Des Moines
  • EMBARC
  • El Comunicador
  • Easterseals
  • Early Grade Reading Advisory Council
  • Eat Greater Des Moines
  • Employee & Family Resources
  • Evelyn K. Davis Center for
    Working Families
  • Evelyn Davis Early Learning Academy
  • Every Child Matters in Iowa
  • Everybody Wins! Iowa
  • FamilyWize
  • FBL Financial Group, Inc.
  • Fidelity & Guaranty Life
  • Financial Capability Network
  • Food Bank of Iowa
  • Gateway to College
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Grandview University
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • HCI Care Services / VNS of Iowa
  • Healthy Homes Des Moines
  • Heartland Area Education Agency
  • Helping Hands Pantry
  • HIRTA Public Transit
  • Hawthorn Hill
  • Hispanic Educational Resources
  • Home, Inc.
  • House of Mercy
  • Hunger-Free Polk County
  • IMPACT Community Action Partnership
  • ICC-Solidarity Microfinance
  • I Have A Dream Foundation
  • ISU Extension and Outreach Polk Co.
  • ISU Extension and Outreach-
    Community and Economic Development
  • Iowa Afterschool Alliance
  • Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Iowa Bystander
  • Iowa Central Community College
  • Iowa Citizens for Community
    Improvement
  • Iowa College Student Aid Commission
  • Iowa Community Action Association
  • Iowa Credit Union Foundation
  • Iowa Department of Corrections
  • Iowa Department of Human Rights
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • Iowa Center for Economic Success
  • Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
  • Iowa International Center
  • Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates
  • Iowa Justice for our Neighbors
  • Iowa Legal Aid
  • Iowa Sports Foundation
  • Iowa State Education Association (ISEA)
  • Iowa Workforce Development
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Service
  • Isiserettes Drum Corp
  • Job Honor
  • Joppa
  • Jewish Family Services
  • John Grubb YMCA
  • John Deere Foundation
  • Karen Association of Iowa
  • Kia of Des Moines
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • KPMG
  • Latino Forum
  • Link Associates
  • Links Incorporated (Des Moines Chapter)
  • Lutheran Church of Hope
  • Lutheran Services of Iowa
  • ManUp Iowa
  • Meals from the Heartland
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • Mercy Des Moines
  • Meredith Corporation
  • Mid Iowa Health Foundation
  • Mid-Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Moms Rising Iowa
  • NAACP Des Moines Branch
  • Nationwide
  • New Opportunities Inc.
  • Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC)
  • Oakridge Neighborhood Services
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
  • Opportunity Iowa
  • Orchard Place
  • Paramount Lodging Advisors
  • P4C, Professionals for Charity
  • PCHTF- Healthy Homes East Bank
  • Perry Child Development Center
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
  • Plymouth Church Board of Christian Social Action
  • Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
  • Prelude Iowa
  • Polk County Continuum of Care
  • Polk County Early Childhood Iowa
  • Polk County Family and Youth Services
  • Polk County Health Dept.
  • Polk County Housing Trust Fund
  • Primary Health Care Inc.
  • Principal
  • Project Iowa
  • Rebuilding Together
  • Refugee Planning Alliance
  • Responsible Education and Development (READ)
  • Sankofa Urban Farms
  • Save the Children Action Network (SCAN)
  • Simpson College
  • Skills 2 Compete Coalition
  • South Central Iowa Federation Labor
  • State Public Policy Group
  • School Administrators of Iowa
  • Tomorrow Plan
  • Toyota of Des Moines
  • Transformations Group
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • Unity HealthCare
  • Urban Dreams
  • Urbandale Schools
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Des Moines Field Office
  • Viva East Bank!
  • VITA
  • Voices to be Heard
  • WeLift
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Wesley Life
  • West Des Moines Human Services
  • West Des Moines Community School District
  • Wilkie House
  • YESS
  • YMCA of Greater Des Moines
  • Young Women’s Resource Center
  • Youth Build
  • Youth Justice Initiative of West Des Moines
  • Youth Policy Institute of Iowa
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.