United Way of Greater St. Louis Blog

Where They Are Now: Karrie Brown

Do you remember Karrie Brown? Four years ago, Karrie was spotlighted in a United Way  story. She’s a Collinsville, Illinois resident born with Down syndrome who found it difficult forming relationships and performing activities many take for granted every day. But with the help of United Way supported YMCA of Southwest Illinois, Karrie blossomed into an outgoing, ambitious young woman who modeled for the national clothing company Wet Seal. Today, she continues to thrive and accomplish her dreams. We caught up with her and her mom, Sue, to get a glimpse into Karrie’s philanthropic endeavours, love of people and desire to inspire others to dream big.Continue Reading

4 Ways to Help Families in Need this Tax Season

Tax season is a stressful time for many people. Families with a modest income may also have the added burden of finding a tax preparer that fits within their budget. Gateway EITC Community Coalition is recruiting volunteers that have tax knowledge, good computer skills and friendly dispositions to volunteer now through mid-April to help ease the financial hardships for families. Here are four ways you can help:Continue Reading

How you can support those affected by the recent hurricanes

There are several emergency response organizations already in the area helping with the immediate needs of the victims. Many of these agencies, such as American Red Cross and Salvation Army, are supported by our local United Way and able to respond in times of large scale disaster because of your United Way support. Continue Reading

How EITC is Helping Families

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal benefit designed to help low- to moderate-income workers by reducing personal tax liability and increasing the refund. If one meets the income requirements, the credit can help create financial stability by allowing recipients to use more of their earnings to take care of basic needs and increase savings. Continue Reading