You never know when disaster will strike. It could be in the form of a tornado or flood, a sick child, or a lost job. Whether it impacts an entire region, an entire neighborhood, an entire street or an entire family, each disaster requires its own unique response.

How does United Way of Greater St. Louis help?

United Way is committed to making our community a better place to live for all of us. That’s why we’re there with our partner agencies for the everyday needs of neighborhoods and the unexpected needs after a disaster strikes. Here are a few more ways United Way helps helps:

United Way 2-1-1

United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline is available 24/7 to help people navigate all of life’s ups and downs, including the big disasters that affect a large number of people. This service is provided by United Way of Greater St. Louis to the nine counties in Illinois United Way serves as well as the entire state of Missouri.

Individual and family disaster relief

Disasters such as fire can strike anyone at any time. It’s good to know that when they do strike, someone will be there with emergency shelter, a warm blanket or just a hand to hold. United Way invests nearly $4 million each year into agencies that help people recover from disasters.

Community disaster relief

When disaster strikes, it’s good to know where to turn. Recently, United Way of Greater St. Louis played key roles in tornado recovery during the Good Friday tornadoes, Joplin tornadoes, Hazelwood tornadoes, and Bellefontaine Neighbors tornadoes. Our relief efforts connected individuals and families to emergency and long-term resources, organized thousands of volunteers and helped municipalities navigate the recovery process.

Long-term recovery

United Way is there immediately after a local disaster and in the long term, helping people rebuild their lives.

Neighborhood-focused outreach

Some neighborhoods benefit from focused efforts due to a higher concentration of people living in poverty. United Way-supported neighborhood centers stabilize these communities by offering unique resources for families and seniors, including job training, financial education, housing assistance, food, affordable childcare and more.

In addition, we provide:

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