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Strengthen Communities

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.

How We Strengthen Communities

Disaster Relief

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.

Volunteer Mobilization

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.

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Collective Impact Initiatives

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

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.

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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. In 2017, our partner agencies and programs reported:

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

Hope in the Wake of Tragedy

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.

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Help & Hope in Ferguson

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.

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