Dear Friends and Supporters,
As we hit our stride in a new school year, we thought it a good time to reach out and share more about the work and impact you’re making possible with your support of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.
We’re pleased to let you know that as of the most recent reporting from our partners, we are extremely close to meeting all of our LIVE UNITED 2020 community impact goals—in fact we have surpassed our goals in our health and financial stability work. Importantly, behind these numbers are high school graduates, heads of households with new or better jobs and families receiving more consistent health care, some for the first time in years.
|Goal||Cumulative Results to Date*|
|50,000 underperforming middle school kids on track entering high school||34,992 (FY 12-14 data)|
|100,000 households with improved economic stability||104,452|
|200,000 people connected to a primarycare physician||384,051|
|Answer the crisis needs of approximately 1 million people every year by providing food, shelter and freedom from violence||4.2M|
Certainly, the challenges continue. Too many families still live in poverty. Too many young people still aren’t realizing their potential. But what reaching these significant goals demonstrates is what’s possible—on a large scale—when the right work meets the right supporters. We are immensely grateful that we are able to reach 1.7 million people with resources critical to their current well-being and to a better future with your help.
In other news, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago has completed our most recent grant-making process, supporting 198 agencies in our city and suburbs doing the best work in our strategy areas. This funding is particularly critical as our agencies deal with the budget impasse in Springfield which impedes their ability to both plan effectively and deliver services.
United Way has been reaching out to state leaders and the media over the last four months in an effort to educate policy-makers and the public on the damage being done to the human services infrastructure as we wait for a budget to be passed. A survey conducted by United Way of Illinois, covered significantly in the press, found that human service providers are making substantial cuts that impact client services as we are well into our fourth month without a budget from Springfield:
- 84% of respondents reported they have cut the number of clients served
- Of program categories cut by more than 25%, most are impacting children and working adults
- 31% of agencies have 1 month or less of cash reserves remaining; 8% have utilized their full cash reserves.
The generous funding provided by the private sector—by people like you— in supporting the needy in our communities is remarkable and much-needed, yet it cannot make up gap left by significant state investments. A balanced and strategic public-private approach is what will provide the most impact and positive change in the state long-term.
Your passion for strengthening our families and communities inspires and fuels our work every day.