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Your holiday giving roundup

November 13, 2020

    Your holiday giving roundup   With Thanksgiving and the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to give back and help the community.   Giving the gift of help and hope is especially important this holiday season. Because of COVID-19, many of our neighbors are facing food and housing insecurity, […]

Volunteer as a board member at a nonprofit you believe in

November 12, 2020

    Volunteer as a board member at a nonprofit you believe in   The following blog post originally ran in the St. Louis American.   Joining the governance board of a local nonprofit can be one of the best ways to make a significant impact in our community. Although it’s been more than a […]

How United Way’s network is helping during COVID-19

November 5, 2020

    How United Way’s network is helping during COVID-19   For far too many families across the region, they’re forced to choose between paying for a hot meal for the family or rent to keep their home. A needed medication or filling up the car to drive to work.   People across the St. […]

United Way and Labor movement unite to support Southwest Illinois community

November 4, 2020

    United Way and Labor movement unite to support Southwest Illinois community   The following blog post originally ran in the Edwardsville Intelligencer.   United Way and organized labor first teamed up when our community and nation needed it: in 1941, when the world was at war.   Now, almost 80 years later, […]

How United Way equips nonprofits to serve our region

October 15, 2020

    How United Way equips nonprofits to serve our region   Our region is only as strong as our local nonprofits. These organizations feed, shelter, educate, inspire and engage 1 in 5 people each year. They lay a strong foundation for all of us to meet our everyday needs, as well as recover from […]

Include “Lifting” In Your Daily Workout

    Include “Lifting” In Your Daily Workout   The following blog post originally ran in the St. Louis American.   Last week, I woke up laser-focused on introducing a new workout routine into my day. As a busy leader with minimal down time, I knew I had to quickly craft a step-by-step action plan […]

Four reasons giving back gives careers a boost

October 9, 2020

Four reasons giving back gives careers a boost   It’s no secret – employees just entering the workplace, including millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) and Gen Z (those born after 1997), are the future of our business community and our region. These two groups will make up 58% of the workforce by 2030, […]

The Power of We

September 15, 2020

      The Power of We   By: United Way 2020 Campaign Spokespersons: Dave Steward, founder and chairman of World Wide Technology, Kathy Osborn, president and CEO of the Regional Business Council, Penny Pennington, managing partner of Edward Jones, and Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren Corporation   The following blog post […]

Three ways donating to nonprofits can help your taxes

September 4, 2020

    Three ways donating to nonprofits can help your taxes   While there are many reasons to love giving back to your community, there is one that you may not have thought about: When you donate to your favorite qualifying nonprofit, you may be able to take advantage of different tax benefits that can reduce your taxable income.   Here are three tax […]

How to take your United Way campaign virtual

August 17, 2020

  How to take your United Way campaign virtual   This year, it’s more important than ever that we stand United. Our region is facing incredible challenges because of the COVID-19 crisis, and our community needs us now more than ever.   By coming together, we can provide the help and hope our region needs. […]

Crucial food support for seniors

July 24, 2020

    Crucial food support for seniors   As accessing healthy food has become a challenge for many in our community, United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline has seen a 61% increase in calls for food assistance. The need is especially significant for seniors, who are considered high risk for exposure to COVID-19.   With support from a United Way […]

Helping families bridge the gap

    Helping families bridge the gap   Many immigrant families and non-English speaking families are facing impacts stemming from the COVID-19 crisis. United Way supported SouthSide Early Childhood Center is seeing this firsthand. At SouthSide, 43% of children have a first language other than English, 48% come from immigrant families, and 80% live in poverty.   With support […]

Feeding kids and families in North St. Louis

    Feeding kids and families in North St. Louis   With many families already facing limited access to transportation, childcare and grocery stores, challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic have made it even harder for many to afford and access basic needs. Since the start of COVID-19, United Way 2-1-1 has seen a 71% […]

Helping build bright futures

    Helping build bright futures   Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, communities across the country have experienced widespread job loss, with the unemployment rates in Missouri and Illinois jumping to 10.1% and 15.2%, respectively. For families who were already struggling to meet their basic needs, a sudden loss of income can add to their challenges.   […]

United Way steps up to help St. Louis during COVID-19

July 14, 2020

    United Way steps up to help St. Louis during COVID-19   In early March, all of our lives changed when the COVID-19 crisis started to impact the U.S. As the way we live and work shifted, we knew we were going to need to step up for our community in a big way. […]

Go behind the scenes of our community’s disaster response

July 13, 2020

    Go behind the scenes of our community’s disaster response By Regina Greer   In the wake of a disaster, every hour, every resource matters to move from crisis to recovery.   When disaster strikes, hundreds or even thousands of survivors need help with anything from cleanup to counseling, from food to housing support. Hundreds of nonprofits step forward to offer […]

Four community pillars to lead United Way’s annual campaign

June 24, 2020

  ST. LOUIS (June 24, 2020) —David Steward, founder and chairman of World Wide Technology; Kathy Osborn, president and CEO of the Regional Business Council; Penny Pennington, managing partner of Edward Jones; and Warner Baxter, chairman, president, and CEO of Ameren Corporation, will serve as spokespersons for United Way of Greater St. Louis’s annual campaign […]

United Way of Greater St. Louis awards $720,000 in COVID-19 Response grants

June 10, 2020

  United Way of Greater St. Louis awards $720,000 in COVID-19 Response grants Organization has invested more than $1.2 million into local nonprofits since crisis began in March   ST. LOUIS (June 8, 2020) – United Way of Greater St. Louis today announced it has awarded 50 nonprofits with response grants totaling $720,000 to address […]

6 Ways to Use Your Economic Impact Payment

June 5, 2020

  Economic Impact Payments are being sent to millions of Americans to help during this economic and health crisis. Over 2 million people in Missouri and 4.8 million in Illinois will receive an Economic Impact Payment.   But you may be wondering: what should you do when you get your payment? The answer will be […]

A message from our president and CEO

May 31, 2020

Message from our president and CEO   We are a nation and region in pain. Six years ago, we felt the collective anguish of Michael Brown’s death. And, while we have made limited steps toward healing and equity, we still have a long way to go to dismantle the systems of injustice and inequality that […]

Six Needs We’re Seeing (and Responding To) During COVID-19

May 21, 2020

    Six Needs We’re Seeing (and Responding To) During COVID-19   As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we are facing complex challenges in our community. Many people who were already vulnerable are even more at risk, and many others need help for the first time.   And the nonprofit organizations that help are under more stress than ever. Since the […]

Supporting essential workers

May 19, 2020

    Supporting essential workers   From healthcare workers to grocery store employees to bus drivers, essential workers are keeping our region safe and healthy right now. But with kids home from school and many childcare facilities closed, parents need a safe place to send their children so they can continue to work.   With […]

Critical support for East St. Louis

    Critical support for East St. Louis   East St. Louis and its surrounding area are some of the most underserved communities in our region. With many families already facing limited access to transportation, childcare and grocery stores, COVID-19 has made it even harder for many to afford and access basic needs. Since the […]

New hope for domestic violence survivors

    New hope for domestic violence survivors   Staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis may be the safest option for some, but that’s not the case for domestic violence survivors. Staying home means more time with their abuser, and all the stress of COVID-19 can trigger violence.   United Way 2-1-1 has actually […]

Access to healthcare for immigrants

    Access to healthcare for immigrants   Immigrants and non-native English speakers are particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis. On top of social distancing, they face cultural, language and insurance barriers to receiving healthcare. Quality care is vital, especially for those who have had exposure to COVID-19.   United Way is stepping up to […]