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How mentoring helps local kids build a brighter future

January 15, 2021

    How mentoring helps local kids build a brighter future   At United Way, we believe every young person deserves the opportunity to build a bright future for themselves. But kids from at-risk communities face hurdles (such as poverty, instability at home or lack of access to critical resources) that could make it more […]

Six accomplishments our community can celebrate in 2020

December 10, 2020

    Six accomplishments our community can celebrate in 2020   2020 has been a year like no other. However, our community came together for the good of all, even when faced with incredibly difficult circumstances – circumstances we’ve faced for centuries, and circumstances new to us all.   Here are six incredible achievements our […]

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, […]

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, […]

Four community pillars to lead United Way’s annual campaign

June 24, 2020

  ST. LOUIS (June 24, 2020) —David Steward, founder and chairman of World Wide Technology; Kathy Osborn, president and CEO of the Regional Business Council; Penny Pennington, managing partner of Edward Jones; and Warner Baxter, chairman, president, and CEO of Ameren Corporation, will serve as spokespersons for United Way of Greater St. Louis’s annual campaign […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Unlocking the key to our region’s future through impact

March 4, 2020

  Unlocking the key to our region’s future through impact   United Way has proudly served the Missouri and Illinois region since 1922. We started as a volunteer-led organization raising money to help operate 40 nonprofits with one goal in mind: to help people live their best possible lives.   In 1922, the world was […]

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.   […]

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 […]

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 […]

Member spotlight: Merry and Jim Mosbacher

July 15, 2019

Merry and Jim Mosbacher Q&A   To whom much is given, much is expected.   Or, as Merry and Jim Mosbacher would say: “To those who give, you get much back.” Philanthropy, they say, is part of who they are.   Together, they’ve found their passion in community involvement and made it a way of […]

Cultivating your professional network to work for you

Cultivating your professional network to work for you   From connecting on LinkedIn to meeting over coffee, today’s busy professionals have many different ways to engage with their communities and grow their network of professional relationships.   For both young professionals and established leaders, a well-cultivated professional network is a great asset. So how do […]

Julie Russell on Community Impact and Innovation

June 14, 2019

Julie Russell on Community Impact and Innovation   Julie Russell constantly asks the big questions: Why do we do what we do? How do we make sure we’re doing it well?   As Chief Impact Officer at United Way of Greater St. Louis, she works with a talented team of staff and volunteers to create […]