Education. Income. Health.
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:
- Approximately 47,000 people (ages 16-69) are unemployed.
- Many residents are stagnated in low-paying and non-career path positions.
- Several areas in the region have median incomes of less than half the national average.
- Over 14,000 people (age 25+) have an education level of 12th grade or less.
- In the Southland region, approximately 12.5% of the region’s population lives under 200% of the federal poverty level, ($44,000 for a family of four) with some areas experiencing levels higher than 20%
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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 »