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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  

Youth Summer Jobs Program on WGN

United Way South-Southwest partnered with the Cook County Justice Advisory Council to support youth employment opportunities for south suburban Cook county teens. Over 200 kids in the program worked with the Forest Preserves of Cook County and participated in a variety of interesting tasks. Program participants, Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, and Wendy DuBoe were interviewed about the program by WGN’s Erik Runge. Youth enrichment and job development span United Way’s issue areas and programs like this are core… Read more »

Spotlight: Team United Way Runner, Lindsay Cotton

“As our Team United Way runners begin training for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, we’re sharing their stories with all of you – their supporters! Kicking off our blog series is Lindsay Cotton, a good friend of United Way. Read on to find out why Lindsay decided to run for the United Way. When did you start running? I started running when I was in 7th grade on the Cross country team and I really enjoyed it, so… Read more »