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Faith Leaders to Provide Post-Trauma Counseling to Victims of Violence; Reduce Incidents Overall

Bright Star church, with support from University of Chicago Medicine, Northwestern Medicine and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, is launching an innovative approach to help heal victims of violence and avert behaviors that may lead to conflict by using faith leaders to provide post-trauma counseling and other support. The plans for the Bronzeville Dream Center were announced at Bright Star church on Thursday, September 18th. United Way President and CEO, Wendy DuBoe, was joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel; President and… Read more »

AT&T contributes $275,000 to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

AT&T and their employees have been strong supporters of the United Way at the national and local levels for decades.  In 2014, AT&T continued this legacy of support in Chicago with a contribution of $275,000 to the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

LIVE UNITED Neighborhood Network in West Chicago Launches with Block Party that is True Celebration of Community

More than 1,000 area residents and advocates packed Leman Middle School in West Chicago for a community block party and celebration of an enhanced partnership with United Way that will bring additional resources in education, income and health to the area.From babies to seniors, it was a true celebration of community amidst music, food, games, school supplies, art projects, Zumba and yoga demonstrations, resources from area organizations and a very special musical performance by Leman students.As the second LIVE UNITED… Read more »

Spotlight: Team United Way Runner, John Griffin

As our Team United Way runners continue to train for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, we’re sharing their stories with all of you – their supporters! Next in our blog series is John Griffin, United Way’s YLS Executive Chair. Read on to find out why John decided to run for the United Way. When did you start running?- I started running when I first moved to Chicago about 3 years ago. The summer in Chicago and the beautiful… Read more »

ABC7 Saturday Morning Interview

Watch an ABC7 interview with Jeanette Castellanos Butt, Vice President of Community Investment, who discusses United Way’s LIVE UNITED Neighborhood Networks model and the August 19 launch of our second LIVE UNITED Neighborhood Network in West Chicago. She was joined by West Chicago Mayor, Ruben Pineda, who discussed what the network means to his community. Community Block PartyTuesday, August 194:30 to 7:00 p.m.Leman Middle School, 238 E. Hazel St. in West Chicago. Registration: http://bit.ly/XkLS7N