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We envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.
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The Local Need:

As part of a network of support for LIVE UNITED 2020, United Way North-Northwest serves communities across the northwest suburbs and Skokie Valley. The estimated population for this region is 1.1 million residents.

  • Across the United Way North-Northwest footprint 22% of students are low-income.
  • In some parts of the northwest suburbs and Skokie Valley, more than 50% of 11th graders are not meeting ISAT performance criteria in reading and math.
  • In select northwest communities, only 69% of 3rd graders are meeting or exceeding expectations on their ISAT math scores, which is significantly lower than the 86% meeting or exceeding at the state level.
  • Even with a median income of $65,868, 49,500 people still live below the federal poverty level (approximatley $20,000 annual income for a family of four).
  • Renters account for 27% of the households.

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The holiday season is drawing near which means that United Way is gearing up for the annual holiday donation drive to support approximately 300 families in two United Way Neighborhood Network communities — Brighton Park on the Southwest Side of Chicago and Robbins/Blue Island in South Suburban Cook County. Read More »

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