Michael, a 13-year-old 8th grader at George Leland Elementary School, lives with his mother and siblings in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood on the west side. Austin, one of United Way's Neighborhood Network communities, faces big challenges including poverty, unemployment, crime, gun violence, gang activity and under-resourced schools with few extracurricular enrichment opportunities. Michael… Read more »
When Heather Clark was transferred to Lake Forest for her job a few years ago, she knew very little about the greater Chicago region. What she did know was that she was interested in supporting local programs that serve children—the most important social issue to her.
“Children are our future,… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Through our Neighborhood Network Initiative, we help neighborhoods solve their most pressing problems by developing community- specific strategies. Working with a lead partner in the community, United Way funds and guides the work of the Neighborhood Network toward achieving its collective goal. South Chicago is one of the 10 Neighborhood Network communities… Read more »
BMO cares about the communities it serves. That’s evident not just by their more than $4 million in support—with over $3 million from employee donations—for United Way’s work, but by the volunteer hours (more than 2,100) contributed by their employees and by BMO Harris Bank’s investment in United Way’s Neighborhood Network Initiative.… Read more »
Our brand-new website has been redesigned from the ground up featuring a full-width design, dynamic content, improved performance, retina display support site-wide and streamlined navigation. All of this was done to make it easier for you to get informed, get connected and get involved. And we hope that you will. Read more »
Our hats are off to Peter Butler for his impactful leadership as President of Rush University Medical Center and for his inspirational support of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago!
Since joining Rush in 1982, Peter spearheaded numerous volunteer activities between Rush and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and has been a… Read more »
One of the core areas of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s work that you support with your contribution is helping make sure young children enter kindergarten ready to learn and students enter high school on track for graduation. Specifically, United Way focuses on expanding resources for high-quality preschool and home visits and… Read more »
Vell was struggling in school. He had disciplinary problems and was failing academically—he was on the verge of being expelled from 8th grade. A United Way partner agency reached out to Vell and his family to offer support through a mentoring program. He was connected with a mentor named Luis who began… Read more »