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How United Way is building a more equitable community

February 18, 2020

  How United Way is building a more equitable community   For Sherita Haigler, United Way’s vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, helping people live their best possible lives means looking at the possibilities.   “We don’t just want to meet a need, but how can we help people to thrive and move to […]

A Love Letter to the St. Louis Region

February 10, 2020

      A Love Letter to the St. Louis Region   Dear Greater St. Louis region,   There are so many reasons why we love you.   We’re spoiled by historical landmarks and cultural institutions, including our award-winning zoo in Forest Park and the ancient Cahokia Mounds.   Our sports fans have incredible spirit, […]

United Way 2-1-1 Employee Helped Speak Hope And Life Into A Caller’s Situation

      United Way 2-1-1 Employee Helped Speak Hope And Life Into A Caller’s Situation     At United Way 2-1-1, trained professionals provide referrals to health and human services throughout Missouri and Southwest Illinois. With a database of more than 30,000 programs and services across Missouri and Southwest Illinois, 2-1-1 is the leader […]

United Way 2-1-1 Moves People From Crisis To Stability

  United Way 2-1-1 Moves People From Crisis To Stability   Did you know there’s a number you can call any day, any time to receive help with non-emergency life challenges? You know, the ones everyone could face at some point in the lives, like filing your taxes, looking for a ride to a doctor’s […]

Five things to know about United Way in 2020

January 30, 2020

      Five things to know about United Way in 2020     When United Way of Greater St. Louis started nearly 100 years ago, the world was a very different place. Penicillin hadn’t been discovered yet. Movies with sound were hitting the market. And, women had just secured the right to vote.   […]

Consistency: A resolution worth making

January 10, 2020

      Consistency: A resolution worth making     Each January, we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., who believed in working locally to promote peace, justice, kindness and equality for all. He believed in giving your all in everything you do and dedicated life to making the world a better place. […]

This is what 100 Neediest Cases means for those in need

      This is what 100 Neediest Cases means for those in need   This holiday season, single mom Crystal was dealing with more than she thought she could bear.   After being sick for months, she was diagnosed with colon cancer at 36. She started undergoing treatment – endless doctor appointments, long hospital […]

How a mentorship can change a future

January 9, 2020

    How A Mentorship Can Change A Future     There’s no doubt about it: the support of a caring adult is a difference maker. A parental figure, or mentor, helps young people focus on school, work and life. But 1 in 3 youth don’t have a mentor growing up.   A mentorship helps […]

United Way awards one-time grant to Amare

December 16, 2019

    United Way awards one-time grant to Amare   ST. LOUIS (December 16, 2019) — The Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis recently awarded Amare, a non-profit based in Wood River, Ill., a $6,432 one-time grant through the Carol F. Martin Trust Grant Fund. The grant will help fund a […]

Meet the volunteers behind 100 Neediest Cases

December 10, 2019

    Meet the volunteers behind 100 Neediest Cases     100 Neediest Cases has been a holiday tradition in the St. Louis community for nearly a century.   Each year, people across the region adopt individuals and families in need, purchasing essential items and gifts to make their holidays brighter. Last year, 850 cases […]

How United Way and Lyft are joining forces to overcome barriers

    How United Way and Lyft are joining forces to overcome barriers     When Phillip* found out he needed a blood transfusion, his heart dropped.   Phillip has sickle cell anemia, which prevents his blood from carrying enough oxygen through his body. This puts him at a higher risk of other complications, such […]

7 Best Moments from 2019

December 5, 2019

  7 Best Moments from 2019   It’s been another incredible year helping our community through United Way!   With 2019 coming to a close, we rounded up some of our favorite memories and biggest impacts.     171,155 United Way 2-1-1 calls Answered Our 2-1-1 call specialists answered 171,155 calls for a total of […]

Immigrant business owners find success in St. Louis

November 19, 2019

Our region’s thriving small business scene is one of the things that makes our community great. But what you may not realize is it’s even more diverse than you think.   According to the St. Louis Mosaic Project, immigrants in our region are 60% more likely to start new businesses than native-born Americans, with a […]

How to be a handraiser this holiday season

November 18, 2019

    For many, the holiday season serves as a reminder to give thanks and give back. Getting involved in the community is a great opportunity to bring friends, family and coworkers together and to raise awareness about the community’s needs. For nearly a century, the St. Louis community has come together to help local […]

Get Involved In The St. Louis Region During The 2019 Holiday Season

November 6, 2019

    Get Involved In The St. Louis Region During The 2019 Holiday Season   With the holiday season comes a sense of hope – an opportunity to bring out the best in our friends, family, community and even our region. Give back this holiday season at one (or more) of these volunteer opportunities in […]

Volunteering: 6 reasons why you should give your time

October 24, 2019

Volunteering: 6 reasons why you should give your time   Giving your time through volunteering is a great way to make a positive impact on your community. One of the benefits of Leadership Giving membership is the ability to join others for volunteer opportunities hosted at United Way supported agencies. Here are six ways that […]

Building strong communities

October 17, 2019

Building strong communities   When you give to United Way, your generosity helps fund more than 160 nonprofit agencies in our region that position individuals and families for success. But the impact of your gift doesn’t stop there – you’re supporting a variety of programs and initiatives that help build a stronger region.   With […]

Four Donations Food Banks Need Most

October 4, 2019

    Four Donations Food Banks Need Most   By supporting people’s basic needs, including access to nutritious foods, we are helping people now so they can be better positioned to become independent later.   Last year, more than 37,115,000 meals were provided by United Way supported agency food bank and pantry programs.   Want […]

Regina Greer on making connections and lasting change

September 27, 2019

    Regina Greer on making connections and lasting change     United Way has always been there to connect local people to what they need, but the ways it touches people and the ways in which it needs to connect have grown and changed over the years.   In her nearly 10 years at […]

The impact of a gift to United Way

September 25, 2019

    The impact of a gift to United Way   When you give to United Way of Greater St. Louis, you support a strong network of local nonprofit agencies and help build a community of which we can all be proud. As a United Way supporter, you raise your hand every day to answer […]

Behind the scenes: How our nonprofit partners are shaping our region

September 3, 2019

    Behind the scenes: How our nonprofit partners are shaping our region     Our partner agencies are on the front lines of the fight to help people live their best possible lives.   From supporting kids with disabilities to providing enrichment for seniors and helping families to thrive, they work to address our […]

Leadership Givers raise their hands to help others

August 28, 2019

    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 […]

A Warrior for the Community: Charmaine Chapman’s legacy in St. Louis endures

August 23, 2019

    A Warrior for the Community: Charmaine Chapman’s legacy in St. Louis endures   A vigilant advocate for the community. An unwavering commitment to helping people. Charmaine Chapman worked tirelessly to raise expectations and inspire the St. Louis community to help people.   “Over the last eight years, there has been no one who […]

This is what a 12-year mentorship looks like

July 23, 2019

    This is what a 12-year mentorship looks like   When it all started, 6-year-old Johnathan was only as tall as Adam’s hip. He was a little shy and dreamed of becoming a pilot. Adam had just moved to St. Louis to start his career.   Eager to find a way to give back […]

Bringing the Community Together – Blindfolded

      Bringing the Community Together – Blindfolded   On this field, the balls beep, the bases buzz and the crowd, even while on the edge of their seats, is silent.   This is Beepball, a variation on baseball that allows those who are blind or visually impaired to play, often alongside sighted players. […]