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Connecting Problems to Problem Solvers – South Suburban PADS and Chicago Area Drywall Finishers

One of United Way’s greatest strengths is our unique ability to connect passionate people to issues in communities that need solving. Because our partnerships reach across businesses, labor unions, individuals, nonprofit agencies and community groups, we can make connections that improve lives and neighborhoods. Recently, we learned that South Suburban PADS,… Read more »

Meet Gary Cueno

We appreciate all of our donors, board and committee members, loaned executives, affinity group participants and those who volunteer and help in so many ways. These selfless individuals play a vital role in our ability to make lives better and improve neighborhoods in the Greater Chicago region, but some go the… Read more »

Little Village Neighborhood Network Partners Work to Address Trauma

On Wednesday, January 11, nearly 50 leaders from the Marshall Square Resource Network gathered at Taller de José for an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Trauma Informed Training and community updates to kick off the new year. The meeting, which was conducted in both English and Spanish, was attended by partners from… Read more »

Tell your Senators: DON’T Repeal the ACA Without Replacement

As part of a nationwide “Senate Call-in Day” led by United Way Worldwide, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is urging Illinois residents to call their Senators and ask that healthcare coverage for all Americans be protected on Monday, January 23. The Affordable Care Act not only provides affordable and accessible… Read more »

Inside Chicago’s Neighborhoods with Andrea Zopp

On Tuesday, January 10th, our Tocqueville Society members were invited to a breakfast with Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp to discuss the challenges and assets in Chicago’s neighborhoods. “The single biggest challenge facing our neighborhoods is gun violence,” said the deputy mayor. “We have to interrupt the violence and deal with it.”… Read more »


Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I graduated from college in 2015 and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was working two jobs to gain more work experience and to pay my student loans off. I knew that I didn’t… Read more »

400 Families Receive Holiday Gifts

We are sharing our deepest gratitude this holiday season for every individual and company who participated in our annual holiday gift drive. Because of the generous support of our friends this season, we were able to provide 400 families with gifts this year! Our Adopt-a-Family program supports families in need… Read more »

Meet Our AmeriCorps Members – Luz Delia Sanchez

Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to AmeriCorps because it’s an organization that makes a difference. It provides me the opportunity to continue to assist individuals, work within my community and continue making a difference. When I applied to AmeriCorps to be a member I was considering… Read more »

Meet Our AmeriCorps Members – Michael A. Jackson Jr.

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is fortunate to have 12 AmeriCorps members with us for the next year. Members have been placed in each of our Neighborhood Network communities, working on the ground in neighborhoods on their bold goals for change. Each month, we will feature a Q&A with one of… Read more »