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we
are all

United

Now more than ever, we are all connected.

What we do now is critical to paving a path for a better future.

A gift to United Way means you can help neighbors put food on the table, have safe spaces for children and prepare for the future. 

we are all

United

Now more than ever, we are all connected.

What we do now is critical to paving a path for a better future.

A gift to United Way means you can help neighbors put food on the table, have safe spaces for children and prepare for the future.

United Way strengthens the health, equity, stability and security of our region.

Unite with us and help create a better tomorrow for our St. Louis community.

United Way supports a regional safety net of nonprofits to help catch, support and lift our community up.

But imagine what our region would look like without our nonprofit safety net.

David’s* daughter Jenny was less than 2 years old when he learned she was experiencing developmental delays. David works full time but still lives paycheck to paycheck, so he didn’t know how he could afford to find help for his daughter. Thankfully, the family was connected with a local nonprofit specializing in helping kids like Jenny, and a scholarship made it possible for her to get the support she needed. Jenny thrived with therapy and began to learn to speak and walk.

 

A few months later, David lost his job when his company had to shut down during the COVID-19 crisis, and he didn’t know how they would make ends meet. The family was able to get support from a food pantry and referred to additional safety net agencies to help fill the gaps and stay safe and healthy.

 

Without this safety net of nonprofits to turn to, families would face devastating impacts because of a single crisis.

 

Without nonprofit summer school and after-school programs, our community would see lower educational achievement and fewer skilled workers.

 

Without nonprofit food programs, like food banks and meal assistance, children out of school would have fewer meals, seniors would have to choose between staying home or grocery shopping, and families struggling to afford basic needs would have to make a difficult decision between food on the table and other critical needs.

 

Working together, we can strengthen our safety net of nonprofits to help so many in our community facing hardship and adversity. 

When we are all United, we are stronger.

United, we can build a better tomorrow for our St. Louis region.

Together, we can help our community survive and thrive.

The COVID-19 crisis is unlike any other challenge we have faced in our lifetime. United Way’s support helps those who are facing challenges for the first time and those struggling to meet further exacerbated needs.

 

United Way addresses the deep and changing needs in our community, helping our neighbors, co-workers and loved ones.

Fighting hunger and homelessness

Providing access to quality education

Making our community stronger

28 million

meals provided

1,169,796

healthy meals distributed to those in need

47,443

youth in after-school programs set up for future success

250+

families provided with childcare, allowing essential workers to continue helping others

32,764

people recovered from emergency or disaster

$1.2 million

in emergency response grants to 50+ organizations in our community

Creating connections to healthcare resources

Establishing financial stability through educational programs

Helping 24/7 through 2-1-1

62,992

children and adults led a healthier lifestyle and improved their health

2,129

seniors stayed safe in their homes

13,589

people obtained job readiness skills

5,597

people experiencing wage interruption received needed help, such as utility, rental or mortgage assistance

124,680

calls answered, helping connect callers to resources

49,000+

calls answered by 2-1-1 during the first few months of COVID-19

Fighting hunger and homelessness

28 million

meals provided

1,169,796

healthy meals distributed to those in need

Providing access to quality education

47,443

youth in after-school programs set up for future success

250+

families provided with childcare, allowing essential workers to continue helping others

Making our community stronger

32,764

people recovered from emergency or disaster

$1.2 million

in emergency response grants to 50+ organizations in our community

Creating connections to healthcare resources

62,992

children and adults led a healthier lifestyle and improved their health

2,129

seniors had nonprofit services brought to them so they could stay safe in their homes

Establishing financial stability through educational programs

13,589

people obtained job readiness skills

5,597

people experiencing wage interruption received needed help, such as utility, rental or mortgage assistance

Helping 24/7 through 2-1-1

124,680

calls answered, helping connect callers to resources

49,000+

calls answered by 2-1-1 during the first few months of COVID-19

We support 16 counties in the Greater St. Louis region and partner with more than 160 nonprofits to make sure our community’s vast needs are met.

Our
community’s

stories

Supporting essential workers 

At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, kids were learning from home and many childcare facilities closed. Parents needed a safe place to send their children so they could continue to work. We helped essential workers and their children have a safe daycare during this time. 

Our support helps families like Henry’s. Henry’s parents worked essential jobs and were concerned he wouldn’t have anywhere to go during the day when his daycare closed. Because of a United Way supported nonprofit providing emergency and essential care, Henry had a seamless transition to a fun and safe daycare environment.

Helping feed families in North St. Louis 

United Way 2-1-1 has seen a 71% increase in calls from North St. Louis for food assistance during this crisis.

Our support is helping people like Rory. When stay-at-home orders started, Rory, a single mom of three, lost both of her jobs and had to reach out to a United Way supported nonprofit for the first time. Receiving food and utility assistance made it possible for her family to have a safe space to live.

Community

Campaign

Spokespersons

Every dollar matters. 

Your gift could change a life.

 

$5

covers 20 meals for families in need

$20

provides private tutoring for a child who needs help catching up

$50

provides 2 nights of shelter for a person who is homeless

$150

provides transportation to medical appointments for 15 low-income families

$1,000

provides food for two families in crisis for an entire month.

Every dollar matters.

Your gift could change a life.

 

$5

covers 20 meals for families in need

$20

provides private tutoring for a child who needs help catching up

$50

provides 2 nights of shelter for a person who is homeless

$150

provides transportation to medical appointments for 15 low-income families

$1,000

provides food for two families in crisis for an entire month.

Unite

with us

We hope you join our community of monthly supporters who help us help people stay in their homes, put food on the table, find new jobs and prepare for the future. Every dollar makes a difference.

Copyright United Way of Greater St. Louis 2020

* The story of David is fictional, but represents so many in our community that face diverse challenges that are met by our safety net nonprofits.