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A New Normal

February 12, 2021

    A New Normal   For nearly a year, we have been impacted by incredible challenges stemming from a global pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost and millions of Americans have lost their jobs and their livelihood. Our St. Louis region has not been immune to any of these struggles.   […]

Meeting the Challenge: United Way helps people ‘live their best possible lives’

February 11, 2021

    Meeting the Challenge: United Way helps people ‘live their best possible lives’   The following blog post was originally published in The Edwardsville Intelligencer, reported by Scott Marion.   EAST ALTON — In a year unlike any other, the United Way continued to answer the needs of the community.   Despite the challenges […]

Agencies receive more than $46,000 to address the digital divide

February 10, 2021

  NEWS RELEASE Agencies receive more than $46,000 to address the digital divide   ST. LOUIS (January 21, 2021) — United Way of Greater St. Louis recently awarded 10 one-time grants totaling $46,914 to local nonprofits, community agencies and faith-based organizations working to bridge the digital divide in the St. Louis region. In total, the […]

United Way 2-1-1 to the Rescue! Mike’s Story

February 8, 2021

  United Way 2-1-1 to the Rescue! Mike’s Story Mike’s father-in-law had an urgent need, and thanks to United Way 2-1-1, he was able to get it addressed.   Last year, Mike’s father-in-law, John, experienced a significant decline in health. So much so that he required a wheelchair to leave home. Unfortunately, his house contains […]

United Way 2-1-1 Got Mary Back On Her Feet

  United Way 2-1-1 Got Mary Back On Her Feet After grief and homelessness, Mary* was able to find resources through a friendly United Way 2-1-1 operator.   Several years ago, Mary lost a family member and had lost the extra support she was receiving to care for another family member. She was unable to […]

Just a call, click or text away – and ready for anything

    Just a call, click or text away – and ready for anything United Way 2-1-1 is the crucial tool that our community needs to help local people navigate new and ongoing challenges. With a database of more than 24,000 programs and services throughout Missouri and Southwest Illinois, 2-1-1 connects local people with free, […]

Free Tax Preparation Available for Local Low-Income Households

January 27, 2021

  NEWS RELEASE Free Tax Preparation Available for Local Low-Income Households   ST. LOUIS (January 26, 2021) — 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 $57,000 or less in 2020. Local residents can dial 2-1-1 or visit 211helps.org […]

Paving the path to stability – together

January 19, 2021

    Paving the path to stability – together   For young adults, a career in a high-demand industry can pave the road to financial stability. But those facing barriers such as poverty, instability at home or lack of access to critical resources experience additional challenges in a new job.   United Way safety net […]

How mentoring helps local kids build a brighter future

January 15, 2021

    How mentoring helps local kids build a brighter future   At United Way, we believe every young person deserves the opportunity to build a bright future for themselves. But kids from at-risk communities face hurdles (such as poverty, instability at home or lack of access to critical resources) that could make it more […]

Agencies receive $130,000 to help East St. Louis area youth

January 11, 2021

  Agencies receive $130,000 to help East St. Louis area youth   ST. LOUIS (January 11, 2021) — United Way of Greater St. Louis awarded 10 one-time community enhancement and COVID-19 response grants totaling $130,000 to local nonprofits, community agencies and faith-based organizations that provide programs and services to youth in the Greater East St. […]

How 100 Neediest Cases has adapted in 2020

December 14, 2020

    How 100 Neediest Cases has adapted in 2020   The 100 Neediest Cases program has been a tradition in the St. Louis area for nearly 100 years, but it’s safe to say the program has never seen a year like 2020.   Even in a year where so many holiday traditions will look different because of […]

Six accomplishments our community can celebrate in 2020

December 10, 2020

    Six accomplishments our community can celebrate in 2020   2020 has been a year like no other. However, our community came together for the good of all, even when faced with incredibly difficult circumstances – circumstances we’ve faced for centuries, and circumstances new to us all.   Here are six incredible achievements our […]

Thank you, St. Louis region!

November 30, 2020

Thank you, St. Louis region! This year marks one of the most historically devastating times ever experienced. Since March, we have been forced to expand every existing definition of disaster relief and community support needed. Each of us has been impacted directly or indirectly by this far-reaching pandemic.   For some, this time has […]

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 […]