Helping Support Communities and Small Businesses in St. Louis, MO

A key part of our Company’s Committed to Serve initiative launched in April 2020, is funding through the Republic Services Charitable Foundation to long-term nonprofit partners that operate locally and serve local communities and small businesses. In St. Louis, MO, funding was provided to support the great work of Beyond Housing and Rebuilding Together St. Louis. Here’s a closer look at the projects and how they are directly impacting local small businesses in need due to COVID-19.

Beyond Housing is a community development organization that works to strengthen families and transform underserved communities to create a stronger, more equitable, and prosperous St. Louis region for all. Thanks to funding by the Republic Services Charitable Foundation, Beyond Housing recently held a successful grand opening of Carter Commons, a new commercial development in Pagedale, housing six minority-owned small businesses, as well as a community kitchen where youth can lean skills to help them succeed. To learn more about these seven small businesses, click here.

Rebuilding Together St. Louis is providing essential building repairs to the following three organizations dedicated to bettering the lives of St. Louis residents:

  • Wesley House Association, providing comprehensive family support services, received an automatic door that allows senior citizens to receive essential support while lessening their risk of COVID-19 exposure.
  • City Greens Market, providing accessible, healthy food options in Forest Park Southeast, received three new refrigerators to ensure fresh foods, an upgraded electrical system and new shelving. In late July, the community came together to celebrate the newly renovated space. (See photos of the event below.)
  • Lift for Life Academy, St. Louis’ first charter school that serves city students at risk of dropping out, will soon be receiving repairs to help keep their facilities running safely.

“As part of the Committed to Serve initiative, Republic Services committed $1 Million to Rebuilding Together. And thankfully made St. Louis a priority market because of the relationships we’ve built with Rebuilding Together St. Louis. The success of the projects we’ve had in the past and the success we’ll continue to have with each of these projects is important. We are very thankful to be part of this community. We’ll continue to look for ways to get involved, continue the partnership, and look for ways to get involved in the community.” – Kevin H., General Manager