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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 »

An Evening with YLS Rock Stars

Thanks to all your great work, we raised over $11,000 at our YLS Evening with Rock Stars event, bringing critical resources to the communities that need them most! THANK YOU to all who attended and contributed! If you didn’t get a chance on Friday and you would like to pledge, please text ROCKSTAR to 41444 to make a $10 donation. During the night we recognized three of our Rock Star Finalists: Rachel Hoge, Naja Morris and Sean Tenner for their… Read more »

In Focus: Our Work in the Income Issue Area.

Report from Xavier Ramey, Senior Manager of Community Investment – Income, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago For many people, tax preparation is just another thing on the list. But for folks in communities like Brighton Park, it can be a scary and confusing process. Filers come into our new tax site for many reasons, and often with considerable apprehension. An immigrant day laborer who has an ITIN instead of a Social Security number may be afraid that because he is… Read more »