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Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I graduated from college in 2015 and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was working two jobs to gain more work experience and to pay my student loans off. I knew that I didn’t… Read more »

400 Families Receive Holiday Gifts

We are sharing our deepest gratitude this holiday season for every individual and company who participated in our annual holiday gift drive. Because of the generous support of our friends this season, we were able to provide 400 families with gifts this year! Our Adopt-a-Family program supports families in need… Read more »

Meet Our AmeriCorps Members – Luz Delia Sanchez

Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to AmeriCorps because it’s an organization that makes a difference. It provides me the opportunity to continue to assist individuals, work within my community and continue making a difference. When I applied to AmeriCorps to be a member I was considering… Read more »

Meet Our AmeriCorps Members – Michael A. Jackson Jr.

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is fortunate to have 12 AmeriCorps members with us for the next year. Members have been placed in each of our Neighborhood Network communities, working on the ground in neighborhoods on their bold goals for change. Each month, we will feature a Q&A with one of… Read more »

McDonald’s Invests in Local Students’ Success

McDonald’s Corporation is taking a stand on middle school support with a $50,000 investment in United Way education strategies. Students who drop out of high school show signs of struggling long beforehand. Tutoring, mentoring and after school programs for at risk middle school students help get and keep kids on track for… Read more »

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 »