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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.
Speak United Blog
McDonald’s Corporation is taking a stand on middle school support with a $100,000 investment in United Way education strategies. Students who drop out of high school show signs of struggling long beforehand. Read More »
Many agencies face depleted cash reserves by September 1 United Way of Illinois, the statewide association of 52 local United Ways, and collectively the largest non-governmental funder of health and human services in the state, surveyed human service agencies across Illinois to understand the steps they are taking to deliver services in light of the state budget impasse. Read More »
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, as one of 52 local United Ways represented by United Way of Illinois, has endorsed an open letter to the Governor and Illinois General Assembly leadership asking them to work together to promptly pass a state budget. Read More »
BMO Financial Group and BMO Harris Bank care about the communities they serve. That’s evident not just by their more than $4 million in support—with substantial support from employee donations—for United Way’s work, but by the volunteer hours (more than 1,600) contributed by their employees, and BMO Harris Bank’s investment in United Way’s Neighborhood Network Initiative. Read More »