For nearly 100 years, United Way of Greater St. Louis has had a vision to help our neighbors. Our vision today isn’t much different, but as we look toward our second century of helping people, we asked ourselves: How could we have an even greater impact for our community?
Our Safety Net agencies are doing important work throughout our 16-county region to ensure our neighbors have help for their needs – like food, shelter, job training, mentorship for young people, safe havens and more.
Starting with Community Need
It took three years and a team of experts to gather thousands of data points, listen to hundreds of community members and study the needs of people throughout our region. This, coupled with our longtime experience, confirmed the need for high-performing safety net agencies focused on key impacts and outcomes, racial equity and cross-sector collaborations.
When we look at needs, we know that many are interconnected: When an individual doesn’t have access to transportation, it’s difficult to get to a job; when children are hungry, they’re less successful in school. We know we need to take an interconnected approach to our funding strategy to have the greatest impact. Read more about our vision of aligning our funding to our community’s needs and real outcomes.
Keeping the Safety Net Strong Now
The impacts of the COVID-19 crisis have only brought further to light how critically important United Way is in keeping our region’s safety net strong and healthy. By maintaining a strong nonprofit safety net system with a focus on racial equity, we help to fuel the services and programs that are building a strong foundation for families throughout our region so they can stay healthy, access education, meet basic needs and become financially stable.
As always, if you or a loved one needs help, we are here. Just dial 2-1-1 or visit 211helps.org for local resources in Missouri and Illinois.