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Income: Earn It. Save It. Grow It.

Our Results*

connected to new income supports/benefits
households improved economic stability
people improved their financial literacy

* Cumulative data from FY 2011-2015. Not all unique individuals.


Our Strategy


Advance economic stability for 100,000 households.

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By 2020, United Way will help 100,000 households achieve financial stability.

Job Training

The Facts

Many individuals in our region are unable to secure or maintain stable employment, maximize their income, manage household finances or prepare adequately for their financial future.

While employment is the most critical component of adult prosperity, in the Chicagoland region barriers to jobs persist for many.

  • The unemployment rate is 7% regionally and up to 20% in some United Way partner communities
  • The poverty rate averages 33% in United Way partner communities
  • More than 400,000 people in Cook and DuPage counties live in extreme poverty

What We're Doing

United Way sees the need in our community and makes targeted investments in programs and partnerships that show real results. United Way’s work in financial stability is making a difference for people and families, ensuring that they have the tools they need to thrive.

To achieve our goal, United Way is focused on the following strategies:

  • Place people in jobs through training, skill building, and workforce development
  • Build knowledge of personal finance, budgeting and growing savings
  • Provide free tax assistance to connect people with appropriate credits

In our experience, no one agency or program can advance the economic stability of individuals and families alone. Our role as coordinator and integrator allows us to provide a network of services that directly improve employment and financial outcomes through practical partnerships with nonprofit agencies, corporate entities, government agencies and human service organizations.

Partner Agency Investments

United Way is investing more than $4 million in 63 agencies across the region that provide high quality workforce and economic development services to communities and people who will bene t from them the most. Through these programs and partnerships, we have made steady progress toward our goal.

  • Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago Bethel New Life, Inc.
  • Bridge Communities, Inc.
  • Casa Central
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet
  • Center for Changing Lives
  • Center for Economic Progress
  • Central States SER – Jobs for Progress, Inc. Centro de Informacion
  • Chicago Commons Association
  • Chicago House and Social Service Agency Chicago Urban League
  • Chinese Mutual Aid Association
  • Community Career Center
  • Connections for the Homeless
  • Countryside Association for People with Disabilities
  • DuPage PADS
  • El Valor
  • Erie Neighborhood House
  • Family Service: Prevention, Education & Counseling
  • Family Shelter Service, Inc.
  • Ford Heights Community Service Organization, Inc. Heartland Human Care Services, Inc.
  • Helping Hand Center
  • Housing Options for the Mentally Ill
  • Inspiration Corporation
  • Instituto del Progreso Latino
  • Jane Addams Resource Corporation
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Korean American Community Services
  • Korean American Community Services
  • Ladder Up
  • LAF
  • Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center
  • Literacy Volunteers of DuPage/Literacy DuPage
  • Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois
  • Metropolitan Family Services
  • National Able Network, Inc
  • New Hope Center, Inc.
  • North Lawndale Employment Network
  • Outreach Community Ministries
  • Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council
  • People’s Resource Center
  • PLOWS Council on Aging
  • Respond Now
  • Safer Foundation
  • Sertoma Centre, Inc.
  • Solutions for Care
  • South Suburban Family Shelter, Inc.
  • Southland Health Care Forum
  • Southland Hispanic Leadership Council
  • SouthSTAR Services
  • Southwest Community Services, Inc
  • St. Leonard’s Ministries
  • The Cara Program
  • The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
  • The Resurrection Project
  • Thresholds
  • United Cerebral Palsy Seguin of Greater Chicago Walk-In Ministry of Hope
  • World Relief
  • YWCA Evanston/North Shore