Community Care Center’s mobile food pantry provides non-perishable food items at the Sept. 14 resource fair at the Granite City Township Hall.
GRANITE CITY — United Way of Greater St. Louis hosted a resource fair Sept. 14 at the Granite City Township Hall to benefit local steelworkers.
United Way partnered with local unions to organize the event, including United Steelworkers Local 1899, Local 50, Local 68 and Steelworkers Union District 7, Sub-District 2.
The open house provided resources on topics such as health insurance, job and retraining information, pre-employment programs, financial consultation, legal services, health screenings and independent employee assistance program help. Several community agencies were on hand, including the Salvation Army, Madison County Urban League, GCS Credit Union, Illinois Department of Insurance, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, Madison County Employment and Training, and Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. Community Care Center’s mobile food pantry was present, providing non-perishable food items, while Coordinated Youth and Human Services provided on-site child care.
“The idling of U.S. Steel-Granite City Works has had a significant impact on Granite City and surrounding areas,” said Roz Sherman-Voellinger, vice president of labor engagement for United Way of Greater St. Louis. “United Way is committed to working with local unions to provide resources and assistance to individuals and families affected by the layoffs. By hosting this resource fair, our hope is more people become aware of the many organizations and services available to them.”
Individuals looking for assistance or resources can dial 211 to reach United Way’s 211 Helpline, a free and confidential service available around the clock, every day of the year. The phone service is staffed by trained specialists to assess callers’ needs and connect them with help and resources. United Way Labor liaisons also are available through the Tri-Cities Area Division at (618) 877-6780 or the Southwestern Illinois Division at (618) 258-9800.