Dear Friends and Supporters,
Congratulations! With the June 30 reporting from our partner agencies, I am proud to share that United Way of Metropolitan Chicago has surpassed the key community goals we identified in our LIVE UNITED 2020 Community Impact Plan back in 2011.
Many of you know that several years ago, United Way focused our investments in three key areas of individual and community success and set significant goals in education, financial stability and health. We also committed to providing food, shelter and safety from violence for more than a million people in dire need each year.
Your steadfast support has helped us reach each one of our goals four years early.
- Households more financially stable – 133,680 /100,000 goal
- People connected to physician – 577,121/200,00 goal
- Youth on track for graduation – 58,796/50,000 goal
- Individuals provided with food, shelter and safety – 5,028,000
Your support has helped ensure children stay in school and receive the support they need to succeed. It has increased the job prospects and household incomes for people living at or near the poverty level. It has connected hundreds of thousands of people to health care and healthier lives. You should be proud of the role you have played in this work and the lives you have changed.
This kind of impact also shows that United Way’s transformation as an organization is on target if we are to continue to make the most compelling difference for the most people in need. From community chest, to impact funding in focused strategies, to a leader in catalytic community change, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago adjusts in order to do the right things to strengthen our neighbors and neighborhoods.
While we’ve made remarkable progress for those in need, the violence in our city continues to pain and frustrate all of us, none more than the families in the high need communities United Way serves who pay the ultimate price in fear and loss. United Way’s work with our partners in education, employment and community strengthening through our Neighborhood Network Initiative certainly addresses many of the root causes of violence, but, like you, we know more needs to be done.
Through our neighborhood work we’re engaged in trauma-informed counseling and services in Bronzeville and South Chicago so that violence doesn’t beget more violence. We’re working on educational success at earlier ages in communities like Austin, so children experience support and achievement earlier in school so that they can make more and better choices later. We’re working in mental health so people can access the consistent care and supportive services that are so critical for their well-being. And, with the leadership in our ten Neighborhood Network communities, we are working with residents and leaders to better connect individuals and families, not just with the programs and services that can help them, but to each other.
Reaching our LU2020 goals ahead of schedule has given us the opportunity to thoughtfully and thoroughly plan for the next phase of the organization and to build on what works.
As we continue to support our extraordinary agency partners and connect people and sectors across our region to improve lives, we know that now, more than ever, our neighborhoods need us. We are uniquely positioned to address the challenges and aspirations of the communities we serve, and we look forward to deepening our investment and involvement across the region.
All the best,
Wendy L. DuBoe