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The Chicago Bears and United Way Huddle Up in South Chicago

On Tuesday, October 11th, Chicago Bears players joined United Way of Metropolitan Chicago for their annual Hometown Huddle event, this year in support of El Valor, a United Way partner agency that serves the South Chicago neighborhood. The NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle is a league-wide day of service designed to bring awareness… Read more »

Stay in School Initiative Kicks Off 11th Year

Eleven years after the Stay in School Initiative was created by Exelon, ComEd and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago to fight the high dropout and truancy rates in various Chicago Public Schools, Stay in School and its six community partners have served over 25,000 students ages 11 and up. … Read more »

3rd Annual Evanston Day of Caring

THANK YOU to all who helped make the 3rd Annual Evanston Day of Caring such a great success! The energy and committment of all of our volunteers helped to make the day so rewarding – despite the rain! We had a great kick-off rally at Northwestern at the start of the… Read more »

Neighborhood Network Partners Paint the Cook Elementary Health Center

Last Friday, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago volunteers, University of Chicago students, University of Illinois Chicago Medicine and the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) came together to paint a new school-based health center at Cook Elementary. Cook Elementary, a Chicago public school, is situated in the middle of Auburn-Gresham, a community… Read more »

Capacity Building in the South-Southwest Suburbs

In late July, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago hosted its first-ever Capacity Building Workshop for its South-Southwest partner agencies. Close to 100 participants attended targeted lectures and workshops to hone their grant-writing skills, to discuss how best to collect data for their programs, to develop their leadership strategies, to deepen their advocacy… Read more »