August 2014 - United Way of Greater St. Louis

Hope in Ferguson

For the past two days, United Way and several of our local partners opened a Community Resource Drop-In Center to help the residents affected by the recent events in Ferguson. Residents arrived early and packed every corner of the Dellwood Community Center.…Continue Reading

Three Ways You Can Help Ferguson

The St. Louis region is known for its generosity, so it’s no surprise that United Way has received many inquiries into how people can help those impacted by the upheaval in Ferguson. Here are three ways you can get involved…Continue Reading

Helping Ferguson

More than 300 people attended United Way’s Community Resource Drop-in Center on Saturday, August 16 for hot meals, food staples, basic needs assistance, and activities for the children. Families came with stories of feeling trapped inside their own homes, of trying to put their kids to bed to the sounds of horns blaring and voices over megaphones, of losing jobs because they couldn’t get to the work, of being under constant stress.Continue Reading

Serving the Unbanked and Underbanked in the St. Louis Region

According to a recent article from St. Louis Public Radio, the unbanked are defined as households that do not have a checking or savings account at an institution insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). People who are considered to be underbanked have a bank account but still use alternative financial services, including check cashing, money orders and pay day loans either by choice or necessity.

In 2006, United Way of Greater St. Louis created its Financial Stability and Independence Initiative to help the unbanked and underbanked in our community and empower them to move from poverty to an improved quality of life through financial education, consumer training and access to asset-building resources and support.Continue Reading