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The Local Need:

United Way of DuPage/West Cook is part of a network of support for LIVE UNITED 2020, our community-impact plan for Chicagoland.

United Way of DuPage/West Cook serves an increasingly diverse population. Every township in this region has experienced a decrease in white populations and an increase in Latino populations.

  • DuPage/West Cook’s unemployment rate fluctuates greatly. Starting with an average of about 3.8% at the beginning of the millennium, that rate has more than doubled to 9% in 2010.
  • New foreclosure filings have more than doubled, especially in the second half of the decade.
  • The percentage of low-income residents has increased by more than 50%, compared to the total population increase of 4% during the same period.

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Why UWMC and Health?

Alex Murphy, UWMC Senior Manager of Health United Way’s work to connect families to health care providers and preventive health services aligns with our mission to support strong communities. Read More »

UWMC Tax Assistance

Raise your voice for working families this Friday, January 30, on Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. The EITC helps lower-wage working families keep more of what they earn. Read More »

United Way in the News – January

United Way’s Bill Green talks with Val Warner of Windy City Live about the truth and myths related to health insurance and the Health Care Marketplace as part of Youth Enrollment Week. Read More »

Shop for a Cause!

Join in on something fabulous and treat yourself to something beautiful at either Soma or Chico’s! 15% of all sales at Soma and 10% of all sales at Chico’s will benefit the United Way Women’s Leadership Council’s vital mentoring programs. Read More »

Media coverage highlights UWMC as leaders of change

Recent media coverage illustrates United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s role on different levels in leading and resourcing change in our region. Part of United Way’s unique value is that we do play the role of advocate, funder, partner, and innovator on both a neighborhood and regional level. Read More »

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