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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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  • 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 »

  • March 7, 2019 9:50pm
    Speak United Blog

    International Women’s Day 2019

    Year-round, women in our community and the United Way network empower others and inspire change. Some create pathways to leadership in their companies, while others organize their neighbors to build stronger neighborhoods. No matter their contribution, all do so in the service of their community. Today, on International Women's Day, we celebrate… Read more »

  • February 28, 2019 11:39am
    Speak United Blog

    Pre-K Students Craft Healthy Behaviors Through Arts Education

    When Jan Ellenstein teaches Evanston youth to paint ocean scenes with acrylics or draw cityscapes with pastels, she isn’t hoping for masterpieces. She’s hoping the young learners will acquire the confidence to see themselves as artists, no matter their skill level.Jan, the lead children and youth facilitator at Open Studio Project… Read more »

  • February 12, 2019 3:37pm
    Speak United Blog
    Black Leaders United

    Black Leaders United: Boldly Championing Chicago’s Black Community

    United Way of Metro Chicago is proud to announce our newest affinity group — Black Leaders United! While the Black Leaders United (BLU) Council has already been hard at work behind the scenes for several months, the group is making big moves and extending an invitation to join in this work. Studies have… Read more »

  • February 11, 2019 11:58am
    Speak United Blog

    Tax Assistance Gives Workers Ladder Up to a Brighter Future

    Our partners are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with the 2019 tax season. Help your neighbors pocket their hard-earned money! While we all hope that the worst of the winter weather will soon dissipate, another, often more dreaded, season of the year is upon us -- tax season.For most people, the process… Read more »

  • February 5, 2019 11:14am
    Speak United Blog

    La Casa Norte Gives Unhoused Youth a Place to Call Home

    As temperatures across the region plunged to lethal levels last week, most Chicagoans retreated to the safety of their homes. But for many across the region, such an option is a luxury.In Cook County, it’s estimated that 80,000 to 125,000 individuals are homeless, including thousands of youth and young adults who live… Read more »

  • January 16, 2019 3:23pm
    Speak United Blog

    The Advocates: Cultivating a Culture of Corporate Philanthropy 

    In his lifetime, Charles Matthews’ career has taken him and his family around the United States and beyond. Though his title and coordinates have changed, his commitment to serving as a philanthropic leader in the workplace hasn’t.Serving as president and chief executive officer of Peoples Energy, Charles oversees the daily operations, strategy,… Read more »

  • January 9, 2019 10:45am
    Speak United Blog

    Austin Teens Build Sisterhood of Support

    A few days before their Christmas celebrations began, a group of teen girls from Chicago’s Austin neighborhood gathered around a table, sipping hot chocolate and decorating canvases.  The “Paint & Sip” night organized by BUILD, Inc., one of Chicago’s leading gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development organizations, served as a “mixer” to… Read more »

  • December 19, 2018 11:23am
    Speak United Blog

    Cooking & Conversations: Health Promoters Host Nutrition Chats

    In a small classroom in Little Village, Gloria Hernandez passed around recipes to a handful of women clad in hairnets and aprons. On this December morning, parfait de fruta y yogurt, or fruit and yogurt parfaits, were on the menu.As the women peeled and chopped bananas, strawberries, apples and papayas, Gloria guided… Read more »

  • December 11, 2018 11:30am
    Speak United Blog

    The Changemakers: United Way Volunteers Make a Difference

    When she’s not sifting through spreadsheets in her audit department at KPMG, Sara Clancy lends her leadership skills to a good cause. As chair of our Young Leaders United (YLU) affinity group, Sara leads the team of philanthropic young adults through volunteer projects and planning for fundraising events.She’s new to the gig,… Read more »

  • December 7, 2018 3:43pm
    Speak United Blog

    Festive Fair Brightens Evanston Families’ Holiday Season

    As Christmas music played and families mingled, Dayari Landa sifted through a table filled with children’s books, searching for the perfect read. The 9-year-old girl passed over Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein offerings and, with a look of delight, picked up two coding books for girls.“This is great! I just joined Girls… Read more »

  • December 6, 2018 2:17pm
    Speak United Blog

    Leadership Trainings Empower Local Parents

    Throughout parenthood, mothers and fathers often find themselves wishing for instructions on how to raise their children to be successful in school and in life. Though no such manual exists, some neighborhood organizations supported by United Way of Metro Chicago are providing parents with the next best tool – parent leadership programs.“Parent… Read more »

  • December 5, 2018 12:05pm
    Speak United Blog

    Healthy Kids Resource Fair Opens Doors to Good Health

    Presently, more than 70,000 Chicago Public Schools students who are eligible for health insurance lack coverage. That’s 20 percent of students in one of the largest school districts in the country.Through a new initiative called Opening Doors, United Way of Metro Chicago and CPS aim to reduce that number. By directly connecting… Read more »

  • November 20, 2018 3:50pm
    Speak United Blog

    5 Reasons United Way Should Be On Your Giving List This Year

     While the holiday season is often thought of as a time of celebration and good cheer, many of our neighbors across the region are facing challenges they can’t tackle alone. As giving is top of mind, we encourage you to do what you can to support your neighbors in need.Here are five… Read more »

  • November 15, 2018 11:48am
    Speak United Blog

    Healthcare Navigators Help Enrollees Steer Clear of Insurance Confusion

    Copayments. Deductibles. Premiums. The complex world of health insurance coverage can be confusing for even the most informed patients. But for immigrants, refugees and other underserved populations, our country’s healthcare system is particularly daunting.In a city where 10.5 percent of people lack health insurance coverage, United Way of Metro Chicago community partners… Read more »