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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 »


As the largest private funder of human services in the region, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago understands that quality delivery of human services is critical to both serving our most vulnerable citizens, and to improving the economic future of our state. We recognize that the state is under significant fiscal pressure that it must resolve… Read more »

Wendy DuBoe and Mark Burton Author Op-Ed

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago President and CEO, Wendy DuBoe, and United Way of Illinois Chairman, Mark Burton, pen op-ed on importance of human service investment amidst budget crisis.

June Media Highlights

Thanks to our extraordinary partners at ABC 7 for supporting our Celebration event on June 19th. Terrell Brown of ABC 7 served as the emcee of the event and highlights were shared in a segment you can view here. On June 21st United Way CEO and President, Wendy DuBoe, and Jennifer Ruiz, a parent mentor… Read more »

United Way’s Annual Celebration Luncheon

United Way honors and celebrates its many partners every year who help bring resources, connections and expertise to improve the lives of individuals and move neighborhoods forward.

United Way Launches LGBT Affinity Group

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago has launched a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender affinity group to serve as an advocacy, engagement and fundraising arm for its important work serving this community across education, income, health and basic needs. View the United Pride homepage. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group expands to include supporters from across… Read more »

Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

Spotlight on Healthy West Chicago PepsiCo Neighborhood Network Partnership Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health and people of all ages can be physically active! This month is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month – a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active! During National Physical Fitness and Sports… Read more »

West Chicago Celebrates a Healthier Community

The City of West Chicago, a United Way Neighborhood Network community, launched its Healthy West Chicago initiative at their annual Blooming Fest on Saturday, May 16th. Embracing the theme of Growing a Healthy West Chicago, the event promoted new ways to start making healthy meal choices and increase physical activity to lead healthier lifestyles and… Read more »

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