UNITED WAY Neighborhood Network

The Neighborhood Network is United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s region-wide strategic initiative to address local community challenges by driving focused collaboration to achieve lasting change. We help neighborhoods solve their most pressing problems through highly coordinated community-specific strategies.

Community stakeholders – residents, schools, nonprofits, government officials, churches, hospitals, businesses – work with United Way to identify challenges that the collective group works toward solving.

Working with a lead partner in the community, United Way funds and guides the work of the Neighborhood Network toward achieving its collective goal.

United Way Neighborhood Network

What communities is United Way working in?

United Way’s Neighborhood Network initiative has been operational in Brighton Park on the city’s southwest side for three years and in the suburb of West Chicago for just over a year.

We are in eight other neighborhoods:

  • Auburn-Gresham
  • Austin
  • Bronzeville
  • Cicero
  • Evanston
  • Little Village
  • Robbins/Blue Island
  • South Chicago
Neighborhood Network Map

How is United Way measuring progress?

United Way’s Neighborhood Network Initiative is about changing how we make change by aligning the players, processes and programs in communities to better support the lives of individuals and families. We are focused on sustainable results through a multi-year commitment of funding and staff in each neighborhood.

Measurement falls into three categories:

  1. Integration of strategies and systems (collective impact)
  2. Annual outcomes (students on track)
  3. Community-level change (success toward a common goal like graduation rates over time)

The United Way Neighborhood Network Initiative is supported by a Cornerstone Gift from BMO Harris Bank, and by generous contributions from Nicor Gas, The Siemer Institute for Family Stability, Mesirow Financial Corp., Magellan Corp., the Pepsico Foundation, the Telligen Community Initiative, Wells Fargo and Northwestern Medicine.

BMO Harris Bank
nicor Siemer Institute Mesirow Financial Magellan Corporation Pepsico Foundation Telligen Community Initiative Wells Fargo Northwestern Medicine Whitehead Foundation

If you want to learn more about how to support the United Way Neighborhood Network, contact:
Vanessa Waserman
Director of Strategy & Partnerships