The presence of a robust and safe community can strengthen and enhance the lives of its community members, affording them the necessary tools to thrive.
When disaster strikes, it’s good to know where to turn. Increasingly, individuals, families, neighborhoods and even entire communities are turning to United Way. Through United Way 2-1-1, United Way of Greater St. Louis takes a central role in helping communities and individuals recover from disaster, assisting with government coordination, volunteer recruitment, call center activities, neighborhood outreach and more.
United Way’s Volunteer Center connects individuals, companies and nonprofits to thousands of reputable service opportunities and helps to build capacity for local volunteering efforts while raising awareness of the value that volunteers bring to our communities.Learn more
In order to create lasting solutions to big social problems, organizations — including those in government, civil society and the business sector — need to coordinate their efforts and work together around a clearly defined goal. United Way of Greater St. Louis has been selected to serve as “backbone” for two local collective impact initiatives for child well-being, providing dedicated staff and supporting infrastructure including technology, communication, and data reporting.
Community Enhancement Grants are investments United Way makes into a specific community or to help with an emerging need. Open to any nonprofit agency meeting the criteria of the grant – not just United Way partner agencies – these one-time grants give nonprofits the opportunity to start a new program, enhance an area of service or purchase needed equipment and supplies. Community Enhancement Grants are another way United Way makes our region a better place for all of us.Learn more
people were successfully linked with community resources
community service providers enhanced their knowledge, capacity, and performance
people were prepared for or successfully recovered from an emergency or disaster
The Meramec River seeped into 61-year-old Linda’s mobile home, but with the help of United Way and American Red Cross she knew she'd survive.Read Linda's story
Maggie knew she wanted to do something meaningful, get involved, and give back to her community – she just needed the right opportunity.Read Maggie's Story
When Carmie’s neighborhood experienced looting and civil unrest, the struggling community was thrust into turmoil. Seeking respite from the disruptions, Carmie received assistance from United Way’s drop-in center, and was inspired to start helping.Read Carmie's story
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