Together with thousands of volunteers, supporters and advocates, United Way of Metro Chicago builds strong neighborhoods, by finding solutions, supporting programs and fighting back against poverty, illness, violence and a lack of educational opportunities.
As part of this network of support the commitment and expertise of our partner agencies is crucial.
United Way Funded Partner Agencies by Impact Area
Agency Partner Awards
United Way partners with the most effective, best-in-class agencies across the region. We’re proud to honor the following partner agencies for their extraordinary work in the areas of health, education, financial stability and safety.
Agency Partner of the Year
Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation
Since 2001, the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC) has worked in all parts of Auburn-Gresham, providing economic development, housing support, senior services, real estate development and educational initiatives. GAGDC is the lead agency in our Auburn-Gresham Neighborhood Network and they have continuously gone above and beyond to ensure the Neighborhood Network is supported. From hosting neighborhood tours to planning volunteer days, the GAGDC team is a true impact partner in the community.
Neighborhood Network Agency of the Year
The Cicero Youth Task Force
The Cicero Youth Task Force (CYTF) is a volunteer coalition of over 80 different organizations who are dedicated to the well-being of children, youth and families in Cicero. CYTF members work together to share information on organizational activities, leverage support and resources and develop comprehensive strategies that serve the needs of children and families in Cicero. Through relationship building and networking that occurs in task force meetings and activities, a broader base of community support is built and strengthened.
LIVE UNITED Agency Campaign of the Year
Children’s Home + Aid
The LIVE UNTIED award recognizes an agency partner that organizes a United Way campaign, giving back to fellow agencies and helping serve the greater Chicago community beyond their service focus. Children’s Home + Aid grew their campaign 17% by placing a large importance on supporting United Way’s vision and strategy, and strategy, particularly at a time when the state was cutting payments to agencies. Children’s Home + Aid truly exemplifies what it means to LIVE UNITED as a Chicago region.
Education Impact Award
The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning
United Way is focused on making sure children start their educational journey on stable ground and enter kindergarten ready to succeed. We couldn’t do this work without exceptional partneres in early education like The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning. For more than 40 years, The Center has developed a rich legacy of educational expertise, service and program excellence. The Center currently provides infant and toddler home visits and preschool services to more than 1,200 at-risk families in northwest Cook County. Beyond these direct services The Center is nationally recognized for its innovative programming that is studied by early childhood educators and providers throughout the region.
Income Impact Award
Ensuring that families and individuals have the financial tools that they need to be successful is one of United Way’s critical goals. One of our most unique partners in this work is New Star, a community organization dedicated to challenging the limits and changing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the Chicago region. From launching an e-recycling facility, to creating a nationally-known advocacy program, and leading the way in innovative models of residential care, New Star continues to break down barriers and blaze new trails through life-changing programs and services.
Health Impact Award
360 Youth Services
United Way is honored to recognize 360 Youth Services for their steadfast dedication to serving youth in crisis. They fight to build a community where all youth possess the necessary skills to successfully navigate life’s challenges. 360 Youth Services offers traditional counseling, crisis intervention, grief and healing sessions, and they have a unique partnership with the schools and local police departments to effectively respond to youth in crisis. In addition, they provide transitional living to homeless youth ages 18-24 who are struggling to become self-sufficient, an emergency shelter for teens in crisis who are unable to live with their families, and substance abuse prevention programs.
Safety Net Impact Award
United Way has been on the front lines of the Illinois budget crisis, advocating for a full budget to support human services so that everyone has access to the support they need to thrive. We could not have asked for a stronger partner in this fight than Access Living. Established in 1980, Access Living is at the forefront of the disability rights movement, removing barriers so people with disabilities can live the future they envision. In addition to their advocacy work around the State budget, Access Living is nationally recognized as a leading force int he disability advocacy community, challenging stereotypes, protecting civil rights and championing social reform.