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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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  • 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
    Photo of mother and son representing legal council health justice

    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 »

  • 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 »