Here’s What Inspires Us to LIVE UNITED!

Here at United Way of Metro Chicago, LIVE UNITED is more than a slogan to us.  We are passionate about our work and as part of that we come together to not just contribute our time and talent, but to use our treasure to support our mission. Our 2017 United Way Internal Campaign kicked off last week. The campaign gave us the opportunity to make individual pledges, volunteer by making care packages for one of our Neighborhood Network partners, and to celebrate the important work that drives our mission forward.

As a way to showcase what inspires all of us here at United Way, we created the Inspiration HUB. This corner of our office was set up as a way for employees to share the things that encourage them to continue fighting for our communities. The space quickly filled up with pictures, quotes and memories of the many people, places, ideas and events that have inspired all of us at United Way of Metro Chicago.

One common inspirational theme we discovered is our love of the people we serve and partner with. Our little HUB was bursting at the seams with pictures from our Stay In School program, which in partnership with Exelon and ComEd, has provided mentorship opportunities to more than 15,000 youth in the region. There were memories from our affinity group initiatives like the Young Leader Society’s beautification project at Spry Elementary in Little Village, the United Pride panel discussion on health care access for LGBTQ youth, and the Women’s Leadership Council spa and beauty product donation drive to provide children with Mothers Day gifts. Staff also highlighted events like United for the Holidays, where we were able to celebrate the season with our South Chicago Neighborhood Network community by hosting a resource fair and providing 480 coats, 600 toys and 1,000 hats, scarves and gloves to over 100 families. We shared the causes that are near and dear to us: Access United, which provides union apprenticeship opportunities to minority youth, and the Marshall Square Resource Network Peace Committee, which works to prevent domestic violence.

Each year our internal campaign helps to put our work into perspective. It reiterates that what we do every day wouldn’t be possible without the support of our donors, partners and volunteers. And, it is a great opportunity for us to join forces by also giving some of our personal financial resources to support our mission.

Together we will all continue to fight to make life better for the millions of people in our region. Anything is possible when we LIVE UNITED!

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