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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 […]

Empowering financial freedom

April 21, 2022

It was during the first phase of the COVID-19 crisis that Lakeezia realized she was struggling with her finances. Her credit card debt had piled up and she knew she needed help getting back on track. That’s when she was introduced to United Way’s Access-Savings-Support-Education-Training (ASSET) Program through our partner agency, Parents as Teachers.   […]

Impact Through Volunteerism

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 […]

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 […]

Set yourself up for success

February 24, 2022

  Set Yourself Up for Success   From an early age, we have been setting goals and figuring out a way to attain them. Simply put, we desired something, and we worked to get it. Throughout our professional lives, we constantly assess what we are trying to achieve. As we go through our careers, we […]

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 […]

United Way 2-1-1 Community Impacts in 2021

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 […]

Keith Williamson named board chair of United Way of Greater St. Louis

February 1, 2022

Keith Williamson, president of the Centene Charitable Foundation, has been named the 2022-2024 chair of the board of directors for United Way of Greater St. Louis. He succeeds Michael Moehn, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Ameren Corp. and president of Ameren Services, who held the board chair position since 2020. “United […]

The Strong Legacy of Giving Back: St. Louis Women Leaders Coming Together To Lift Up Each Other

December 8, 2021

The Strong Legacy of Giving Back: St. Louis Women Leaders Coming Together To Lift Up Each Other   Originally published in the St. Louis Business Journal By: Margaret McDonald, senior principal, HOK, and Susan Stith, vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, civic affairs, and executive director of the Cigna Foundation 2021 United Way Women’s Leadership […]

What we’re grateful for in 2021

November 15, 2021

What we’re grateful for in 2021   Whether it’s through donating time, treasure or other resources, we are so grateful for the many ways our community has stepped up to help us build a better St. Louis region. Our neighbors and our region face many challenges, but when we come together, we can make an […]

Your 2021 Holiday Giving Guide

November 12, 2021

Your 2021 Holiday Giving Guide   At United Way, we understand that we can make an incredible impact in this community when we unite together. And with the holiday season, there’s a desire in the air to give back and help others.   Our St. Louis community completed 190 holiday volunteer opportunities, including 13 virtual […]

Leadership Givers lift one another and our community

October 29, 2021

Leadership Givers lift one another and our community   Originally published in the Edwardsville Intelligencer. By Meghan Freeman, Director of Leadership Giving for the United Way of Greater St. Louis   Through my work with United Way, I’ve come to see that each of us as individuals can only do so much, but when we come […]

Leadership Givers raise their hands to help others

October 11, 2021

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 their careers. […]

Charmaine Chapman Society membership gives and receives

September 16, 2021

    Charmaine Chapman Society membership gives and receives   The Charmaine Chapman Society embodies the legacy of black philanthropy in the St. Louis Region. With over 600 members, it is the number one charitable program for Black leaders in the nation and provides a powerful platform to invest back into our community. In addition […]

United Way names Todd Schnuck and Roman Wuller co-chairs of 2021 campaign

July 15, 2021

    United Way names Todd Schnuck and Roman Wuller co-chairs of 2021 campaign Announced 11 others who will lead this year’s Leadership Societies’ campaign efforts United Way of Greater St. Louis announced today that Todd Schnuck, chairman and CEO of Schnuck Markets, Inc., and Roman Wuller, chair of Thompson Coburn, will serve as […]

How You’re Helping Here through United Way

July 12, 2021

  How you’re Helping Here through United Way   This July looks very different than last July. Busch Stadium is open, and we’re able to watch the Cardinals play. Friends and family are finally able to come together. The community we all love so dearly is opening back up.   That love for our Missouri […]

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 […]

What your fellow Leadership Giving Society members are reading

March 12, 2021

  What your fellow Leadership Giving Society members are reading March is National Reading Month – the perfect time to fall back in love with reading or find a new title to add to your list.   We asked some of our Leadership Giving Society members for recommendations. Here’s our list of books to […]

What your fellow de Tocqueville Society members are reading

  What your fellow de Tocqueville Society members are reading March is National Reading Month – the perfect time to fall back in love with reading or find a new title to add to your list.   We asked some of our de Tocqueville Society members for recommendations. Here’s our list of books to […]

Our National Reading Month book picks

  Our National Reading Month book picks   March is National Reading Month – the perfect time to fall back in love with reading or discover something new.   Reading and a love of learning can help children and adults reach their potential, as well as fostering empowerment and opening up new perspectives.   Looking […]

How United Way helps kids build critical reading skills

March 10, 2021

      How United Way helps kids build critical reading skills     Everyone deserves access to quality education and the opportunity to reach their potential.   However, 61% of kids from low-income families do not have any books at home, according to the Literacy Project Foundation. With nearly 1 in 5 kids across […]

A New Normal

February 12, 2021

    A New Normal   For nearly a year, we have been impacted by incredible challenges stemming from a global pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost and millions of Americans have lost their jobs and their livelihood. Our St. Louis region has not been immune to any of these struggles.   […]

Meeting the Challenge: United Way helps people ‘live their best possible lives’

February 11, 2021

    Meeting the Challenge: United Way helps people ‘live their best possible lives’   The following blog post was originally published in The Edwardsville Intelligencer, reported by Scott Marion.   EAST ALTON — In a year unlike any other, the United Way continued to answer the needs of the community.   Despite the challenges […]

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 […]