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Wells Fargo Invests $300,000, Employee Volunteers in Austin Neighborhood

Wells Fargo Invests $300,000, Employee Volunteers in Austin Neighborhood Celebrates commitment with employee volunteer day Wells Fargo has announced a commitment to invest in the United Way Neighborhood Network Initiative in the Austin neighborhood on the city’s west side. Wells Fargo will contribute $300,000 over the next three year to help advance the community transformation… Read more »


The holiday season is drawing near which means that United Way is gearing up for the annual holiday donation drive to support approximately 300 families in two United Way Neighborhood Network communities — Brighton Park on the Southwest Side of Chicago and Robbins/Blue Island in South Suburban Cook County. Click here to see how you… Read more »

SPOTLIGHT: Team United Way Runner Apollo Moreno

Next in our blog series is Apollo Moreno, a United Way Loaned Executive in the Major and Planned Gifts department. Read on to find out why Apollo decided to run for the United Way. When did you start running? I started running in high school. My sister ran track and cross country in high school… Read more »

SPOTLIGHT: Team United Way Runner Alex Murphy

As our Team United Way runners continue to train for the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, we’re sharing their stories with all of you – their supporters! Next in our blog series is Alex Murphy, United Way’s Senior Manager of Community Impact – Health. Read on to find out why Alex decided to run… Read more »

YLS After 5

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McDonald’s Invests in Student Success

McDonald’s Corporation is taking a stand on middle school support with a $100,000 investment in United Way education strategies. Students who drop out of high school show signs of struggling long beforehand. Tutoring, mentoring and afterschool programs for at risk middle school students help get and keep kids on track for high school graduation. McDonald’s… Read more »

Human Service Agencies Already Cutting Services Amidst State Budget Stalemate

Many agencies face depleted cash reserves by September 1 United Way of Illinois, the statewide association of 52 local United Ways, and collectively the largest non-governmental funder of health and human services in the state, surveyed human service agencies across Illinois to understand the steps they are taking to deliver services in light of the… Read more »

BMO Financial Group and BMO Harris Bank Set High Bar for Corporate Giving

BMO Financial Group and BMO Harris Bank care about the communities they serve. That’s evident not just by their more than $4 million in support—with substantial support from employee donations—for United Way’s work, but by the volunteer hours (more than 1,600) contributed by their employees, and BMO Harris Bank’s investment in United Way’s Neighborhood Network… Read more »