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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 […]

Why a strong nonprofit safety net is key to our region’s health

May 4, 2020

      Why a strong nonprofit safety net is key to our region’s health   The following blog post originally ran in the St. Louis American.     The COVID-19 pandemic has brought extreme changes to our daily lives. Suddenly, an unprecedented number of neighbors are confronted with unimaginable circumstances stemming from job and […]

How we can all take care of our mental health during COVID-19

May 1, 2020

    How we can all take care of our mental health during COVID-19   There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has brought big changes to our day-to-day lives. From work to school to social activities to the global economy, so much has changed since the crisis began – even our community’s mental health.   This is […]

COVID-19 Response Spotlight: St. Louis Area Foodbank

  COVID-19 Response Spotlight: St. Louis Area Foodbank   Our region is facing unprecedented challenges because of the COVID-19 crisis. People who were already vulnerable are now at even greater risk. And many people are reaching out for help for the first time. Our community’s nonprofit organizations are under higher demand than ever before. That’s why United Way’s […]

Twenty-one nonprofits serving Illinois residents receive $250,000 in emergency response funding

April 17, 2020

    Twenty-one nonprofits serving Illinois residents receive $250,000 in emergency response funding United Way of Greater St. Louis awards local grants earmarked from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund   ST. LOUIS (April 14, 2020) – United Way of Greater St. Louis today announced it has awarded 21 nonprofits who serve Illinois residents with emergency […]

5 Ways to Volunteer Virtually During COVID-19

April 10, 2020

    5 Ways to Volunteer Virtually During COVID-19   Washing hands – check. Hand sanitizer – check. Social distancing – double-check. Volunteer opportunities – maybe? So many are managing the COVID-19 crisis for themselves and loved ones but are also wanting to help the community. Volunteering is challenging when group activities are restricted, but […]

United Way Awards 11 Nonprofits with Emergency Response Grants Totaling $205,000

April 8, 2020

  United Way awards 11 nonprofits with emergency response grants totaling $205,000 Funding backs organizations helping to alleviate hardships for families and communities impacted by COVID-19 crisis   ST. LOUIS (April 7, 2020) – United Way of Greater St. Louis today announced it has awarded 11 nonprofits with emergency response grants totaling $205,000 through Phase […]

3 Ways to help RIGHT NOW during COVID-19

April 6, 2020

    3 Ways to help RIGHT NOW during COVID-19   During these challenging times, everyone has an important role. For some, it’s working to help the sick, protecting our most vulnerable, or even providing an essential service to one of our neighbors. For others, it’s volunteering time where appropriate to ensure people on the […]