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Neighborhood Based Efforts - Viva East Bank! and Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

Viva East Bank! 

Viva East Bank! is a coalition of residents and partners working together to revitalize three east-side neighborhoods in Des Moines: Capitol Park, Capitol East and MLK Jr. Park. Viva East Bank! consists of over 30 partners who are implementing comprehensive revitalization plans prepared by neighborhood residents in partnership with The City of Des Moines. Viva East Bank! came to formal existence because no single action or organization can achieve the revitalization of these three neighborhoods on its own.

Shifting from isolated impact to collective impact is not merely a matter of encouraging more collaboration or public-private partnerships, it requires a systemic approach to social impact that focuses on the relationships between organizations and the progress toward shared objectives.

By focusing on neighborhoods, the Viva East Bank! model allows for a place-based approach to addressing the needs of the neighborhoods. Viva East Bank! has five foci: 1) community building, 2) infrastructure, 3) community programming, 4) housing, and 5) business districts.

To date, over $9.3 million has been invested into the East Bank neighborhoods. This value does not include staff or volunteer time. For more information on partners, goals and success stories, please visit their website:

Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

At the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, we’re helping families and individuals improve their financial position and connecting them with their work and career goals. From its location in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa, the state’s capital city, the Evelyn K. Davis Center is helping many Central Iowans build their educational and job dreams. This first-of-its-kind center is a beacon for those looking for educational, job training and career opportunities by delivering these workforce services. We’re preparing many Central Iowans to find their life’s calling as successful, working Iowans.View our annual Community Report

The Center is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesUnited Way of Central Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). Along with a grocery store located in the same building complex, the partnership is providing solutions to three crucial needs identified by local residents: workforce training, employment opportunities and grocery and retail services.

  • Education and Employment services including job search assistance, job interview preparation, short-term certificate training, creation of employment plans, career resume preparation assistance, job placement, job preparation, Adult Based Education classes (referral), digital literacy, basic literacy and career assessments.
  • Income and Work Supports such as benefits screening, income tax preparation and access to public benefits.
  • Financial Services/Asset Building including financial literacy, FASFA, credit repair programs, debt reduction plans and EITC.