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Neighborhood Network: West Chicago

Neighborhood Network

In West Chicago, a suburb approximately 30 miles west of Chicago, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago works with WeGo Together for Kids: a coalition of more than 40 organizations, to strategize on challenges, identify resources and implement programs to improve lives for community residents.

Among the challenges in West Chicago are a 74% poverty rate in the school district, a childhood overweight or obese rate of 46% and 27% of residents age 25 and older with no high school diploma.

West Chicago

West Chicago

Launch Date: August 2014

West Chicago Demographics

Hispanic: 85%
African American: 12%
White: 3%
Median Income: $31,386
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Bold Goal: By 2025, 90% of K-8 students will meet projected improvement in reading and math; obesity rate among youth will be reduced by 6%.

West Chicago

Our Results

  • 196 parents connected to community resources
  • 153 connections to individual and family mental health services
  • New playground built by volunteers from the Chicago Bears
  • Families received $631,000 in tax refunds through volunteer tax assistance
  • Established food pantry in middle school
  • Hired parent liaisons, health promoters and social worker

Our Partners

Lead Partner: WeGo Together for Kids

  • Access DuPage
  • Asthma & Allergy Center
  • CASEL
  • Center for Economic Progress
  • Dept. of Probation & Court Services – 18th Judicial Circuit Court
  • DuPage County Election Commission
  • DuPage Health Coalition
  • Family Shelter Services
  • Kid Care Medical
  • Metropolitan Family Services
  • NAMI DuPage
  • Pediatric Health Assoc. LTD
  • Puente del Pueblo
  • WCSD33
  • West Chicago Park District
  • Wheaton Academy
  • YWCA Patterson & McDaniel Family Center

Hubs Of Service

  • Leman Middle School

Resources/Programming

  • Family resource referral
  • Mental health services
  • Volunteer tax assistance
  • Food pantry

West Chicago Programs