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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 »

Member Spotlight: David Merjan

How did you first get involved with United Way? I first got involved in United Way while working for Hughes Electronics in Los Angeles in 1987. We had a company campaign and I started to donate shortly after graduating with my Masters. However, I became more intimately involved when I arrived in Chicago and started working for William Blair. What inspires your commitment to United Way? There are a number of things that inspire my commitment to United Way. First… Read more »

United Way Makes Historic Effort To Connect People With The Health Insurance Exchange

Last July, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago was awarded a grant by the State of Illinois to help guide Chicagoans into insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by hiring “navigators,” folks who would sit down with their neighbors and help them to pick coverage that was right for themselves and their families. This is an incredibly personal and important decision to ensure the health and financial stability of Chicago’s, and the nation’s families.  United Way has been one… Read more »

United Way Welcomes New Talent To Key Leadership Positions

Joining United Way’s work bringing lasting positive change to the region in the areas of education, income, health and basic needs are two highly effective and accomplished leaders: Jose Rico, Senior Vice President of Community Investment Jose Rico joins UWMC as Senior Vice President of Community Investment. In this role, Jose leads the team that works closely with community leaders and human service agencies to ensure effective and efficient implementation of programs, integrity of investments and measurable outcomes toward United… Read more »