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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 […]

Six Donations Food Banks Need Most This Summer

May 13, 2019

For families facing food insecurity, summertime is anything but a vacation. Without access to school meals, they are faced with a tough question: How do I feed my kids?   Want to help fight summer hunger in our region? Here are some of the items in high demand at food pantries and food banks in […]

Helping the whole family overcome summer hunger

It happens every year: The final bell rings, and kids jump up from their desks and run out the door. It’s finally summer vacation – time for three months of fun and relaxation.   But for the thousands of families in the St. Louis region facing food insecurity, summer vacations aren’t filled with such promise. […]

Visit These Thrift Stores to Shop Smart – For Good

March 25, 2019

Whether you’re looking to save on household goods or update your wardrobe with unique pieces, visiting a thrift store is a great way to find the perfect bargain.   And recently, in the wake of the popular Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” which teaches viewers to organize their homes and purge their closets, […]