McDonald’s Corporation is taking a stand on middle school support with a $50,000 investment in United Way education strategies. Students who drop out of high school show signs of struggling long beforehand. Tutoring, mentoring and after school programs for at risk middle school students help get and keep kids on track for… Read more »
On Tuesday, October 11th, Chicago Bears players joined United Way of Metropolitan Chicago for their annual Hometown Huddle event, this year in support of El Valor, a United Way partner agency that serves the South Chicago neighborhood.The NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle is a league-wide day of service designed to bring awareness… Read more »
Our ten Neighborhood Network Initiative communities—Austin, Auburn Gresham, Brighton Park, Bronzeville, Cicero, Evanston, Little Village, Robbins/Blue Island, South Chicago and West Chicago—continue to show signs of progress as they work toward developing a common agenda and bold goals for change in each neighborhood. Four of our neighborhoods have identified their bold goals… Read more »
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Congratulations! With the June 30 reporting from our partner agencies, I am proud to share that United Way of Metropolitan Chicago has surpassed the key community goals we identified in our LIVE UNITED 2020 Community Impact Plan back in 2011.
Many of you know that several… Read more »
Eleven years after the Stay in School Initiative was created by Exelon, ComEd and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago to fight the high dropout and truancy rates in various Chicago Public Schools, Stay in School and its six community partners have served over 25,000 students ages 11 and up.… Read more »
THANK YOU to all who helped make the 3rd Annual Evanston Day of Caring such a great success! The energy and committment of all of our volunteers helped to make the day so rewarding – despite the rain!We had a great kick-off rally at Northwestern at the start of the… Read more »
One of the core areas of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s work that you support with your contribution is helping making sure kids enter kindergarten ready to learn and students enter high school on track for graduation. Specifically, United Way focuses on expanding resources for high-quality preschool and home visits and supporting… Read more »
Michael, a 13-year-old 8th grader at George Leland Elementary School, lives with his mother and siblings in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood on the west side. Austin, one of United Way's Neighborhood Network communities, faces big challenges including poverty, unemployment, crime, gun violence, gang activity and under-resourced schools with few extracurricular enrichment opportunities. Michael… Read more »
When Heather Clark was transferred to Lake Forest for her job a few years ago, she knew very little about the greater Chicago region. What she did know was that she was interested in supporting local programs that serve children—the most important social issue to her.
“Children are our future,… Read more »
Last Friday, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago volunteers, University of Chicago students, University of Illinois Chicago Medicine and the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) came together to paint a new school-based health center at Cook Elementary.Cook Elementary, a Chicago public school, is situated in the middle of Auburn-Gresham, a community… Read more »