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July is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

The following is a guest blog from Louise at Aging Care Connections, which serves residents of west suburban Cook County.  “Sometimes, the only things visible are the tears…” Each year, July is acknowledged as Elder Abuse Awareness month.   Aging Care Connections is committed to BREAKING THE SILENCE THAT SURROUNDS ELDER ABUSE IN… Read more »

How Teaching English Taught Me

The following blog is posted on behalf of Esther Hicks, Director of Community Investment at United Way DuPage/West Cook. We always say that you have the most impact when you give, advocate AND volunteer.   Over my past three years with United Way, I have definitely found this to be true.   I… Read more »

3 Keys to Paying Off Credit Card Debt Faster

The average household has over $14,000 in credit card debt. With interest payments and late fees, it seems as though there is no end to the vicious cycle. As a recent college graduate, I decided to start trying to pay off my credit cards. It is a daunting task, and to… Read more »

Is Chicago An Ideal Place To Work? Answers To Come

Sunny weather has finally hit our shores and it looks like summer is here to stay; however, many Chicagoans are still wary of the employment climate in and around the city. In partnership with the Chicago Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is going to dig… Read more »

100 Women Making a Difference

  Congratulations to the women featured in TCW's “100 Women Making a Difference!” The current issue of Today's Chicago Woman highlights 100 women who are making a difference in their respective fields and throughout their communities. TCW has been publishing this list since 1988 and after 23 years, many of the women are… Read more »

Five Free Things to Visit In Chicago

While Chicago is a beautiful city, it can also be an expensive one. I often decline invitations simply because a night out can cost a fortune. However, $15 movie tickets and $40 per person dinners are not the only options. I began researching fun, free things to do with friends this summer,… Read more »

Txting & Drivng: It Can Wait

Texting takes your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of a football field completely blind[1]. Texting while driving is becoming an epidemic in our country, its negative effects spreading like wildfire. Drivers, especially young drivers, are failing to realize the potential… Read more »

Health-Conscious Vacationing

It's a familiar story. You left for vacation happy and healthy, only to return under-exercised and over-indulged. Your routine is completely thrown off, making the post-vacation homecoming even more difficult. Setting the unrealistic goal to rigidly follow your normal routine while on vacation never seems to work, and setting no rules definitely… Read more »

Rocking out the YLS Year

By: Paul Pabst, YLS Member Development Chair The 2011 United Way Young Leader’s Society Rock Star event was graciously hosted at the trendy, private lounge Star Bar Lounge, located in the Leo Burnett building downtown. It was a very uplifting experience being in a room with so many charitable young activists. … Read more »