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United Way Staff Goes Silent

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is proud to participate in GLSEN’s Day of Silence on April 17th. In support of LGBT youth who find themselves in need of a voice we offer ours in support and solidarity. In order for the work that United Way does to continue, an individual’s basic needs must be met:… Read more »

Why UWMC and Health?

United Way’s work to connect families to health care providers and preventive health services aligns with our mission to support strong communities. United Way’s commitment and vision of a Chicago where all families achieve their greatest potential is merely a vision if people do not have access to quality healthcare services. Our work around Education,… Read more »

UWMC Tax Assistance


Raise your voice for working families this Friday, January 30, on Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. The EITC helps lower-wage working families keep more of what they earn. It rewards work, reduces poverty and leads to long term gains in children’s health and academic success. If your household income—individual or family—is $60,000 or… Read more »

United Way in the News – January

United Way’s Bill Green talks with Val Warner of Windy City Live about the truth and myths related to health insurance and the Health Care Marketplace as part of Youth Enrollment Week. Making sure the greater Chicago community has access to consistent, quality health care is part of United Way’s work to bring education, income… Read more »

Shop for a Cause!

Join in on something fabulous and treat yourself to something beautiful at either Soma or Chico’s! 15% of all sales at Soma and 10% of all sales at Chico’s will benefit the United Way Women’s Leadership Council’s vital mentoring programs. These programs provide critical support for at-risk youth at local elementary schools. Thursday, February 125:00… Read more »

Media coverage highlights UWMC as leaders of change

Recent media coverage illustrates United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s role on different levels in leading and resourcing change in our region. Part of United Way’s unique value is that we do play the role of advocate, funder, partner, and innovator on both a neighborhood and regional level. These stories are good examples of that…. Wendy… Read more »

United Way Adopt-a-Family Holiday Drive

Share your holiday cheer with a family in need in one of UWMC’s Neighborhood Network communities! Your generous gift of clothes, toys, and grocery gift cards will brighten the season for parents and kids who otherwise would go without. Sign up as an individual, family or company. Check out our FAQs about the drive and… Read more »

Let’s Paint The Town Red – Support South-Southwest Suburban United Way

Join Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery and South-Southwest Suburban United Way for a day of giving back just by enjoying Brews n’ Brats or any meal of your choice at our favorite restaurant during their normal business hours. 10% of the proceeds will be contributed to South-Southwest Suburban United Way! No reservations required. Stop in… Read more »

December 15th is deadline to enroll in health care coverage through ACA that begins January 1

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago has once again partnered with Chicagoland non-profit agencies to answer questions related to health care and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and assist people in signing up for coverage. UWMC and its non-profit agency partners, in collaboration with Get Covered Illinois, have hired 38 In-Person Counselors (IPCs) to assist Chicagoans… Read more »


Thank you to everyone who shared their gratitude for our great city and suburbs. We are grateful to live in a place where generosity abounds and people believe in making a difference for their friends and neighbors. We are so thankful for YOU for helping us change the story for families and individuals in our… Read more »