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“A chance we’re willing to take with our hearts”

May 15, 2019

  “A chance we’re willing to take with our hearts”   For Donna and Tonya, being foster parents always seemed like a natural fit. With their backgrounds in special education and social work, they had hearts for helping kids and knew firsthand that so many in our region need loving homes.   In the past […]

Six Donations Food Banks Need Most This Summer

May 13, 2019

For families facing food insecurity, summertime is anything but a vacation. Without access to school meals, they are faced with a tough question: How do I feed my kids?   Want to help fight summer hunger in our region? Here are some of the items in high demand at food pantries and food banks in […]

Helping the whole family overcome summer hunger

It happens every year: The final bell rings, and kids jump up from their desks and run out the door. It’s finally summer vacation – time for three months of fun and relaxation.   But for the thousands of families in the St. Louis region facing food insecurity, summer vacations aren’t filled with such promise. […]

From darkness to hope: How Elizabeth became an ally

May 9, 2019

Every day, Elizabeth watched her husband’s moods rise and plummet without warning. She knew something was wrong, but the more she begged him to seek help, the more he brushed it off.   “I didn’t know what it was; I didn’t know what was going on,” Elizabeth recalled. “Between not understanding what he was going […]

A Conversation with President and CEO Michelle D. Tucker

April 17, 2019

Michelle D. Tucker understands impact.   As the new president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis, Michelle brings with her 20 years of experience in corporate grantmaking and nonprofit leadership. This experience combined with her service on United Way’s community investment committee and Leadership Giving societies have afforded her a strong understanding […]

Achieving their Financial Goals – and Beyond

April 12, 2019

There were some months when Maria and Daryl barely had enough to pay the rent on the quadruplex where they lived with their three children.   Both worked hard to provide for their family yet never seemed to be able to make ends meet. Living paycheck to paycheck with no savings to fall back on, […]

Answer These Four Questions to Find your Volunteer Match

March 28, 2019

In 2017, St. Louis residents completed more than 227,000 service hours through United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Volunteer Center. To put that number in perspective, that’s like watching 2,600 movies!   With so many ways to give back, choosing a cause to support can be as difficult as choosing a new movie to watch, […]

United Way Hosts Starbucks Service Fellows

March 26, 2019

United Way of Greater St. Louis was selected as one of 13 cities to participate in the Starbucks Service Fellows Program. Starbucks, in partnership with Points of Light, launched this innovative, employer-led service program to catalyze its employees’ passion for service to create enduring change in their communities.   United Way was pleased to host […]

Visit These Thrift Stores to Shop Smart – For Good

March 25, 2019

Whether you’re looking to save on household goods or update your wardrobe with unique pieces, visiting a thrift store is a great way to find the perfect bargain.   And recently, in the wake of the popular Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” which teaches viewers to organize their homes and purge their closets, […]

An innovative approach to navigating the effects of trauma

March 15, 2019

When Molly adopted Shawn*, she was anxious to provide a loving home for a child in need.   Molly knew that Shawn had ended up in foster care because his biological mother had struggled with substance use disorder. Shawn and his biological mother had experienced homelessness and ongoing physical abuse and violence as a result. […]

Want to Impact Your Community? Start by Building Social Capital.

The term social capital might be trending on social media right now, but it existed long before Facebook or hashtags. The National Conference on Citizenship defines social capital as “the networks of social relationships characterized by norms of trust and reciprocity.” It’s about developing connections with others and using those connections to provide people with […]

Three things you should know about your United Way gift

February 15, 2019

In our area, one in three people receive help from the local organizations supported by United Way of Greater St. Louis. Here are three ways your contributions are shaping our region and helping people.   1. Your gift to United Way is invested the way you choose.   When you give to United Way of […]

How to talk to your kids about race

February 7, 2019

There’s an old saying that kids are like sponges, and it’s proven true. In the early years, children constantly and effortlessly absorb everything, noticing patterns and creating rules for what they see around them.   This means that, whether parents realize it or not, while children are picking up new words and skills, they’re also […]

Lighting the Way

January 30, 2019

Edit: Candice’s story was originally published in 2015. We updated it to include her post-graduation plans and continued support from College Bound. Growing up, Candice’s mom had a dream for her daughter: that she would attend college and build a better future for herself. But she knew she couldn’t do it alone.   Candice’s […]

United Way of Greater St. Louis names new president and CEO

  ST. LOUIS (January 30, 2019) — Rich McClure, chair of the board of directors for United Way of Greater St. Louis, announced today that Michelle Tucker has been selected as the organization’s next president and CEO, effective April 2.   The appointment was made through a unanimous decision by the Board of Directors. Tucker […]

Dave Steward on Building up the Next Generation of Leaders

January 18, 2019

In 1990, Dave Steward was looking for a new adventure.   Some may have been nervous or scared to start something new, but Steward wasn’t. He had already made a name for himself by developing a system to make the auditing process quicker for railroads, and he wanted to continue using technology in new and […]

Your 2019 Do-Good Calendar

January 4, 2019

2019 is your year to shine. Getting involved in your community is a great way to make this year the best yet – for you, your neighbors and your community.   Use this calendar to get connected, learn and engage with the St. Louis region. We included some suggestions, plus blank spaces for you to […]

Five Reasons to Make Giving Back a Priority this Year

December 20, 2018

As you take the time to pencil in everything you want to accomplish in 2019, don’t forget about giving back to your community.   There are plenty of reasons to make giving part of your annual goals, and donating to charity can do more for yourself than you think.   Giving your time and money […]

No goal is out of reach

December 17, 2018

This summer was no vacation for Brandon. In fact, it was a whirlwind.   In just ten weeks, the Missouri State University junior had the opportunity to shadow physical, occupational, respiratory and speech therapists, physician assistants, a radiologist, a cardiologist and a few surgeons at SSM Health De Paul Hospital. He’s learned to apply ice […]

A week in St. Clair County, Illinois, on a $17,400 salary

December 6, 2018

In the St. Louis metropolitan area, 489,817 households struggle to have adequate income to meet basic living expenses like housing, food, transportation, health care, child care, taxes and miscellaneous expenses.   This number includes Jerri*, a single mom with two kids in St. Clair County, Illinois, who works full time but still does not make […]

Everyone has something to share: How to make giving a family tradition

December 4, 2018

For 15-year-old Katie Eisenman, life is busy. There’s honor band and youth orchestra rehearsals, Girl Scout meetings and projects, honor societies and chess teams. Like any teenager, the high school sophomore also makes time for sleepovers with friends and relaxing with family.   But through it all, she still manages to give back to her […]

The more the merrier: How a network of friends came together for a family in need

November 29, 2018

Most people think of networking as a way to advance their careers. But last holiday season, Angela Smith brought together her network of family, friends and coworkers for a different cause—brightening the holidays for a family in need through 100 Neediest Cases.   Utilizing the 100 Neediest Cases fundraising platform, the group raised more than […]

The tools to succeed

November 6, 2018

Deric Mills, 52, had the drive to build his dream career in construction — he just needed the right tools. He’d lived out of state for several years, and when he moved back to St. Louis, he couldn’t afford a car to get to training and work sites.   Deric’s situation is not uncommon, especially for […]

Leading the Way: Bringing St. Louis Together for a Better Arts and Culture Scene

Attitudes about disabilities and accessibility are changing, and one local volunteer group is leading the charge.   The Arts and Culture Accessibility Collaborative (ACAC), formed last year by MindsEye Radio, a United Way supported agency, is working to make St. Louis’ arts and culture scene more accessible for people with disabilities as visitors, patrons, […]

Volunteering: More Than an “Ought”

When was the last time you heard someone say they were excited to volunteer? Typically, we see volunteering as a professional or moral obligation—to beef up resumes, build our networks or act out of gratitude or guilt for the privileges we possess.   None of these are bad motivations. On the contrary, it shows that […]