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The Four Ways You’re Helping Here in the St. Louis Region

April 1, 2021

  The Four Ways You’re Helping Here in the St. Louis Region   As a community, we are all interconnected. Each of our actions impacts others. We rely on each other to thrive, and when one of us is helped, we are all lifted.   That means that you – yes, you – are an […]

Three ways United Way fosters learning

March 12, 2021

    Three ways United Way fosters learning   The world is full of new and exciting things to learn, especially for kids. But, for some, access to resources, tools, and supports are limited, which causes barriers to learning.   Children make up about 23% of the U.S. population, and less than half of Missouri […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

What food insecurity means for a child’s development

March 12, 2020

    What food insecurity means for a child’s development     Food insecurity – not knowing where your next meal is coming from – can affect everyone. From adults, children and families, food insecurity can place an added stressor on their daily lives.   It puts pressure on parents to find enough healthy food […]