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Steve Maritz is United Way's new board chair

posted Jan 15, 2014, 10:27 AM by Angela Marino

ST. LOUIS, MO (January 15, 2014)  ̶  W. Stephen Maritz, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Maritz Holdings Inc., has been named the 2014 chair of the board of directors for United Way of Greater St. Louis. Maritz has been a staunch supporter of United Way for many years, and Maritz Holdings Inc. has conducted a strong fundraising campaign for United Way for more than 45 years. Maritz is succeeding Jim Weddle, managing partner with Edward Jones, who held the chair position for the past two years.

 

Maritz has served on United Way’s campaign cabinet and executive committee. He was on United Way’s board of directors from 2005-2010 and returned as a board member in 2013. He also served as United Way’s campaign chair in 2006, raising $66-plus million to help people in the community. Maritz Inc. has hosted several United Way functions at its headquarters throughout the years that include trainings for United Way volunteer employee campaign coordinators and its Run through the Warehouse event.

 

“I’m humbled to be asked to help the St. Louis region in this way,” said Maritz. “United Way has a tradition of excellence, guided by some of the best volunteer leaders in our community. To continue positioning an organization that does so much good in this community truly is an honor. United Way is such an important organization to help people in our region live their best possible lives. I will do my utmost to uphold such a great tradition of helping people in this community as board chair for United Way.”

 

”We are thrilled to have Steve leading our board,” said Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “With Steve’s enthusiasm for our region, creativity and commitment, United Way will go to new levels of helping people.”

 

About W. Stephen Maritz

As chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Maritz Holdings Inc., Steve Maritz represents the fourth generation of his family to lead the company, now in its 119th year. In his role over Maritz Holdings, Steve searches for business opportunities that complement Maritz’ core business, provide value for Maritz’ clients and are profitable for the company. In addition, under Steve’s guidance, Maritz Holdings serves as a hub for client innovation.

 

Steve began his career with Maritz in 1983 as an account executive, calling on AT&T immediately following the historic break-up of that company. As he rose through the sales ranks, Steve moved to Detroit, Mich., to support the company’s automotive clients. He went on to run the sales and marketing organization of Maritz before becoming president and chief operating officer in 1997. One year later, Steve succeeded his father, Bill Maritz, as chief executive officer and was appointed chairman of the board after his father’s death in 2001. 

 

Steve is active in the community, serving on the boards of the John M. Olin School of Business, and Laclede Group. He is also a Chair of the John Burroughs School Board of Trustees, a member of the St. Louis’ Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Civic Progress Community Life Committee and past General Chairman of Fair Saint Louis. Steve served as the Greater St. Louis United Way Campaign Chairman in 2006 and will be the Chairman of United Way’s Board of Directors beginning in 2014. He is also President of the Wetlands America’s Trust Board, and is a member of the Ruffed Grouse Society Board.

 

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology from Princeton University. Married with three boys, Steve and his family live in St. Louis and enjoy pursuing their mutual interests of competitive sports and outdoor activities.

 
 

photo available: Steve Maritz

 

About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way supports more than 170 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. One in three people in our community receive services that strengthen families, help the elderly, keep children healthy and safe, and build stronger neighborhoods. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit www.stl.unitedway.org.

 

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New hires and new roles: December 2013

posted Jan 13, 2014, 12:11 PM by Angela Marino

ST. LOUIS, MO (January 13, 2014)  ̶  United Way of Greater St. Louis announces the appointment of Yinka Faleti and Julie Russell. Heather Dawson, David Gonzalez and Jerilyn Sinskey each have expanded roles with United Way.

 

Yinka Faleti: Hired December 2013 as senior vice president of Philanthropic, Donor and Community Services, a newly created position that reflects United Way’s commitment to integrated giving and service. In this role, Faleti will direct strategies for all organizational efforts for workplace, corporate, and strategic giving and volunteer engagement.

 

Faleti brings to United Way a wealth of experience in the private and public sector, as well as a lifelong passion for volunteerism. Prior to this appointment, Faleti worked as a litigation attorney at Bryan Cave LLP and a state prosecutor at the Circuit Attorney's Office. Prior to his legal career, Faleti served as a U.S. Army officer. He also serves on the executive board of the Mound City Bar Association and is an ambassador with the St. Louis Mosaic Project.

 

Faleti earned his undergraduate degree and officer commission from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and attended law school at Washington University School of Law.

 

Yinka’s leadership team:

 

December, 2013. David Gonzalez will serve as vice president, workplace campaign. Workplace campaigns raised $72,254,028 in 2013. He supports campaign volunteer leadership and oversees a team that manages more than 2,000 local United Way campaigns within workplaces. David joined United Way in February, 2002.

 

December, 2013. Jerilyn Sinskey will serve as vice president, major gifts, responsible for $27.5-plus million of United Way’s fundraising campaign total. She directs strategies for United Way’s affinity groups. Jeri joined United Way in March, 2007.

 

Julie Russell: Hired July, 2013 as senior vice president of Planning and Evaluation for United Way of Greater St. Louis. She is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience as an administrator and clinician in the nonprofit sector.

 

Julie received her Masters of Social Work degree from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

 

Julie has served on several local and national boards focused on evidence-based practices and performance excellence, including serving as a member of the Board of Overseers for the Missouri Quality Award and an Ambassador for the Leap of Reason. 

 

November, 2013. Heather Dawson was promoted to chief of staff. Prior to that she was vice president, human resources. Heather joined United Way in May, 1997.

 

 

About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way supports more than 170 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. One in three people in our community receive services that strengthen families, help the elderly, keep children healthy and safe, and build stronger neighborhoods. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit www.stl.unitedway.org.

 

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Saturday, Jan. 18 - What is St. Louis' civic health? Public forum will also honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy

posted Dec 30, 2013, 8:49 AM by Angela Marino

ST. LOUIS, MO (December 30, 2013)  ̶  United Way of Greater St. Louis invites the public to be involved in the community in three ways in January to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. First is by attending a forum about the region’s civic health from 9-11:30 a.m. on January 18. Second is to attend an agency fair immediately following the forum, and third is dozens of ways to volunteer throughout January.

 

Creating a Beloved Community − A Public Forum to Present the Findings of the Missouri Civic Health Index

On January 18, a year-long study by National Conference on Citizenship, Missouri State University, St. Louis University, University of Missouri Kansas City, Washington University, Park University and University of Missouri-St. Louis on the civic health in the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri will be presented to the public. Similar to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Sunday Suppers, this event will allow attendees to share a meal and discuss the findings and learn how they can make a difference in our community.

 

The forum will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Center for Global Citizenship, 3672 West Pine, St. Louis, 63108 (where Dr. King, Jr. spoke in St. Louis on October 12, 1946). To register/learn more go online to stlvolunteer.org/MLK.

 

United Way of Greater St. Louis, in collaboration with Washington University, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri -St. Louis, and Missouri State University will have representatives present the findings.

 

Agency fair

Immediately after the forum, an agency fair with 20 organizations will take place. The fair will connect attendees to community resources and opportunities to volunteer and learn about more opportunities to be involved in the community.

 

Volunteer opportunities throughout January

In collaboration with nonprofit and for-profit entities, United Way requests 7,500 volunteers to help with educational, economic, and environmental projects. These projects include beautification of streets and alleyways; facilitation of financial stability and technology workshops within low-income neighborhoods with an emphasis on serving veterans and military families; and opportunities to engage at one’s home, school or workplace through stl250 and United Way’s volunteer program.

 

Working closely with stl250, United Way hopes to engage 250,000 volunteers in 1 million hours of service throughout the year which embodies Dr. King’s teachings and passion to ignite, inspire and take action through service to others.

 

Millions of Americans will come together around the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in a day of service and dialogue to honor the memory of Dr. King. United Way of Greater St. Louis received funding from Points of Light and the Corporation for National and Community Service, to create new and meaningful ways to harness the passion of our nation’s citizens in honoring the memory and promoting the vision of Dr. King.

 

About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way supports more than 170 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. One in three people in our community receive services that strengthen families, help the elderly, keep children healthy and safe, and build stronger neighborhoods. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit www.stl.unitedway.org. 

 

About Points of Light

Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We put people at the center of change. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.

 

About the Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. CNCS supports Points of Light through grants which are distributed.

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Donors name United Way's downtown building in honor of Gary Dollar

posted Dec 17, 2013, 12:20 PM by Angela Marino

ST. LOUIS, MO (December 17, 2013)  ̶  To honor the legacy of caring created by United Way of Greater St. Louis’ former President and CEO, Gary Dollar, United Way’s executive board announced Monday it is naming its downtown headquarters the Gary C. Dollar building. The generous support of dozens of individual and corporate donors to the Gary Dollar Fund made this possible.

 

“One of St. Louis’ greatest treasures is our United Way,” said Jim Weddle, partner at Edward Jones and board chair of United Way, at a reception to unveil the building name. “Naming the building in honor of Gary strengthens and commemorates his many achievements in our community and positions United Way for the future.”

 

The Gary Dollar Fund totaled $2.1 million, which will allow United Way to pay off the mortgage of its headquarters, positioning United Way to help more local people.

 

“Today we honor the past and look toward the future,” said Orvin Kimbrough, United Way of Greater St. Louis president and CEO. “United Way has a strong past, helping millions of local people since our inception. Through the generous support of our board and our community, we are positioned to help millions more people live their best lives. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.”

 

Gary Dollar’s career spanned 28 years with United Way of Greater St. Louis. He was president and CEO for 12 years.

 

 

About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way supports more than 170 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. One in three people in our community receive services that strengthen families, help the elderly, keep children healthy and safe, and build stronger neighborhoods. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit www.stl.unitedway.org.

 

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Cold weather safety tips

posted Dec 3, 2013, 12:02 PM by Angela Marino   [ updated Dec 3, 2013, 12:03 PM ]

ST. LOUIS, MO (December 3, 2013) — Operation Weather Survival and United Way 2-1-1 remind you to take care during cold weather advisories, warnings and emergencies. For information on what to do during a cold-weather emergency, or to find warming shelters call 2-1-1 from a land line or 800-427-4626 from cell phones. Individuals who need help locating resources to pay for heating bills, information is available by calling United Way 2-1-1 at 2-1-1 or 1-800-427-4626. All calls are free and confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days per year. If your organization would like to be listed as a warming shelter, please contact 2-1-1.

 

Taking preventative action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems.

 

Below are tips, compiled by Operation Weather Survival to help keep you safe and warm during cold weather emergencies.

 

Personal cold weather tips:

·         Dress in layered clothing and wear some sort of head gear/covering

·         Check space heaters for sufficient ventilation and wire condition

·         Never place space heaters close to flammable objects, such as drapes or bedding or on top of furniture or near water

·         Make sure fireplace flues are working properly

·         Check extension cords for breaks or fraying

·         Do not use charcoal or gas grills indoors

·         Check on your neighbors – especially the elderly

·         Keep pets inside

·         Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

·         Insulate walls and attic.

·         Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.

·         Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.

·         Insulate any water lines that run along outer walls (water will be less likely to freeze).

·         Service snow-removal equipment.

·         Have chimney and flue inspected.

·         Install easy-to-read outdoor thermometer

·         Prepare your home and car for cold weather – safety kits are available

 

Before a winter storm hits:

 

·         Have a week’s worth of food and safety supplies

·         Keep a water supply

·         Make sure you have at least one of the following in case there is a power failure:

o    Battery-powered radio (for listening to local emergency instructions). Have extra batteries

o    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver (for listening to National Weather Service broadcasts)

·         Find out how your community warns the public about severe weather

·         Listen to emergency broadcasts

 

Winter storm warning terms:

·         Winter weather advisory (Expect winter weather conditions to cause inconvenience and hazards.)

·         Frost/freeze warning (Expect below-freezing temperatures.)

·         Winter storm watch (Be alert. A storm is likely.)

·         Winter storm warning (Take action. The storm is in or entering the area.)

·         Blizzard warning (Seek refuge immediately! Snow and strong winds, near-zero visibility, deep snow drifts, and life-threatening wind chill.)

 

Much more cold-weather related information is available at these sites:

·    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Winter weather

·    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Power outages

·    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Emergency preparedness and response

·    American Red Cross

o    Winter storm preparedness

o    Frozen pipes

o    Pet protection

·    FEMA Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

 

About United Way 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a fast, free and confidential way to find resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 call centers operate under national standards and are staffed by trained specialists who quickly assess the callers’ needs and refer them to the help they seek. Information is available on a broad range of services, including food pantries, affordable housing, health resources, child care, after-school programs, elderly care, financial literacy, and job training programs. www.211helps.org

 

About Operation Weather Survival

OWS is a coalition of local government, for-profit and non-profit organizations that coordinates resources and educate the public to prevent illness and death caused by extreme hot or cold weather. United Way handles the administration and call center for OWS.

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Record fundraising campaign attainment for United Way

posted Nov 7, 2013, 7:01 AM by Carrie Zukoski

ST. LOUIS, MO (November 6, 2013) — People in the St. Louis region have demonstrated their generosity and caring by achieving record results for the 2013 fundraising campaign to help their neighbors and strengthen our community. United Way of Greater St. Louis celebrated its campaign victory at The Sheldon Concert Hall this evening announcing that the community has helped United Way exceed its $72.25 million fundraising goal by raising $72,254,028 million to help people.

 

“What an amazingly generous community we live in--a community that helps each other every day through United Way,” said United Way 2013 Campaign Co-Chair Cheri Fromm. “It takes an outpouring of generosity from all corners of our community to generate this kind of support. I want to thank everyone who gave to this year’s United Way campaign. Together, we are supporting one million of family, friends and neighbors.”

Cheri and her husband Ron Fromm, 2013 campaign co-chair and chairman of the board of Brown Shoe Company, thanked more than 300 campaign volunteers and contributors who attended the campaign victory celebration. Thousands of volunteers worked on the 2013 United Way campaign, including employee groups, labor unions, businesses, corporations and government employees. More than 2,500 companies ran campaigns and more than 200,000 individuals contributed to the United Way campaign’s success in the 16-county region of Missouri and Illinois.

 

Ron Fromm added, “It’s incredible to see so many sectors coming together to support one cause – helping people. We received support from the corporate community, from individuals from all walks of life, from families, foundations, non-profit organizations. The work that United Way does in our region is important and our community has said loud and clear that we will continue to help people through United Way.”

 

More than 90 cents of every dollar United Way raises goes into the community to provide services that help people become healthier and more self-sufficient.

 

By the Numbers

 

The St. Louis Regional Business Council, which represents more than 100 area firms, raised more than $10.4 million this year.

 

Fifteen companies, their employees and participating labor unions were recognized for combined team gifts of more than $1 million each this year. Team gifts combine the gifts and pledges of employees with the company’s corporate contribution.

 

At the $4 million or more level in team gifts were employees of: Edward Jones and Monsanto Company.

At the $3 million or more in team gifts were employees of: Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Enterprise Holdings, and Wells Fargo Advisors. The Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. gift also includes pledges from its labor unions and Anheuser-Busch Foundation.

At the $2 million or more in team gifts were employees of: Ameren and Emerson.

 

At the $1 million or more in team gifts were employees of: BJC HealthCare, The Boeing Company, Brown Shoe Company, MasterCard Worldwide, Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Peabody Energy, Schnuck Markets, and U.S. Bank.

 

People from across the region have stepped up to help their neighbors, co-workers and friends through United Way. United Way of Greater St. Louis supports more than 170 agencies in the counties of: St. Charles, Warren, Lincoln, St. Louis, St. Louis City, and Jefferson counties in Missouri and Clinton, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, and Madison in Illinois.

 

To give to United Way of Greater St. Louis, call 314-539-4101 or go online to www.stl.unitedway.org.

 

 

About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way funds more than 170 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. One in three people in our community receives services that strengthen families, help the elderly, keep children healthy and safe, and build stronger neighborhoods. For more information, contact
314-421-0700 or visit
www.stl.unitedway.org.

 

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Find volunteer opportunities during the holidays through United Way's Volunteer Center

posted Nov 4, 2013, 9:17 AM by Carrie Zukoski

ST. LOUIS, MO (November 4, 2013) —  United Way of Greater St. Louis has gathered dozens of opportunities to volunteer during the upcoming holiday season. Starting in November, go online to www.stlvolunteer.org/holidayvolunteeringguide to find a volunteer project from Thanksgiving through end of the year.

 

This holiday volunteer site is the way to find a variety of opportunities through a variety of organizations for families or individuals to give back during the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa season throughout the metro St. Louis region. It’s the perfect time of year to volunteer your time and help build a healthier community for all. Whether you are looking for an opportunity that is short-term, starting new family traditions or a meaningful act of kindness during the holidays, United Way can connect you.

 

To find information on volunteering year-round, please visit United Way’s Volunteer Center online at www.stlvolunteer.org.

 

United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Volunteer Center connects thousands of people to quality volunteer opportunities each year in a wide variety of areas. This United Way Volunteer Center is one of the oldest in the nation.

 

About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way funds more than 170 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. One in three people in our community receive services that strengthen families, help the elderly, keep children healthy and safe, and build stronger neighborhoods. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit www.stl.unitedway.org.

 

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Thirty-two agencies receive $248,444 in one-time grants from United Way of Greater St. Louis

posted Sep 19, 2013, 2:35 PM by Angela Marino

ST. LOUIS, MO (September 19, 2013) — United Way of Greater St. Louis has awarded 35 one-time Community Enhancement Grants totaling $248,444 to 32 nonprofit organizations to aid in the specific areas of: agency collaboration, employment support, basic needs, low income youth, women immigrants and refugees, services to the Hispanic community, and youth activities in East St. Louis. The grants were made available to nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations in early and mid 2013 in defined Missouri and Illinois counties.

 

Each year, United Way of Greater St. Louis offers one-time grants throughout the region to provide financial support for new and emerging issues. One-time grants are another way United Way is helping people throughout the metro St. Louis region.

 

The one-time grants were presented to United Way-member and nonmember organizations. The grant recipients were carefully determined by teams of volunteers.

 

Listed are the agencies, project summaries and grant amount:

 

Agency Collaboration – each agency received a $16,140 one-time grant to help people in the Missouri counties of: St. Louis City, St. Louis, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, Warren and the Illinois counties of: Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair.

·         Coordinated Youth and Human Services – Enhance communication and collaboration among Madison County, IL social service providers by working with the service provider network to develop a strategic plan to improve client services.

·         Community Council of St. Charles County – Develop a pilot program offering quarterly sessions for small nonprofits to increase accessibility. Sessions will include HIPAA privacy/security, CPR first aid, diversity discrimination, sexual harassment.

 

Basic Needs – each agency received a $1,000 one-time grant to help people in the Illinois county of Monroe.

·         Human Support Services – Direct support for low-income clients (gift cards, gas cards, bus passes and groceries) to help them meet scheduled appointments and reduce obstacles.

·         Monroe County Apartments 4 Association – Help low-income clients who are disabled with rent subsidies in Housing and Urban Development apartments.

·         Southwestern Illinois College Summer High School Academy – Provide people who have dropped out of high school with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma.

·         St. Paul United Church of Christ – Provide food baskets, fresh fruit and vegetables and gift cards to clients during holidays.

·         Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois – Assist domestic violence survivors with basic needs, such as clothing, transportation, assistance with utilities and prescription medication.

 

Basic Needs – each agency received a $1,000 one-time grant to help people in the Illinois county of Randolph.

·         Westminster Presbyterian Church – Provide local residents with basic needs (food and personal care products) and holiday gift baskets.

·         Red Bud Rotary – Hold a community health fair to provide free health screenings, flu shots, health and wellness educational booths and medical professionals to answer questions.

·         Southwestern Illinois College Summer High School Academy – Provide people who have dropped out of high school with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma.

·         St. Clement Community Foundation – Hold a community health fair to provide screenings and education for diabetes, obesity, heart disease and health education.

·         Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois – Assist domestic violence survivors with basic needs such as clothing, transportation, assistance with utilities and prescription medication.

 

Basic Needs – each agency received a $1,000 one-time grant to help people in the Illinois county of Clinton.

·         Carlyle Rotary Club Foundation – Provide food baskets for low-income and homeless individuals and families during the holidays, especially the elderly and families in rural areas.

·         Community Link – Help low-income clients with disabilities with basic needs, such as personal hygiene products, food and bus passes.

·         First United Methodist Church – Provide support to the area food pantry.

·         West Gate Baptist Church – Provide food baskets, fresh fruit and vegetables, and gift cards during the holiday.

·         Western Clinton Senior Services – Provide hot meals in a congregate setting and coordinates Meals On Wheels for clients who are homebound and in more rural areas.

 

Employment Support Services – each agency received a $2,500 one-time grant to help people in the Missouri counties of St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren

·         Boone Center – Help people with disabilities retain and maintain employment by offering job development, job coaching and ongoing onsite contact with the employee and employer.

·         Delta Center – Provide a benefits specialist to individuals with disabilities to help them seek and attain employment.

·         Developmental Disabilities Resources of Lincoln County – Provide young teens the opportunity to visit area business leaders and gain hands-on experience in their field of interest.

·         Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service Center – Provide assessments of client needs and job skills, one-to-one counseling, a career center with computer assistance and online job search assistance.

·         TEMCO Inc. – Provide graduating high school students in Warren County a real-world employment experience to help them make the transition from school to work.

·         Warren County Handicapped Services, Inc. – Provide personal assistance to individuals with disabilities to maintain current employment, meet work goals, and develop strategies to help increase productivity.

 

Low Income Youth– each agency received a $7,500 one-time grant to help people in the Missouri counties of: St. Louis City, St. Louis, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, Warren and the Illinois counties of: Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair.

·         Northside Youth and Senior Service Center, Inc. – Sweet Sensation is a social enterprise program designed to provide employment opportunities, entrepreneurship and small business development skills to underserved teens through the design and operation of a beekeeping business.

 

Services to the Hispanic Community – each agency received a $7,500 one-time grant to help people in the Missouri counties of: St. Louis City, St. Louis, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, Warren and the Illinois counties of: Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair.

·         St. Charles Community College – Provide a Health Literacy Specialty Class that will work to educate the Hispanic community on healthcare services available to them and how to access services.

·         Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois – Expanded services to the Hispanic community of St. Clair County with special focus on Fairmont City.

               

Women Immigrants and Refugees– each agency received a $13,232 one-time grant to help people in the Missouri counties of: St. Louis City, St. Louis, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, Warren and the Illinois counties of: Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair.

·         Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program – Serve individuals from a variety of countries who have resettled in St. Louis City and want to learn English but face barriers to attend language classes outside their own homes.

·         International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis – Home Child Care Business Program will provide refugees with group training in small business formation, operation and child development training. The ultimate goal for the students is to open and operate an in-home daycare in their community. 

 

Young Urban Male Intervention –each agency received a $5,000 one-time grant to help people in the Missouri counties of: St. Louis City, St. Louis, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, Warren and the Illinois counties of: Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair.

·         Gene Slay Boys Club of St. Louis – Will integrate Blueprint for Reading Success, an individual tutoring program aligned with national reading standards, to target elementary-aged at-risk youth who are one or more levels below in reading.

·         The Youth and Family Center – Support for the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), a nationally recognized youth development program that works with 14 to 18 year old low income students to help them achieve academic and life success.

 

Youth Activities – East St. Louis – each agency received a $25,440 one-time grant to help people in the Illinois county of St. Clair.

·         Christian Activity Center – Offer youth a Summer Learning Academy, on-site summer camps, educational field trips and service projects.

·         Mount Sinai Family Life Center – Operate a day camp for 40 youth, ages 5-12, for eight weeks, providing recreational activities, life skills, community projects and guest presentations.

·         Nu Chi Foundation – Work with at-risk 5th to 12th grade males on life skills to build character and a sense of citizenship; youth will be paired with mentors and participate in educational sessions, conflict resolution, money management and leadership activities.

·         Law Enforcement Foundation of Illinois – Offer camps to bring together children of East St. Louis and police officers by providing opportunities to positively interact through activities, field trips and community service projects.

·         Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House – Provide teens with a structured after-school and summer programs throughout St. Clair County.

 

“We’re so happy United Way is able to offer necessary funding to these organizations,” said Midge McKee, volunteer chair of the Community Enhancements Grant panel. These grants go toward improving agencies programs and increasing resources to help people in our community and enable United Way to partner with even more community nonprofits to build a stronger, healthier region.”

 

About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way funds more than 170 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. One in three people (that’s one million people) in our community receive services that strengthen families, help the elderly, keep children healthy and safe, and build stronger neighborhoods. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit www.stl.unitedway.org.

 

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Rockin’ Oct. 4 fund-raiser to feature five of St. Louis’ best corporate bands

posted Sep 9, 2013, 8:32 AM by Angela Marino

ST. LOUIS, MO (Sept. 6, 2013) – Five of St. Louis’ best corporate bands are ditching the ties and plugging in the guitars in preparation for an annual rock and roll rumble to raise money and awareness for United Way of Greater St. Louis. United Way Battle of the Corporate Bands 8 is scheduled for 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 4 at the Old Rock House, 1200 S. Seventh St.

 

“Since the first show in 2006, the Battle of the Corporate Bands has really grown into a fun annual tradition that helps shine a spotlight on our annual campaign,” said Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater St. Louis. “It’s great to see all the participating bands and companies share their time and talent to help people throughout our region.”

 

Tickets will be available at the door for a minimum donation of $8, or in advance from United Way or any of the five bands for a minimum donation of $5. The bands are rocking out to raise awareness and donations for this year’s United Way campaign, which helps one in three people in our region annually through nonprofit organizations. All proceeds benefit United Way of Greater St. Louis and stay in our 16-county region.  Call 314-421-0700 or visit stl.unitedway.org/events for more information. 

 

This year’s bands are Not for a Billion from Daugherty Business Solutions, the Expressions from Express Scripts, Pro Bono & the Non-Billables from FleishmanHillard, Driven to Excess from Safety National, and for the first time this year, the VCRs from Nestle Purina.

 

The seven previous battles have raised a total of nearly $60,000 for United Way of Greater St. Louis.  The winner of the annual battle is the band that raises the most money; Safety National’s Driven to Excess has won four times in a row.

 

“This year we’re going for five,” said Driven to Excess lead guitarist Ed Breight. “As the reigning champs, there’s definitely some pressure on us, but everyone at Safety National is motivated and ready for the challenge. In the end, it’s really about showing support for the United Way. The bonus is having a fantastic night with lots of folks from some great St. Louis companies and getting to hear some really great music.”

 

Newcomers the VCRs are looking forward to joining the fun this year. "We’re excited to be part of this event,” said Alex Kahn, lead vocalist for the VCRs. “It’s for a great cause, and it will be a lot of fun musically to see each company’s band and make a difference through the donations we raise.”

 

Proceeds from the event will help fund more than 170 health and human service agencies in 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. The United Way of Greater St. Louis’ 2012 campaign raised more than its $72 million goal last year. The organization hopes to exceed its goal of $72,250,000 again this year.

 

Members of the five bands include:

 

Not for a Billion, featuring employees from Daugherty Business Solutions:

Ron Daugherty of Creve Coeur, Mo.; president and CEO; harmonica and vocals

Becky Fuqua of Manchester, Mo.; St. Louis branch operations manager; vocals

Greg Fey of Waterloo, Ill.; senior consultant; keyboards

John Williams of Eureka, Mo.; senior consultant; lead guitar

Mike Sallee of Kirkwood, Mo.; mobility architect; rhythm guitar

Julie Moore of Creve Coeur, Mo.; senior director; drums

 

The Expressions, featuring employees from Express Scripts:

Jeff Graham of Dardenne Prairie, Mo.; senior account manager; drums and vocals

Scott Dubitsky of O’Fallon, Mo.; manager - Business Analysis & Planning; guitar and vocals

Marty McClanahan of Dardenne Prairie, Mo.; manager - data engineering; bass and vocals

Tim King of Manchester, Mo.; senior director of financial modeling; keyboards and sax

Dan Howard of St. Charles, Mo.; IT; guitar

 

Pro Bono & the Non-Billables, featuring employees from Fleishman-Hillard:

Danny Drabb of St. Louis; senior creative director; smoking lead guitar, epic pedalboard

Jason Hillery of Godfrey, Ill.; senior vice president and partner; bass, vocals, spaghetti, brown notes

Vijoy Rao of St. Louis, Mo.; vice president; drums, percussion, bad jokes

Marty Richter of Collinsville, Ill.; senior vice president; guitar, vocals, Tasmanian wildebeest tamer

Denise “The Burner” Turner of Crestwood, Mo.; Fleishman-Hillard alumna; lead belter, percussion, “those pants”

 

Driven to Excess, featuring employees from Safety National:

Ed Breight of Manchester, Mo.; assistant vice president; lead guitar

Stan Simek of Marine, Ill.; director – excess workers’ compensation; band manager; sound

Barb Seevers of Imperial, Mo.; senior manager - underwriting operations; vocals

Jerid Lorenz of Wildwood, Mo.; senior network manager; bass

Becky Roberson of Manchester, Mo.; senior policy operations specialist; vocals

Lyle Bruney of St. Peters, Mo.; programmer analyst II; drums/percussion

Casey Govero of Overland, Mo.; webmaster; keyboards

Mary Breight of Manchester, Mo.; friend of Safety National; vocals

 

The VCRs, featuring employees from Nestle Purina:

Alex Kahn; vocals, keys, synth

Gloria DeCoste; vocals, keys, synth

Greg Stinson; bass, backing vocals

Mark Stoddard; guitar

Matt Ferch; guitar

Rondo Middleton; drums, backing vocals

 

 

About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way funds more than 170 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. One in three people in our community receive services that strengthen families, help the elderly, keep children healthy and safe, and build stronger neighborhoods. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit www.stl.unitedway.org

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UNITED WAY INSPIRE FASHION SHOW CELEBRATES LOCAL DIVERSITY AND DESIGN

posted Sep 9, 2013, 8:31 AM by Angela Marino

What:  

This year marks the 4th annual INSPIRE: Stitching Together Fashion and Culture fashion show and reception celebrating the diverse style of nearly a dozen different local designers and retailers. Network and shop with vendors and enjoy live music, a DJ, appetizers and drinks at the after party. More than 700 people are expected to attend this year, so get your tickets early. All proceeds from the event benefit United Way of Greater St. Louis. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit United Way’s website: www.helpingpeople.org and click on events or go to this direct link.

 

Who:    

A dozen local designers featured including Shukuru2, Mesha!, Kenzie Young, LB by Lauren Bander and others.

 

Why:    

A huge success, INSPIRE has raised more than $96,000 during its first three years for United Way through its Multicultural Leadership Society. United Way of Greater St. Louis helps more than 1 million people in 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois. Members of United Way’s Multicultural Leadership Society are able to serve and strengthen our community through connection with other key leaders in the region. The Society also aligns with the increasing number of companies in the region who have multi-ethnic affinity groups, recognizing the added value internally and externally these groups create.


When:                 

Sept. 27, 2013, 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for VIP

Fashion show starts at 7 p.m.

After party to follow

 

Where:                               

Ameristar Casino

Discovery Ball Room (fashion show)

Nightclub Bar (after party)

1260 S Main Street

St. Charles, MO 63301

 

More information:         

Ticket prices range from $15 to $137. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit United Way’s website: www.helpingpeople.org and click on events or go to this direct link.

 

Silver                                                     $35

Silver and After Party                     $47

Gold                                                      $60

Gold and After Party                      $72

Platinum                                              $125

Platinum and After Party              $137

After Party Only                               $15

 

Sponsors:           

INSPIRE is sponsored by Monsanto Company and Novus International.

 

Available for interviews:            

 

Designers:

Letitia Young – Honey’s Child Boutique
Camesha Carter – Mesha!
Katie Kantley – Shibori Fashions

Lauren Bander – LB

Lavonda Sudiah – Banana Republic

Trisha Sarmiento – Bachrach

Arnold Hinkle – Exotic Skin Footwear

Ola Hawatmeh – Ola Style

Betty Phiri – Vuvu Stone Collection

Melanie Austin – Shukuru2

Kenzie Young – Kenzie Young

 

Representatives:

Kristopher Steffen – Monsanto

Whitney Kirk – United Way of Greater St. Louis

 

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