Mayor Emanuel Celebrates United Way\’s Work to Prepare 11,000 Middle School Students for High School

Mayor Emanuel joined United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) at Northern Trust for their annual Community Celebration event on Wednesday, June 13. The event honored United Way’s community impact results and contributions from top corporate partners, volunteers, board members and donors who support their 10-year vision, LIVE UNITED 2020. “Our Community Celebration Event honors the collaboration from across all sectors including corporations, small businesses, volunteers and partner agencies who give, advocate and volunteer on behalf of United Way,” said Wendy DuBoe, President and Chief Executive Officer at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. “In philanthropy, we coordinate the passion and resources that create social solutions in communities of greatest need.” Through the support of LIVE UNITED 2020, United Way is able to take the most successful strategies to scale and leverage all of its resources for maximum impact across a six-county region. In just this past year, through UWMC investments, 5,100 individuals found jobs, 40,000 people were connected to a primary care provider, 11,000 middle school students will enter high school ready to succeed and 72 middle schools are on a path to becoming a community hub. During his remarks, Mayor Emanuel talked to the importance of United Way’s LIVE UNITED 2020 vision here in Chicagoland and how it is contributing to the success of the city’s education system. “I commend United Way for their work with LIVE UNITED 2020 and for focusing on financial stability, education and health and wellness,’ said Mayor Emanuel, City of Chicago. “Because of organizations like United Way and the work they are doing, we had just over 60% of our students graduate from high school this year in Chicago. Don’t ever bet against the kids of the city of Chicago — they can achieve great things because the American dream is alive in our classrooms.” ABC News was there to cover the event. Click here to watch a news clip about the celebration.

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