Because of You

On behalf of the team at United Way, thank you for lending your time, talent and resources to ensure  LIVE UNITED 2020  is on the path to becoming a reality. Together, we are helping families and individuals across our region access the education, income and health resources they need to thrive. ACCESS Community Health Network is a partner of United Way’s Health Initiative. It is Chicagoland’s largest private provider of primary health care. BECAUSE OF YOU, ACCESS is able to provide over 600,000 encounters to more than 215,000 patients a year in nearly 60 locations across the Chicago region. Ladder Up is a partner of United Way’s Income Initiative. Ladder Up provides free financial services to help their clients move up the economic ladder. Their Tax Assistance Program helps low-income families and individuals claim valuable tax credits and secure refunds, money that can considerably alleviate financial burdens. BECAUSE OF YOU, they have completed over 9,300 returns and returned $16.9 million in tax refunds to their clients. Freedom Middle School is a partner of United Way’s Education Initiative. Last fall, Freedom Middle School joined with Youth Crossroads, OfficeMax and United Way to provide families and students with on-site programming in their school. BECAUSE OF YOU, the students involved in these programs are on track to graduate eighth grade and continue on to high school.

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