Penny Pennington and Rusty Keeley to lead United Way’s 2022 campaign

May 4, 2022

United Way of Greater St. Louis today announced that Penny Pennington, managing partner of Edward Jones, and Rusty Keeley, CEO of Keeley Companies, will serve as chair and co-chair, respectively, of its 2022 annual community campaign. Additionally, Arica Harris, director of banking and payment operations at Edward Jones, will serve as vice chair.   This […]

How volunteering boosts your career

April 22, 2022

The benefits of volunteering from a personal aspect are plentiful: you can be active in your community, you get to help your neighbors, and you can find personal satisfaction in knowing that you did your part in making the community a better place. For many, volunteering has helped their professional career.   Volunteer events give […]

Empowering financial freedom

April 21, 2022

It was during the first phase of the COVID-19 crisis that Lakeezia realized she was struggling with her finances. Her credit card debt had piled up and she knew she needed help getting back on track. That’s when she was introduced to United Way’s Access-Savings-Support-Education-Training (ASSET) Program through our partner agency, Parents as Teachers.   […]

Impact Through Volunteerism

In celebration of Global Volunteer Month and National Volunteer Week, we recognize our volunteers, their service, and the positive impact they have in neighborhoods across our region. We’ve seen thousands of people volunteer their time, talent, and resources to meet the critical needs of our community and to help our neighbors live their best possible […]

100 Years of Volunteers Shaping Our Work

April 20, 2022

A lot has changed over a century, but volunteering remains a strong and consistent value of the St. Louis region 100 years later. This month, we’re looking back on the history of volunteering through our organization and community.   Our history of helping here United Way of Greater St. Louis was built by volunteers […]

United Way awards over $250,000 in COVID-19 long term recovery funding to two dozen nonprofits in Missouri and Illinois

March 14, 2022

United Way of Greater St. Louis awarded 26 nonprofits who serve Missouri and Illinois residents with emergency response grants totaling $252,400. The funding was earmarked for United Way member and non-member agencies serving people in Jefferson, Warren, Lincoln, and Franklin Counties in Missouri and Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, and Randolph Counties in Illinois.   Funding through […]

Building a love for books at an early age

March 10, 2022

Singer and Actress Dolly Parton began the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in 1995 to encourage children to value the importance of reading. The program started in East Tennessee where Parton grew up, but soon expanded to serve communities all over the country through partnerships with local organizations, including United Way of Greater St. Louis. […]

Addressing Disparities in the Black Community

Among some of the most pressing challenges facing the black community today are disparities in education, economic mobility, and healthcare. Identifying effective strategies to help address inequities in these areas is extremely important to our local community and the work underway across multiple sectors. We spoke with three local leaders, currently partnering with United Way, […]

Celebrating a history of empowering women and girls

March 9, 2022

This year marks United Way of Greater St. Louis’ 100-year anniversary, and empowering women and girls across the St. Louis region is an important part of our history. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look at some of our partner organizations whose missions and programs are dedicated to helping women and young […]

Sharing wisdom on International Women’s Day

March 7, 2022

  Sharing wisdom on International Women’s Day   In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re celebrating women’s achievements and honoring the wisdom of women who are helping lead here in the St. Louis community.   In this spirit of allyship, we asked local women in leadership roles,   “What was the best […]

Set yourself up for success

February 24, 2022

  Set Yourself Up for Success   From an early age, we have been setting goals and figuring out a way to attain them. Simply put, we desired something, and we worked to get it. Throughout our professional lives, we constantly assess what we are trying to achieve. As we go through our careers, we […]

Shaping an organization through diversity and inclusion

February 23, 2022

Black History Month is a time to reflect, learn, and remember. As United Way of Greater St. Louis celebrates its 100-year anniversary, we’re taking a look back at several local trailblazers who have helped to build and shape our organization through diversity and inclusion.   Frankie Freeman was a pillar in community organization and civil […]

Helping youth develop healthier eating habits

February 11, 2022

Good nutrition is essential to a healthy life and a longer life span. Though according to several recent studies, African Americans are at a significantly greater risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime due to poor nutrition.   In 2020, United Way of Greater St. Louis awarded Healthy Humans a grant through its Student United […]

United Way 2-1-1 Community Impacts in 2021

February 11th is National 2-1-1 Day, when we celebrate and raise awareness about United Way 2-1-1, our region’s navigation center. 2-1-1 has been critical to strengthening our community by providing free, fast, and confidential assistance. It has helped our neighbors get access to things such as housing, food, healthcare, transportation, and so much more. Last […]

United Way 2-1-1 is partnering with local tax coalitions to provide free tax preparation services

February 8, 2022

United Way 2-1-1 is partnering with local tax coalitions to provide free tax preparation services to St. Louis-area families with a household income of $58,000 or less in 2021. Local residents can dial 2-1-1 or visit to find their nearest tax preparation site, learn how to make an appointment, or get more information. […]

Keith Williamson named board chair of United Way of Greater St. Louis

February 1, 2022

Keith Williamson, president of the Centene Charitable Foundation, has been named the 2022-2024 chair of the board of directors for United Way of Greater St. Louis. He succeeds Michael Moehn, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Ameren Corp. and president of Ameren Services, who held the board chair position since 2020. “United […]

Books to read in 2022

January 14, 2022

Looking to add to your reading list?   Making a list of interesting books to read is a great way to bring in the new year.   Reading helps you explore important topics that enhances your knowledge of various aspects of society.   We asked leaders from some of our partner agencies for some of […]

100 Neediest Cases: A Giving Tradition

December 15, 2021

For many families in our region, the holiday season can be a harsh reminder of the difficulties they face. It’s hard to think about what gifts you’re going to buy for your kids when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from or how you’re going to pay your rent. For nearly 100 […]

Volunteers make a lasting impact on the community during the holidays

December 14, 2021

At United Way, we are committed to making a positive impact on the St. Louis region to help our neighbors and friends live their best possible lives.   At the heart of what we do are the generous volunteers who give their time, talent, and passion to helping our community and local nonprofits thrive. Volunteers […]

3 ways to help the community this week

December 13, 2021

The St. Louis region and surrounding areas have been impacted by unforeseen circumstances and the fallout from them has left many people wondering what to do or who to seek for help. Whether it’s the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 crisis or the recent devastation caused by severe weather, United Way is committed to helping […]

The Strong Legacy of Giving Back: St. Louis Women Leaders Coming Together To Lift Up Each Other

December 8, 2021

The Strong Legacy of Giving Back: St. Louis Women Leaders Coming Together To Lift Up Each Other   Originally published in the St. Louis Business Journal By: Margaret McDonald, senior principal, HOK, and Susan Stith, vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, civic affairs, and executive director of the Cigna Foundation 2021 United Way Women’s Leadership […]

What we’re grateful for in 2021

November 15, 2021

What we’re grateful for in 2021   Whether it’s through donating time, treasure or other resources, we are so grateful for the many ways our community has stepped up to help us build a better St. Louis region. Our neighbors and our region face many challenges, but when we come together, we can make an […]

Your 2021 Holiday Giving Guide

November 12, 2021

Your 2021 Holiday Giving Guide   At United Way, we understand that we can make an incredible impact in this community when we unite together. And with the holiday season, there’s a desire in the air to give back and help others.   Our St. Louis community completed 190 holiday volunteer opportunities, including 13 virtual […]

Leadership Givers lift one another and our community

October 29, 2021

Leadership Givers lift one another and our community   Originally published in the Edwardsville Intelligencer. By Meghan Freeman, Director of Leadership Giving for the United Way of Greater St. Louis   Through my work with United Way, I’ve come to see that each of us as individuals can only do so much, but when we come […]

Leadership Givers raise their hands to help others

October 11, 2021

Leadership Givers raise their hands to help others   United Way’s Leadership Givers come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and career paths. Some are new to the region and looking to get plugged into the community. Others have always called St. Louis home. Some are executives in their fields; others are launching their careers. […]

People You’re Helping Here in Greater St. Louis

October 6, 2021

People You’re Helping Here in Greater St. Louis   The St. Louis region is our home. We all want to be a part of a thriving community and your support plays a big part in Helping Here. Your support of United Way helps 1 in 3 people across 324 ZIP codes. That’s 1 million people […]

Charmaine Chapman Society membership gives and receives

September 16, 2021

    Charmaine Chapman Society membership gives and receives   The Charmaine Chapman Society embodies the legacy of black philanthropy in the St. Louis Region. With over 600 members, it is the number one charitable program for Black leaders in the nation and provides a powerful platform to invest back into our community. In addition […]

Hurricane Ida: How to help

August 30, 2021

    Hurricane Ida: How to help   Our thoughts are with our colleagues in the South and with all those impacted by Hurricane Ida. We know that in times of disaster, our community has one question come to mind: How can we help?   Donate. The best way to help those impacted is to […]

United Way’s summer impact roundup

August 13, 2021

      United Way’s summer impact roundup   This summer has been a busy one for our community. Even in the midst of continued challenges, we have come together as neighbors to provide help and hope. Here are five ways we’ve been helping here in the St. Louis region this summer.   1. Fighting […]

Helping students start their year off strong and find success

  Helping students start their year off strong and find success   Eight-year-old Jaeden* is having a rough morning, but he doesn’t know why.   He’s excited to go to summer camp, but he can’t focus or sit still. Thankfully, he knows there’s somewhere he can go to calm down – the designated Safe Place […]