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November at Employment Connection

Updated: May 2, 2022

Last month was busy at Employment Connection! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn for all of the latest info on our programs and events. And if you're not already receiving our monthly newsletter in your inbox, click here to sign up.

Here's just some of what Employment Connection has been up to in November.


Thank You for a Successful Giving Tools-Day!

THANK YOU! This Giving Tuesday, Employment Connection exceeded our goal of raising $75,000! We’ll be able to provide our full set of tools to dozens of new clients—World of Work training, needs assessments, housing and transportation support, and more. Your generosity directly helps our clients overcome barriers to self-sufficiency through meaningful, living wage employment.

Our Giving Tools-Day Happy Hour was a smashing success! Thanks to Whisky on Washington for hosting, and to our event chairs: Patrick E. Smith, Sr., Vice President of Economic, Community, and Business Development, Ameren Missouri; Hon. Adam Layne, Treasurer, City of St. Louis; Hon. Rasheen Aldridge, Missouri State Representative, District 78; and Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager, Alltru Credit Union.

And of course, we couldn’t have reached our goal without the generous support of our sponsors. Ameren provided a matching gift of $50,000. Great Southern Bank, Ascension Charity Classic, and Nurses PRN sponsored at the Power Tools level. And St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Enterprise Bank & Trust, and Commerce Bank were our Nuts & Bolts sponsors. We thank these organizations for their dedication to the St. Louis community.

Keep It Going with Our Year-End Campaign!

After the success of Giving Tools-Day, let's keep up the momentum! We've extended our goal to $90,000, which will allow us to serve a total of 46 more clients with training, needs assessments, material support, and more. As you plan your year-end giving, please consider helping Employment Connection continue to break down barriers to self-sufficiency.

Thank you again to our Giving Tools-Day sponsors and donors! We'll continue to accept donations at

You can also mail your contribution to:

Employment Connection c/o Development Director 2838 Market Street St. Louis, MO 63103


Our Cure Violence team in the Wells-Goodfellow/Hamilton Heights neighborhoods was busy with events in November including hosting two Winter clothing giveaways.

Our Cure Violence team in Dutchtown partnered with Marquette Community Day to distribute free Thanksgiving dinners to neighborhood residents.


Neighborhood Assistance Program

As you're preparing for your year-end tax planning, consider participating in the Neighborhood Assistance Program!

The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) allows Missouri taxpayers to direct how their taxes are used by donating to state approved charitable organizations like Employment Connection. Employment Connection has been approved to provide $250,000 in state tax credits to our supporters.

Any person, firm, or corporation with business income in the State of Missouri can take full advantage of NAP Tax Credits.

Eligible donors will receive a state tax credit equaling 50% of their gift to Employment Connection, which may be applied to state tax liability for up to five years! Combined with a federal and state charitable income tax deduction, this credit lowers the actual cost of your gift significantly.

For more information, contact Ravi Rao at or 314-333-5645 or visit


United Way Giving Campaign

Employment Connection is grateful for our continued partnership with the United Way. Not only does the United Way of Greater St. Louis provide crucial funding to numerous local nonprofits like EC, but they also help recruit volunteers, secure needed supplies, and provide valuable training opportunities.

In the past year alone, the United Way of Greater St. Louis has helped organize a suit drive to benefit our clients, multiple volunteer projects to advance our mission, and launched a pilot online Diversity Equity and Inclusion training program for staff!

Employment Connection was happy to do our part in celebrating the partnership with our annual workplace giving campaign, with a goal of raising $9,000 for the United Way. At the kickoff, 46 staff contributed $6,322 in pledges towards the agency’s $9,000 goal. By the end, an all-time high 60 staff members contributed a grand total of $10,087.36!


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