Celebrating a history of empowering women and girls

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 girls succeed and thrive.

YWCA of Metropolitan St. Louis, supported by United Way since 1923

The YWCA of Metropolitan St. Louis prioritizes the safety and security of women and girls by providing safe places, supporting survivors of domestic violence, building strong women leaders, and advocating for women’s rights. The YWCA’s programs focus on racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement, health and safety, and working towards addressing barriers that prevent women and girls from reaching their potential.

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, supported by United Way since 1923

Urban League’s Women’s Business Center gives women the support and resources they need to be able to succeed in business. They help women capitalize off ideas they may have for starting a business by providing them with the tools to turn their ideas into legitimate business ventures. They help inspire their entrepreneurial capabilities through workshop training and business counseling.

Good Shepherd Children and Family Services, supported by United Way since 1933

Good Shepherd Children and Family Services helps young women navigate motherhood by providing shelter, support, pregnancy treatment, and more through its Maternity Shelter and Transitional Living. They work closely with young teen mothers to help them gain parenting skills, life skills, and education.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, supported by United Way since 1923

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, supported by United Way since 1967

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, supported by United Way since 1985

Local Girl Scouts organizations work with school-age girls to instill leadership skills and traits, and help build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. They are dedicated to preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership, success and adventure through fun and empowering learning and teamwork activities focused on STEM, life skills, outdoor learning, and entrepreneurship.

Women’s Safe House, supported by United Way since 1997

The Women’s Safe House empowers women and families to rebuild their lives free of domestic violence through emergency services, education, and advocacy by providing women with housing, financial literacy workshops, transportation assistance, job placement guidance, childcare, and much more.

Center for Women in Transition, supported by United Way since 2009

The Center for Women in Transition provides a path for women to re-enter the community from jail or prison. They provide formerly incarcerated women with basic necessities, transitional housing, mentorship programs, vocational services, and life skill classes to reduce recidivism and strengthen the community.

These are just a few examples of how your support of United Way is empowering local women to build brighter futures. Annually, 57% of clients served by United Way and its partners are women and girls. When women and girls have the tools they need to grow and thrive, our entire St. Louis community is stronger.

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Rodney Humphries
Rodney Humphries

Rodney Humphries is the Communications Specialist for United Way of Greater St. Louis and a proud graduate of Webster University where he developed his passion for writing. In college, he combined his love for writing and sports, serving as the primary sports writer for his school newspaper while also developing his own sports blog. After graduating, he continued his love for writing as he served as a freelance writer for various publications. Rodney continues to be a fan of Webster athletics, you will often see him sitting courtside at a lot of their basketball games.