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Seek out organizations in your community that are making a difference and consider making a donation to support their efforts. Look for organizations that:

  • Provide job training, mentoring, internships, apprenticeships, and other employment-related assistance
  • Provide financial advising and financial resources for low-to-moderate income families
  • Make higher education more accessible to low-income students
  • Advocate on behalf of working families and addressing economic disparities


Give your time to initiatives and organizations that are helping and empowering low-to-moderate income families. Examples include:

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

In 2014, 774 trained volunteers prepared 18,834 federal tax returns at free tax preparation sites located throughout the St. Louis Metro Area. With the help of these IRS trained volunteers, over $21 million in tax refunds were returned to low and moderate income families in the St. Louis Metro region. Learn more at the United Way of Greater St. Louis Volunteer Center.

Volunteer your time with programs that focus on mentoring, after school activities, and tutoring. By helping students from low-to-moderate income families succeed at school and graduate, you are helping these students and their families to create economic opportunities for their future. Examples include:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
    This group fosters an environment that encourages and supports the success of children and youth. They serve children in St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis. Learn more.
  • Wyman’s Teen Leadership Program
    This group supports healthy teen development, leadership, and college access. Wyman needs volunteers to help prepare youth to live successful lives. Learn more.
  • North Campus
    This group provides in-school and after-school tutoring to children in their service area. You can serve as a tutor or “student advocate” and help students practice math and science skills. Learn more.