Program areas at United Way of Greater St. Louis
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- 34,368 people experienced fewer mental, emotional, and behavioral symptoms, #2- 7,407 individuals with disabilities gained independent living skills, #3- 28,057 people successfully managed their chronic health conditions --- [238 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- 69,253 people had their immediate basic needs met, #2- 13,153 people transitioned to an improved, stable living situation, #3- 5,231 victims of domestic violence gained strategies for safety, 9 grants worth $128,282 were specific to Covid grants --- [108 grants]
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- 4,669 reported children were free from child abuse and neglect, #2- 2,279 children were ready to enter kindergarten, #3- 1,309 children and youth improved their academic performance --- [282 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- 23,733 people were successfully linked with community resources, #2- 3,605 community service providers enhanced their knowledge, capacity, and performance, #3- 44,157 people were prepared for or successfully recovered from an emergency or disaster --- [308 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- 5,274 people retained employment for at least three months, #2- 1,365 people increased their income, savings, and assets, #3- 4,640 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 Missouri and Southwest Illinois residents 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 over 2,500 agencies providing more than 30,000 services across its area. Established in 2007, United Way 2-1-1 has grown each year steadily in exposure and response to its callers. Since its inaugural year, 2007, 2-1-1 has handled more than 1.64 million calls. We serviced 99 and 9 counties in Missouri and Illinois, respectively. In 2022, contacts resulted in a total combined call volume and contacts of 162,763, with 178,519 needs identified which range from 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 and part of Illinois with best practices to effectively recruit, manage, and retain volunteers. In the 2022 reporting year, the Volunteer Center worked with 3,450 new volunteers on 4,174+ service projects which logged 11,718+ hours to help people in our service area. We also added 56 new partnership agencies and promoted through of online volunteering portal 2,725 opportunities to volunteer.
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 2022, United Way provided services to over 11 companies, foundations, non-profits and governmental partners, as well as 20 individuals.