United Way of Greater St. Louis Blog

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

High School Students Give Back on Global Youth Service Day!

“I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR!” sang a chorus of high-schoolers, crescendoing into the refrain of one of Michael Jackson’s most beloved singles. An hour ago, the United Way of Greater St. Louis had been filled with the silence of a typical Saturday, but now, the singing, laughter, and playful banter that tend to accompany teenage service projects brought the building to life.Continue Reading

Hope in the Wake of Tragedy

On a bitter cold December day, the Meramec River seeped into 61-year-old Linda’s mobile home.

Little did she know rain would fall until it met her chest, until her floors buckled and her paneling split, until her washer and freezer choked with water, until her memories and house of 13 years were destroyed.Continue Reading

Celebrating #AmeriCorpsWeek

AmeriCorps members nationwide are celebrating “wearing the A” during AmeriCorps Week which is March 6-10 this year. We at ServiceWorks are also celebrating the ability to build capacity for the future of our college and career development program in St. Louis.Continue Reading

3 Life Lessons I Learned by Volunteering

When was the last time you heard someone say they were excited to volunteer? Typically we see volunteering as a professional or moral obligation. Maybe we need to beef up our resume or increase our network. Maybe we simply feel grateful (or guilty) for privilege we possess and think we should give back.Continue Reading

Make the Right Call: 9-1-1 vs. 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, 24/7 source for anyone who needs help. Looking for a childcare provider? 2-1-1 can help with that. Want to make a food donation? Call 2-1-1. Need job training? Try 2-1-1. United Way 2-1-1 is your go-to resource for all non-emergency needs.

We all know 9-1-1 as the number to call when you have life-threatening or property-related emergencies. Call 2-1-1 for information and resources for everything else.Continue Reading