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Opinion: United Way of North Central Iowa helps children

This news story was published on November 11, 2019.
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NOVEMBER 11 , 2019

Most people have heard of the United Way of North Central Iowa, yet only some can really tell you who they are and what they do! In a nutshell, the United Way is a connector. They are a conduit for agencies to connect with other agencies to assist our population in need. Every dollar given to the United Way of North Central Iowa stays in North Iowa. Let’s talk about children for a moment.

Did you know 17.94% of the children living in Cerro Gordo County are living in poverty? Did you know 41.68% of public-school students are eligible for free/reduced price lunch. This equals 2,456 of the 5,892 total public-school students enrolled qualify for this program. (*Cerro Gordo County Community Health Assessment.)

In Iowa, single parents pay 41.6% of their income for center-based infant childcare. Married parents of two children living at the poverty line pay 78.1% of their household income for center-based childcare. (*Childcare Aware of America.)

The United Way supports over 32 nonprofit programs assisting our parents and children in need every day. Every child deserves to be able to concentrate in school because they have a full belly and shouldn’t have to worry about when or where they will get their next meal. They deserve to be able to have a safe, warm bed to sleep in. They deserve to live in a home with basic modern amenities such as running water and complete indoor plumbing (yes, believe it or not we have many homes right here in Cerro Gordo County lacking these basic amenities). And every parent should be able to feel the pride that comes with providing stability for their children.

With your help, the United Way of North Central Iowa can help fund programs addressing hunger; safe, affordable, and healthy housing; transportation; healthcare; and more. These programs aide in providing families in North Iowa with the resources they need to overcome the barriers that come with living in poverty. By removing these barriers, we are helping to set up our next generation for success regardless of their household income.

Please support the United Way of North Central Iowa and make a difference in the lives of our children this holiday season!

Kara Ruge
United Way Board Vice President

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5 Responses to Opinion: United Way of North Central Iowa helps children

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 14, 2019 at 7:19 am

    United Way Of North Central Iowa Helps Children AND…. Help their CEO and EXECUTIVES fill their pockets full of peoples hard earned money! One of the WORST so called charity foundations in the country!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 13, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Our family always donates to the Ronald Mcdonald house foundation and for a good reason! They are the best! Not only the CEO of United Way makes that much money. Research and check out how much they pay their other executives! DISGUSTING! NO Charity foundation should NEVER, EVER have to pay that much money to their people! IT SHOULD BE VOLUNTEER! If they don’t like it, DON’T DO IT!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 12, 2019 at 8:23 am

    United way CEO Brian Gallagher made $1.66 million in 2017! WHY? Salvation Army CEO $147,201. Ronald Mcdonald house CEO $0.00. UNICEF CEO. $1.2 Million and a Rolls Royce. March Of Dimes $495,000. American Red Cross $1.03 Million. Goodwill $2.3 Million. Choose wisely when giving! Do your research. Be smart. There is NO reason some of these CEO’S should be making this kind of money! SICKENING!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 12, 2019 at 5:25 pm

      Think I know who I won’t be contributing to this year. Thanks.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 12, 2019 at 7:54 am

    How much does your CEO make a year and why?