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McDonald’s Invests in Local Students’ Success

McDonald’s Corporation is taking a stand on middle school support with a $50,000 investment in United Way education strategies. Students who drop out of high school show signs of struggling long beforehand. Tutoring, mentoring and after school programs for at risk middle school students help get and keep kids on track for… Read more »

The Chicago Bears and United Way Huddle Up in South Chicago

On Tuesday, October 11th, Chicago Bears players joined United Way of Metropolitan Chicago for their annual Hometown Huddle event, this year in support of El Valor, a United Way partner agency that serves the South Chicago neighborhood.The NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle is a league-wide day of service designed to bring awareness… Read more »

Stay in School Initiative Kicks Off 11th Year

Eleven years after the Stay in School Initiative was created by Exelon, ComEd and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago to fight the high dropout and truancy rates in various Chicago Public Schools, Stay in School and its six community partners have served over 25,000 students ages 11 and up.… Read more »

3rd Annual Evanston Day of Caring

THANK YOU to all who helped make the 3rd Annual Evanston Day of Caring such a great success! The energy and committment of all of our volunteers helped to make the day so rewarding – despite the rain!We had a great kick-off rally at Northwestern at the start of the… Read more »

Neighborhood Network Partners Paint the Cook Elementary Health Center

Last Friday, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago volunteers, University of Chicago students, University of Illinois Chicago Medicine and the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) came together to paint a new school-based health center at Cook Elementary.Cook Elementary, a Chicago public school, is situated in the middle of Auburn-Gresham, a community… Read more »