Community Initiatives

In addition to supporting a strong system of quality agencies to meet community needs, United Way also believes in forming partnerships among public and private organizations to help with specific issues and needs. Each year, millions of dollars are invested into these programs and initiatives to help people live their best possible lives.

100 Neediest Cases

In partnership with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the 100 Neediest Cases program assists thousands of families in need during the December holidays by distributing cash and gifts-in-kind donations throughout the greater St. Louis area. Learn more.

Community Enhancement/One-time Grants

Offers annual one-time grants throughout the region to provide financial support for new and emerging issues for both United Way funded and non-funded local agencies. Learn more.

Dollar More and Dollar Help

Funded by voluntary contributions from Ameren customers and Ameren Corporation (Dollar More), and Laclede Gas customers and Laclede Gas Company (Dollar Help), these programs help local families stay warm in the winter, cool in the summer and healthy all year long. United Way, Ameren and Laclede Gas share administrative costs so every dollar donated goes to people in need.

Financial Stability Programs

Empowers people to move themselves from poverty to an improved quality of life through financial education, consumer training and access to asset-building resources and supports.

Imagination Library

United Way of Greater St. Louis and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library want to help more kids have books in their homes. Through the program, books are delivered directly to the child’s home – one per month – until he’s 5 years old. Learn more.

Money Smart Week

Provides hundreds of free classes to kids and adults on money management, setting financial goals, saving for retirement and college, buying a home, relieving debt, building credit, and avoiding identity theft. Learn more.

Volunteer Center

Connects individuals, companies and nonprofits to thousands of reputable service opportunities and helps to build capacity for local volunteering efforts while raising awareness of the value that volunteers bring to our communities. Learn more.