On March 21, I had the privilege of attending the launch of United Way’s new social service initiative, LIVE UNITED Neighborhood Network. This new outreach and service delivery model integrates education, health and income services to maximize United Way’s impact within communities. Brighton Park has been chosen as the first community to host the LIVE UNITED Neighborhood Network.
During the launch event, supporters, community leaders, and parents had the opportunity to hear from representatives from United Way, Chicago community leaders, and Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, the lead agency partner in the launch of this exciting new part of United Way. In my opinion, the launch of LIVE UNITED Neighborhood Network signals a critical step in United Way’s LIVE UNITED 2020 community-impact plan. With a model such as this one, United Way can more effectively invest resources in the Chicago community through social service hubs that can be replicated throughout Chicago Neighborhoods.
As members of YLS, I believe it to be very important that we understand this model and how it relates to us as supporters of United Way. It is my belief that LIVE UNITED Neighborhood Network signals a turning point in United Way’s community impact and I look forward to continuing to learn about how I can support the development of programs like these. My sincere congratulations to United Way’s staff on the successful launch of this exciting new initiative.
Post submitted on behalf of Brett Taylor, YLS Issue Awareness Committee Chair.