Program areas at United Way of Greater St. Louis
PROGRAM: Foster Learning --- DESCRIPTION: Provides safe and nurturing environments that help children and youth reach their full potential by providing services such as early childhood education, child welfare, youth development, adoption, and after school programs. --- SOME MAJOR OUTCOMES: , #1- 4,391 reported children were free from child abuse and neglect, #2- 2,513 children were ready to enter kindergarten, #3- 7,659 children and youth improved their academic performance --- [459 grants]
PROGRAM: Provide Food and Shelter --- DESCRIPTION: Provides individuals and families immediate basic needs such as food, clothing, safe havens, violence prevention, and homeless and legal services. --- SOME MAJOR OUTCOMES: , #1- 106,831 people had their immediate basic needs met, #2- 13,953 people transitioned to an improved, stable living situation, #3- 8,975 victims of domestic violence gained strategies for safety --- [258 grants]
PROGRAM: Improve Health --- DESCRIPTION: Provides individuals including seniors and people with disabilities and health conditions the opportunity to live more independent, enriching lives by providing counseling, education, support, and advocacy services. --- SOME MAJOR OUTCOMES: , #1- 18,461 people experienced fewer mental, emotional, behavioral symptoms, #2- 1,513 individuals with disabilities gained independent living skills, #3-18,052 people successfully managed their chronic health conditions --- [338 grants]
PROGRAM: Strengthen Communities --- DESCRIPTION: Provides services that create and sustain strong communities through capacity building and accessible neighborhood based services, disaster relief, and affordable housing. --- SOME MAJOR OUTCOMES: , #1- 15,893 people were successfully linked with community resources, #2- 4,099 community service providers enhanced their knowledge, capacity, and performance, #3- 32,764 people were prepared for or successfully recovered from an emergency or disaster --- [459 grants]
PROGRAM: Establish Financial Stability --- DESCRIPTION: Provides services to individuals and families to increase their income, build savings, and grow assets through post-secondary education, job training, financial literacy, and coaching. --- SOME MAJOR OUTCOMES: , #1- 13,586 people retained employment for at least three months, #2- 9,880 people increased their income, savings, and assets, #3- 4,320 people obtained job readiness skills --- [34 grants]
Case management and navigation services are performed by United Way 2-1-1, a 24-hour multi-channel information and referral service available to residents of Missouri and Southwest Illinois by dialing 2-1-1, in addition to web chat, self-serve and texting capabilities. United Way 2-1-1 connects callers with community resources, volunteer opportunities and critical information 24/7 and during times of disaster. Trained Community Resource Navigators also assist inquirers in identifying and accessing critical health and human service resources. United Way 2-1-1's database contains more than 2,500 agencies providing more than 30,000 services across its service area. Established in 2007, United Way 2-1-1 has grown steadily each year in exposure and response to its callers. Since its inaugural year, 2-1-1 has handled more than 2 million calls. In 2020, contacts resulted in total combined call volume and contacts of 206, 342 for basic needs, homeless prevention, shelter referrals, crisis calls, employment services and much more.
Volunteer Center: The United Way manages the region's Volunteer Center. It is focused on creating and facilitating meaningful service projects, skill-based and leadership opportunities, and family volunteer experiences that help people in our community. The Center also provides volunteer management training to equip non-profit agencies across the state of Missouri with best practices to effectively recruit, manage and retain volunteers. In calendar year 2019, the Volunteer Center worked with 1,800 volunteers on 1,201+ service projects which logged 4,000+ hours to help people in our service area.
Philanthropic Services: Includes expenditures relating to the creation and implementation of tailored back office and advisory services for donor-directed investments that fall outside of the traditional campaign structure, including disbursement of charitable giving, development of giving strategy, impact monitoring and reporting, and management of donor directed programming. In 2020, United Way provided services to over 20 companies, foundations, non-profits and governmental partners, as well as 19 individuals.