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Local Therapy Class Helps Both Mothers and Babies Thrive

“She’s doing it! She’s doing it!” exclaimed Nicole Zwiercan with a delighted grin on her face. Next to Nicole lay her 8-month old daughter, Ashlynn, holding her chest and head up to see her proud mother.For every mom, witnessing a milestone in her child’s development is cause for celebration.However, these advances are especially significant for Nicole and other mothers whose children attend the Center for Independence through Conductive Education, a United Way of Metro Chicago community partner.The center serves children and teenagers with physical… Read more »

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  • June 18, 2019 9:36am
    Speak United Blog

    The Changemakers: Passionate Volunteers Power Philanthropy

    Every team needs a utility player. At United Way of Metro Chicago, Joe Higgins is one of those teammates. Year in and year out, Joe invests in his community by giving his time, energy and resources.It’s not because he has a lot of extra time on his hands (trust us, he’s a… Read more »

  • June 14, 2019 1:00pm
    Speak United Blog

    Together, Austin Community Tackles Unemployment

    Last year, when Renay Hopkins lost her job, it was a frustrating and laborious effort to find a new one. While searching, she moved in with her grandmother to save some money. She recommended that Renay visit Austin Coming Together (ACT), a social service organization and United Way partner in her southwest… Read more »

  • June 5, 2019 2:48pm
    Speak United Blog

    Brighton Park Students Rally Youth for Change

    A few weeks ago, more than 400 youth from six Brighton Park schools met to tackle some of the challenges they face in their community — from police violence and unhealthy relationships to adultism and violations of immigrants' rights. With support from Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC), the day-long “Let Youth Be… Read more »

  • May 31, 2019 12:43pm
    Speak United Blog

    Abuse Survivors See Path Forward with Latinos Progresando

    When someone experiences violence or abuse, it can be incredibly difficult to ask for help -- whether it’s from a family member, law enforcement or a social service provider. For a person who immigrated to the United States and lacks U.S. citizenship or a legal immigration status, it’s even more daunting. Immigrant… Read more »

  • May 23, 2019 1:50pm
    Speak United Blog

    South Chicago Readies Residents to Take on Trauma

    This piece is the first in a two-part series about efforts to enhance trauma-informed care in two of United Way of Metro Chicago’s Neighborhood Networks. As a young boy growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Rasheed Sami faced struggles that no child should. Some days, there wasn’t food on his table.… Read more »

  • May 22, 2019 4:29pm
    Speak United Blog

    The Long-Lasting Impact Of Collective Action

    In nearly every facet of our lives -- from our workplaces to our homes -- we work with others to achieve common goals. So when our neighbors, communities and region face challenges, it only makes sense that we unite to resolve them together. In the world of service providers, this is known… Read more »

  • May 14, 2019 2:38pm
    Speak United Blog

    Evanston Agency Makes Residents Feel at Home

    As the rest of the region came to a halt during February’s Polar Vortex, the team at Connections for the Homeless in Evanston worked on overdrive. For more than 72 hours, staff members, volunteers and program participants went above and beyond to ensure their neighbors were safe and warm.Staff and volunteers coordinated… Read more »

  • May 7, 2019 3:04pm
    Speak United Blog

    Community Schools Equip Families for Success

    Over the holiday season, Maria Robles, a West Chicago mom, and her son were suddenly forced out of their home. At a time when they should be celebrating, they found themselves in crisis. For help, she turned to Crystal Dela Huerta, a family liaison working in her son’s school. Family liaisons from… Read more »

  • April 29, 2019 10:37am
    Speak United Blog

    Primo Center Houses & Inspires Homeless Families

    For nearly 40 years, the Primo Center for Women and Children has cared for our most vulnerable neighbors on the city’s west side -- women and children who are homeless. Through housing, shelter and childcare programs, Primo Center not only places families in safe living situations, but empowers parents to break cycles… Read more »

  • April 19, 2019 10:16am
    Speak United Blog
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    A Mother’s Fight Won With Legal Aid

    A few years ago, when Jahnice Johnson would play with their son Ja-lijah, she kept noticing he wasn’t speaking new words or making new motions despite being enrolled in speech and physical therapy.  As a young child with a developmental disability, Ja-lijah was entitled to educational and therapeutic services through Early Intervention… Read more »

  • April 16, 2019 10:23am
    Speak United Blog

    United Way Volunteering 101

    Chicagoans are deeply committed to the city we call “home.” We are people who care about our neighbors and want to see everybody thrive. There’s no shortage of desire to give back or opportunities to get involved, but it can be difficult to know where to start.At United Way, we help to… Read more »

  • April 11, 2019 7:00am
    Speak United Blog

    Apna Ghar Advocates for Sexual Assault Survivors

    In honor of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we recognize the strength and resilience of survivors of sexual assault and celebrate our compassionate community partners who work to end violence and encourage healing in our city. Neha Gill has traveled the world studying gender issues. From East Africa to Latin America to… Read more »

  • April 5, 2019 1:15pm
    Speak United Blog

    The Changemakers: Corporate Volunteers Strengthen Community Ties

    In a large warehouse just south of McKinley Park, Anthony Lighthall and his colleagues at National Futures Association (NFA) prepared for a busy day of community service.  Outside of his human resources role at NFA, Anthony leads the company’s workplace campaign. He encourages his fellow employees to support United Way and facilitates… Read more »

  • March 25, 2019 5:04pm
    Speak United Blog

    Blue Cap Pantry Brings Fresh Goods to a Food Desert  

    On a sunny Tuesday in March, Deborah Shirley, a caretaker living in Robbins, took a break from her daily duties to pick up groceries for her and her mother. But, unfortunately for her and her neighbors, there are no quality grocery stores within the city limits. In addition to living in an… Read more »

  • March 12, 2019 11:56pm
    Speak United Blog

    Bronzeville Builds Pipeline for Youth Employment

    Despite its great cultural and economic contributions to Chicago, Bronzeville is still recovering from decades of divestment. To address the existing inequities, a local non-profit is making long-term plans to revitalize the community through its workforce. To spur lasting change, Bright Star Community Outreach invests in Bronzeville’s future —  its youth. By expanding… Read more »