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Spotlight on Financial Stability

In Illinois, access to sustainable income and socioeconomic resources are critical to the advancement of low and moderate income households. Across the State, 1.2 million people are living below the poverty line and “38% of Illinois households live in asset poverty." In the city of Chicago, neighborhood poverty… Read more »

What’s a Neighborhood Network?

The team at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago had an idea. They already knew that the people best equipped and most dedicated to creating positive change in their communities were the members of the community themselves. They saw that in Chicago, nonprofit organizations and human service providers were already working to… Read more »

The Cicero Neighborhood Network:  The Community Leads, We Follow

Data collection and analysis plays a huge role in creating, shaping and developing strategies and outcomes to solve some of the biggest issues facing our communities.  Data collection and analysis is also an integral piece in creating and successfully achieving “Bold Goals” in each of our 10 Neighborhood Networks.  Often data collection… Read more »

Connecting Problems to Problem Solvers – South Suburban PADS and Chicago Area Drywall Finishers

One of United Way’s greatest strengths is our unique ability to connect passionate people to issues in communities that need solving. Because our partnerships reach across businesses, labor unions, individuals, nonprofit agencies and community groups, we can make connections that improve lives and neighborhoods. Recently, we learned that South Suburban PADS,… Read more »

Meet Gary Cueno

We appreciate all of our donors, board and committee members, loaned executives, affinity group participants and those who volunteer and help in so many ways. These selfless individuals play a vital role in our ability to make lives better and improve neighborhoods in the Greater Chicago region, but some go the… Read more »

Little Village Neighborhood Network Partners Work to Address Trauma

On Wednesday, January 11, nearly 50 leaders from the Marshall Square Resource Network gathered at Taller de José for an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Trauma Informed Training and community updates to kick off the new year. The meeting, which was conducted in both English and Spanish, was attended by partners from… Read more »

Tell your Senators: DON’T Repeal the ACA Without Replacement

As part of a nationwide “Senate Call-in Day” led by United Way Worldwide, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is urging Illinois residents to call their Senators and ask that healthcare coverage for all Americans be protected on Monday, January 23. The Affordable Care Act not only provides affordable and accessible… Read more »

Inside Chicago’s Neighborhoods with Andrea Zopp

On Tuesday, January 10th, our Tocqueville Society members were invited to a breakfast with Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp to discuss the challenges and assets in Chicago’s neighborhoods. “The single biggest challenge facing our neighborhoods is gun violence,” said the deputy mayor. “We have to interrupt the violence and deal with it.”… Read more »