Posts Categorized: Dupage/West Cook

The Line That Connects: OfficeMax & The Berwyn Community School Initiative

After a year of planning, United Way of DuPage/West Cook, in partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, was preparing to launch LIVE UNITED 2020, a decade long vision to transform communities of greatest need throughout our region. At the same time, the OfficeMax Foundation was gearing up to make one of their largest philanthropic investments into a school sponsorship. United Way had recently identified the Berwyn region as one of its target communities. In a neighborhood where 63% of… Read more »

Breaking A World Record In Early Childhood Education

I believe every child deserves the chance to succeed. Millions of children in low-income neighborhoods across the country are at risk of school failure before they even enter kindergarten. United Way is kicking off our early childhood education investments by participating in the 2011 Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign. This national effort will mobilize adults and children to close the early education achievement gap by setting a world record across the country for the largest shared reading experience in… Read more »

Coming Together for Community Schools

There are some days you wake up and are proud and thankful for where you work. The day we found out OfficeMax had chosen to partner with United Way on a community school grant was one of those days. I have had the pleasure of working with OfficeMax on their philanthropic initiatives for the past several years. One thing that has always been prominent in the conversations with them is that they truly understand the value of a good education…. Read more »

Give an Hour. Give a Saturday. Give Your Best.

Jessica is nine; she likes butterflies and the color purple. She dreams of traveling the world and being a singer. She is part of a single-parent family, and there is never a dull moment with her four-year old brother and her mother’s full-time job as an elderly care-giver. I am her mentor. I go once a week to Willowbrook Corner and the community center in the housing complex where she lives. Although just miles from the affluent communities of Burr… Read more »

July is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

The following is a guest blog from Louise at Aging Care Connections, which serves residents of west suburban Cook County.  â€œSometimes, the only things visible are the tears…” Each year, July is acknowledged as Elder Abuse Awareness month.   Aging Care Connections is committed to BREAKING THE SILENCE THAT SURROUNDS ELDER ABUSE IN OUR COMMUNITY. Elder abuse is a serious problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of elderly people across the country. Each year, this number increases, as does the seriousness… Read more »

How Teaching English Taught Me

The following blog is posted on behalf of Esther Hicks, Director of Community Investment at United Way DuPage/West Cook. We always say that you have the most impact when you give, advocate AND volunteer.   Over my past three years with United Way, I have definitely found this to be true.   I recently finished a two-year tutoring experience with an adult English language learner in my community, and it was literally nothing short of life-changing.   I know that… Read more »