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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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United Way Tax Season Support

Raise your voice for working families this Friday, January 30, on Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. The EITC helps lower-wage working families keep more of what they earn. Read More »

United Way in the News – January

United Way’s Bill Green talks with Val Warner of Windy City Live about the truth and myths related to health insurance and the Health Care Marketplace as part of Youth Enrollment Week. Read More »

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Join in on something fabulous! Enjoy a glass of Adagio tea while you treat yourself to something beautiful at Soma. 15% of all sales will benefit the United Way Women’s Leadership Council’s vital mentoring programs. Read More »

Media coverage highlights UWMC as leaders of change

Recent media coverage illustrates United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s role on different levels in leading and resourcing change in our region. Part of United Way’s unique value is that we do play the role of advocate, funder, partner, and innovator on both a neighborhood and regional level. Read More »

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