United Way

Through United Way’s community programs and partner agencies, we reach 1 in 3 people living right here in Missouri and Illinois. People you know -- living in your neighborhood, going to your kids’ schools, working alongside you every day.

Together, we ensure that more kids go to bed with their bellies full and more adults have a job to go to in the morning. We make sure there's support for a person who's been given a life-altering diagnosis. We're there when disaster strikes.

We help people by funding nearly 200 local nonprofits, by bringing individuals and organizations together to solve problems, by mobilizing volunteers.

We help charities become stronger. We help people become stronger. We provide the building blocks for a better community and a better life.

Visit the United Way website to show your support: HelpingPeople.org

United Way 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a fast, free and confidential way to get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Three-digit dialing is available from all landlines in these areas, as well as some cell phones. You can also reach the 2-1-1 call center at (800) 427-4626.

Search online

Visit www.211missouri.org

How the United Way can help with 211

How we can help

There are a hundred reasons to call. Here's just a short list of ways 2-1-1 can help.


Basic and emergency needs

  • Food pantries
  • Shelters
  • Rent
  • Utility assistance

Physical and mental health resources

  • Medicaid or Medicare
  • Pre-natal care
  • Crisis intervention
  • Support groups
  • Counseling
  • Alcohol and drug rehabilitation

Work initiatives

  • Educational and vocational training programs
  • English as a second language classes
  • Job training
  • GED preparation
  • Financial and transportation assistance

Support for seniors and those with disabilities

  • Agencies on aging
  • Centers for independent living
  • Adult day care
  • Meals at home
  • Respite care
  • Home health care
  • Transportation and recreation

Support for children, youth and families

  • After-school programs
  • Tutoring
  • Mentorship programs
  • Family resource centers
  • Protective services
  • Counseling
  • Early childhood learning programs
  • Child care referral centers
  • Recreation


  • Volunteer centers
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Locations to donate food, clothing, furniture, computers and other items
  • One-time, long-term, permanent, part-time or group volunteering opportunities