Donor Advised Funds Are Strengthening Family Ties

May 16, 2023

  Donor Advised Funds Are Strengthening Family Ties.   A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is like a charitable investment account that is set up for the sole purpose of supporting charities. When a donor contributes to a DAF, they receive an immediate tax deduction. We call this Tax-Smart Giving. But did you know there are […]

Donating stock: an easy way to give your annual gift “a lift” and help people in our community.

April 17, 2023

  Donating stock: an easy way to give your annual gift “a lift” and help people in our community.   April is Money Smart Month, and what better way to celebrate than by making a charitable contribution that can have a lasting impact?   One smart way to make a charitable contribution is by donating […]

United Way Volunteer Center marks 90 years

April 14, 2023

The below article was initially published in The Telegraph.   The spirit of volunteerism has long been the backbone of the bi-state region; through many challenging times, our neighbors have always stepped up to get involved and help each other out. Our local United Way’s Volunteer Center has played a critical role in giving our […]

Mentorship can have a profound impact – at any stage

March 14, 2023

  Mentorship can have a profound impact – at any stage   Women’s History Month offers a special opportunity for us to celebrate women’s accomplishments while recognizing their tremendous impact on others by serving as mentors and role models. Their collective efforts are helping to develop other strong, successful and talented leaders, critical to securing […]

United Way Welcomes New Board Members

March 1, 2023

United Way of Greater St. Louis added seventeen new members to its board of directors, including: Elizabeth Adefioye, Chief People Officer, Emerson David D. Allen, President, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis Joann M. Barton, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, Banking, Trust Services, Employee Benefits Administration, Busey Bank Floyd Bell, President, […]

Stability in the midst of uncertainty: How United Way is helping people build a strong financial future

The current economic climate has left many individuals and families worried about their future. Inflation and the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 crisis have made it difficult for a lot of people to afford basic necessities, and those struggling before are finding it even more challenging. United Way of Greater St. Louis provides education, training […]

Beyond Black History Month

February 27, 2023

The below article was initially published in The Telegraph.   Reflections during Black History Month remind us of an astounding spectrum of historical firsts and life-changing moments with far reaching impacts spanning generations and populations worldwide. Yet, as this month quickly draws to an end, the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of Black […]

Read, watch, listen, learn: Celebrate Black History Month

February 15, 2023

  Read, watch, listen, learn: Celebrate Black History Month   February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the contributions and achievements of Black individuals throughout history. To honor this month, we asked leaders from our Charmaine Chapman Society for book, movie, documentary, and podcast recommendations that offer a glimpse into the […]

How our partners are impacting positive change in the Black community

As we celebrate Black History Month, we reflect and marvel at how much some of our nonprofit partners have done for the advancement of Black people. Partner agencies like the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, YWCA, and Annie Malone Children and Family Services, have been working to uplift communities of color for decades.   […]

Generosity that spans a lifetime

February 8, 2023

A trip down memory lane. That infinite road can route us all the way back to our mere, unassuming childhood, where whimsical moments are the norm and complex matters, well, typically aren’t. Once we scratch the surface, though, we may discover applicable life lessons tucked away. After all, that is Kim Cameron’s experience.   Growing […]

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory

January 13, 2023

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a force for good in the world at a time when our society was incredibly divided and polarized. Dr. King believed we ought to set aside our differences and judge people by the content of their character, and not the color of their skin. Many were opposed to this […]

Providing safe spaces for our neighbors seeking asylum

December 8, 2022

Elvira enjoyed a nice, peaceful life growing up in her home country of Bosnia. She grew up living with her parents, grandmother, and sister in a small tight-knit community where everyone knew each other. Elvira loved the geographic landscape that surrounded her community – the beautiful rivers, mountains and greenery made for fun activities for […]

Gratitude from community partners

November 16, 2022

For the past 100 years, the generosity of so many local businesses and individuals throughout the St. Louis region has powered United Way to create powerful and positive change in our community. As we reflect in gratitude for this incredible support, a few of our nonprofit partners took the chance to express how thankful they […]

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 […]

Meet our 2022 Leadership Giving Society chairs

August 16, 2022

  Our Leadership Giving Societies are an important component of what we do at United Way. With over 7,000 members, our Leadership Givers are passionate, community-focused philanthropists who serve our region and develop as leaders for change. Members raise their hands to support our community through volunteerism and fundraising. They exemplify what it means to […]

Go behind the scenes of our community’s disaster response

August 3, 2022

    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 […]

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 […]

A storied history with United Way 

June 3, 2022

His first job was as a messenger in 1956, delivering telegrams on a bicycle for $1 an hour. Decades later, Dr. Lynn Beckwith is now one of St. Louis’ most renowned educators with a public library named after him in Frontenac. But, he says that if it weren’t for the help of United Way and […]

Penny Pennington and Rusty Keeley to lead United Way’s 2022 campaign

May 4, 2022

United Way of Greater St. Louis today announced that Penny Pennington, managing partner of Edward Jones, and Rusty Keeley, CEO of Keeley Companies, will serve as chair and co-chair, respectively, of its 2022 annual community campaign. Additionally, Arica Harris, director of banking and payment operations at Edward Jones, will serve as vice chair.   This […]

How volunteering boosts your career

April 22, 2022

The benefits of volunteering from a personal aspect are plentiful: you can be active in your community, you get to help your neighbors, and you can find personal satisfaction in knowing that you did your part in making the community a better place. For many, volunteering has helped their professional career.   Volunteer events give […]

Impact Through Volunteerism

April 21, 2022

In celebration of Global Volunteer Month and National Volunteer Week, we recognize our volunteers, their service, and the positive impact they have in neighborhoods across our region. We’ve seen thousands of people volunteer their time, talent, and resources to meet the critical needs of our community and to help our neighbors live their best possible […]

100 Years of Volunteers Shaping Our Work

April 20, 2022

A lot has changed over a century, but volunteering remains a strong and consistent value of the St. Louis region 100 years later. This month, we’re looking back on the history of volunteering through our organization and community.   Our history of helping here United Way of Greater St. Louis was built by volunteers […]

United Way awards over $250,000 in COVID-19 long term recovery funding to two dozen nonprofits in Missouri and Illinois

March 14, 2022

United Way of Greater St. Louis awarded 26 nonprofits who serve Missouri and Illinois residents with emergency response grants totaling $252,400. The funding was earmarked for United Way member and non-member agencies serving people in Jefferson, Warren, Lincoln, and Franklin Counties in Missouri and Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, and Randolph Counties in Illinois.   Funding through […]

Building a love for books at an early age

March 10, 2022

Singer and Actress Dolly Parton began the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in 1995 to encourage children to value the importance of reading. The program started in East Tennessee where Parton grew up, but soon expanded to serve communities all over the country through partnerships with local organizations, including United Way of Greater St. Louis. […]

Addressing Disparities in the Black Community

Among some of the most pressing challenges facing the black community today are disparities in education, economic mobility, and healthcare. Identifying effective strategies to help address inequities in these areas is extremely important to our local community and the work underway across multiple sectors. We spoke with three local leaders, currently partnering with United Way, […]

Celebrating a history of empowering women and girls

March 9, 2022

This year marks United Way of Greater St. Louis’ 100-year anniversary, and empowering women and girls across the St. Louis region is an important part of our history. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look at some of our partner organizations whose missions and programs are dedicated to helping women and young […]

Sharing wisdom on International Women’s Day

March 7, 2022

  Sharing wisdom on International Women’s Day   In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re celebrating women’s achievements and honoring the wisdom of women who are helping lead here in the St. Louis community.   In this spirit of allyship, we asked local women in leadership roles,   “What was the best […]

Shaping an organization through diversity and inclusion

February 23, 2022

Black History Month is a time to reflect, learn, and remember. As United Way of Greater St. Louis celebrates its 100-year anniversary, we’re taking a look back at several local trailblazers who have helped to build and shape our organization through diversity and inclusion.   Frankie Freeman was a pillar in community organization and civil […]

Helping youth develop healthier eating habits

February 11, 2022

Good nutrition is essential to a healthy life and a longer life span. Though according to several recent studies, African Americans are at a significantly greater risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime due to poor nutrition.   In 2020, United Way of Greater St. Louis awarded Healthy Humans a grant through its Student United […]