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FOCUS St. Louis and United Way of Greater St. Louis Launch Partnership to Address Widespread Community Challenges

September 7, 2022

FOCUS St. Louis and United Way of Greater St. Louis are excited to team up to introduce a first of its kind, year-long partnership focused on exploring, understanding and addressing the most pressing needs of the St. Louis region.   A Community Needs Assessment released by United Way of Greater St. Louis in early 2020, […]

How United Way’s flood response impacted so many lives

August 17, 2022

Last month, the St. Louis region experienced heavy rains that led to significant flooding. Many of our neighbors were impacted and looking for help with a variety of needs, such as temporary shelter, assistance for debris removal and clean up, and access to food, water, and other basic items.   During times of disaster throughout […]

Positioning Our Region for a Post-Pandemic Recovery and Beyond

July 19, 2022

In late June, United Way brought the community together through a hosted panel discussion on ways to address important issues throughout the St. Louis region.   This discussion focused on the need for our region to work together collaboratively to effectively drive impact and change in how our neighbors receive help and access resources to […]

How a United Way partner is helping young people overcome obstacles

When he looks back now, Nicholas realizes that his childhood was anything but “normal”. Like many kids, he enjoyed playing sports, especially basketball, being with his friends, and he loved speech and debate class. But, he had a single mom who was taking care of him and his five siblings and struggling to make ends […]

United Way 2-1-1 Community Impacts in 2021

February 11, 2022

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 […]

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 […]

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 Food Drive to Help Southwest Illinois Residents Facing Hunger

May 10, 2021

  NEWS RELEASE United Way Food Drive to Help Southwest Illinois Residents Facing Hunger   ST. LOUIS (May 10, 2021) — United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Illinois Division will host a food drive beginning May 10 and running through June 1 to help local people facing food insecurity. The food drive is aimed at […]

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

February 8, 2021

  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 […]

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, […]

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% […]

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 […]

Critical support for East St. Louis

May 19, 2020

    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 […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Help Your Community During COVID-19

March 31, 2020

    5 Ways to Help Your Community During COVID-19   For most of us, the COVID-19 crisis has brought big changes to our day-to-day lives, and as we’re adjusting to the changes, we want to let you know we are here for you. And even though we’re social distancing, it’s time to come together […]

A note to you

March 27, 2020

    A note to you A note to you from Michelle D. Tucker, our president and CEO   Dear Greater St. Louis region,   When 2020 began, I, like many of you, was full of hope and excitement for the future of our region. While I continue to be full of hope and optimism, […]

How United Way is breaking the cycle of poverty through tax refunds

March 6, 2020

    How United Way is breaking the cycle of poverty through tax refunds     For many people, filing income taxes can feel like an intimidating task. But low-income families and individuals face unique risks during tax time.   Many low- and middle-income working families qualify for tax credits, which can off-set taxes and […]

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

February 10, 2020

      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 […]

This is what 100 Neediest Cases means for those in need

January 10, 2020

      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 United Way and Lyft are joining forces to overcome barriers

December 10, 2019

    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 […]

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 […]

“I Am Not My Circumstances:” Natasha’s Story

July 12, 2019

    “I Am Not My Circumstances:” Natasha’s Story     When Natasha’s on the track, nothing else matters but running.   She’s known ever since she was a little girl that she’s naturally fast. But her laser-sharp focus on her goals gives her an additional edge.   It’s that same drive that’s propelling […]

Flood Response & Recovery

June 7, 2019

    Flood Response & Recovery   Due to unprecedented flooding, many of our neighbors and friends are currently facing property damage and displacement. In times like these, United Way works diligently to leverage partnerships, resources and expertise to assist governments, agencies and individuals with relief and recovery efforts during a natural disaster. And, long […]

“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 […]