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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 working throughout the region.The center serves… Read more »

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  • June 28, 2018 10:26am
    Speak United Blog

    Former Bears Player and AmeriCorps Volunteer Spark Fruitful Friendship

    When Nikko Ross arrived at Ignite, a Young Leaders United fundraiser benefiting United Way’s AmeriCorps volunteers, he anticipated a casual night of fun and celebration. Little did he know, a chat with a special guest would spark a rewarding friendship that will extend far beyond the party.During the night’s celebrations, the 22-year-old… Read more »

  • June 25, 2018 11:17am
    Speak United Blog

    Cracking the Code to New Career Pathways

    Only 29 percent of jobs in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields are currently held by people of color. It’s not a lack of interest in these fields that prevent minority students from entering the workforce, but rather a lack of access and awareness.But that’s changing for youth in the communities… Read more »

  • June 22, 2018 6:08am
    Speak United Blog

    AmeriCorps Volunteers: Chicago’s Unsung Community Champions

    With three academic degrees, fluency in five languages and a slew of certificates under her belt, Gabriela Juárez Domínguez has the skills to succeed in several careers. However, the Rogers Park resident is dedicating a year of her life to improving the lives of others in the Chicago region, serving as an… Read more »

  • June 20, 2018 5:46pm
    Speak United Blog

    United Way Corporate Partners Give Back in Big Ways

    It’s no secret that we have great partners at United Way of Metro Chicago. We’re able to join forces with some of the best, brightest and most benevolent business leaders across the region in our fight for stronger communities. While there are endless ways that our corporate partners invest in the neighborhoods… Read more »

  • June 16, 2018 6:45pm
    Speak United Blog

    Fathers Group Transforms Families’ Futures

    When Lavelle Shaffer’s first son was born in August 2015, the young West Chicago native was struggling. He became homeless earlier that year after a dispute with family and had only recently found an apartment to call home.Those first few days, Lavelle stayed by his partner’s side night in and night out,… Read more »

  • June 14, 2018 11:13pm
    Speak United Blog

    Gaining Access to Working Wages

    A veteran of the Air Force reserves, Christopher Urban has a non-traditional employment history. Despite studying computer information systems and earning an associates degree through City Colleges of Chicago, he knew sitting behind a desk all day was not the right fit for him. After working a number of different jobs, Christopher… Read more »

  • June 14, 2018 11:09am
    What unites our base of devoted donors? A strong dedication to improving lives across the region. Listen to Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, describe the “magic” of our work together. Tap the link in our bio to join their ranks today! #UWMC30DaysOfImpact #LIVEUNITED #giveback

    What unites our base of devoted donors? A strong dedication to improving lives across the region. Listen to Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, describe the “magic” of our work together. Tap the link in our bio to join their ranks today! #UWMC30DaysOfImpact #LIVEUNITED #giveback

  • June 12, 2018 4:46pm
    Our community partners in South Chicago are creating a culture of care around those affected by violence. Principal Michael Hinton, of Hoyne Elementary School, sees their impact up close. Tap the link in our bio to join the fight! #UWMC30DaysOfImpact #LIVEUNITED #GiveBack

    Our community partners in South Chicago are creating a culture of care around those affected by violence. Principal Michael Hinton, of Hoyne Elementary School, sees their impact up close. Tap the link in our bio to join the fight! #UWMC30DaysOfImpact #LIVEUNITED #GiveBack

  • June 12, 2018 11:00am
    Speak United Blog

    College Mentors Prime Brighton Park Students for Success

    At the start of the school year, Jesus Alvarez was “going downhill.” His homework went unfinished most nights, his assignments were marked with Ds and Fs and his behavior was disorderly, as he was causing fights and berating teachers.For many students who grow up in Jesus’s neighborhood of Brighton Park, these behaviors… Read more »

  • June 10, 2018 11:03am
    In West Chicago @WeGoTogetherWC offers ESL classes for students of all ages and levels. This often creates new employment opportunities for adults. Will you help provide this stability for families in our region?  Tap the link in our bio to learn how. #UWMC30DaysOfImpact #NeighborhoodNetwork

    In West Chicago @WeGoTogetherWC offers ESL classes for students of all ages and levels. This often creates new employment opportunities for adults. Will you help provide this stability for families in our region? Tap the link in our bio to learn how. #UWMC30DaysOfImpact #NeighborhoodNetwork

  • June 6, 2018 11:17am
    Want to broaden your network more than ever before? To strengthen our impact, the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Metro Chicago is making a bold change… Welcome, Women United! Tap the link in our bio to learn how you can connect with hardworking women across the region. #UWMC30DaysOfImpact #LIVEUnited #WomenUnited

    Want to broaden your network more than ever before? To strengthen our impact, the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Metro Chicago is making a bold change… Welcome, Women United! Tap the link in our bio to learn how you can connect with hardworking women across the region. #UWMC30DaysOfImpact #LIVEUnited #WomenUnited

  • June 6, 2018 6:00am
    Speak United Blog
    Women United

    A Warm Welcome to Women United!

    United Way of Metro Chicago’s Women’s Leadership Council is making a bold change... Welcome, Women United!United Way of Metro Chicago’s Women United will join a network of more than 70,000 female leaders in more than 165 communities across six countries. This transition will enable the members of United Way’s Women United to… Read more »

  • June 4, 2018 6:10am
    Speak United Blog

    Little Village Students, Chicago Bears Huddle Up to Talk Character

    Middle school is hard. It’s a time when young people are trying to figure out their friendships, their emotions and who they want to be. For some students at Spry Community School in Little Village, the challenges outside of school are even greater. With so much on their plates, things like character… Read more »

  • May 30, 2018 2:36pm
    Our community & corporate partners have invested in bold community changes over the last year. We’ll be showcasing their phenomenal work on Facebook & Twitter throughout June. Tap the link in our bio to find out how you can join our fight for stronger neighborhoods! #UWMC30DaysOfImpact #LIVEUnited #GiveBack

    Our community & corporate partners have invested in bold community changes over the last year. We’ll be showcasing their phenomenal work on Facebook & Twitter throughout June. Tap the link in our bio to find out how you can join our fight for stronger neighborhoods! #UWMC30DaysOfImpact #LIVEUnited #GiveBack

  • May 25, 2018 10:33am
    In Chicago, sexual assault survivors often wade through the criminal justice system alone. @TheCAASE, one of our community partners, is disrupting that trend. Its legal aid services made all the difference to Venesa, a South Side native. Read her story at the link in our bio. #LIVEUnited #MeToo

    In Chicago, sexual assault survivors often wade through the criminal justice system alone. @TheCAASE, one of our community partners, is disrupting that trend. Its legal aid services made all the difference to Venesa, a South Side native. Read her story at the link in our bio. #LIVEUnited #MeToo