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Community Goal for 2020

By year 2020, increase the percentage of people who are financially self-sufficient from 64.5% (2008) to 75%. 

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Narrowing Priorities

Four priority areas have evolved from the Opportunity work since June, 2014.

  1. Education and Employment Readiness
  2. Housing and Transportation
  3. Change: Place Based, System and Individual Change
  4. Food Security

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Central Iowa is a place of Opportunity, Innovation, Caring and Cooperation!

These strengths have been combined in the OpportUNITY logo.

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Draft - OpportUNITY Plan

A draft of a community plan to reduce poverty was presented at the Nov. 2-3 Summit. Participants offered numberous ideas for revision. A new version will be posted before Jan. 1, 2016. Please send feedback to hgrossman@unitedwaydm.org

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Who are we?

The Opportunity mission is to build a community where all of our neighbors can live without want and need

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