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Establish Financial Stability

If families and individuals have secure financial footing, they are less likely to require other services and more likely to succeed.

How We Establish Financial Stability

Workforce Development

United Way funds partner agencies that are committed to helping families overcome the challenges of poverty by developing a prepared and viable workforce. This includes agencies that provide job search support, including resume writing and interview skills, career and education counseling, and job development, placement and retention support.

Financial Education & Savings

In addition to partnering with agencies that help families gain financial independence, United Way also provides individual matched savings programs for many at-risk populations, such as youth aging out of foster care, women in transitional housing and low-income workers, where they receive help in saving for their future.

Money Smart St. Louis

Money Smart St. Louis is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. United Way partners with over 130 businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media to present over 100 free programs to thousands of youth and adults each year. Programs cover all facets of personal finance including budget basics, banking, first time home buying, planning for retirement, estate planning, as well as activities for youth such as the Money Smart Kid Essay Contest.

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Free Tax Preparation

United Way provides funding to support direct services, such as free tax preparation and earned income tax credit counseling, which helps families increase their income, pay bills, save money for an emergency fund and get out of poverty.

If families and individuals have secure financial footing, they are less likely to require other services and more likely to succeed. In 2017, our partner agencies and programs reported:

people retained employment for at least three months

people increased their income, savings and assets

people obtained job-readiness skills

No Goal is out of Reach

This summer was no vacation for Brandon. In fact, it was a whirlwind. With help from United Way, he's one step closer to achieving his dream of a career in the medical field.

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Jerri, a single mom from St. Clair County, Illinois, shares how she lives on a $17,000 salary. She works full time but still does not make enough to meet her family's basic needs.

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Basic Living Measure

United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Basic Living Measure Report, compiled in partnership with the Public Policy Research Center at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, found that 43% of all St. Louis metropolitan area households do not have the monthly income to meet their basic living expenses.

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