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Celebration 2018 Recap

Big challenges face the city we love, and tackling them is not always easy. But we know we’re not in this fight alone. We’re lucky to be surrounded by hardworking volunteers, generous corporate partners and phenomenal social service agencies that understand the urgent need and are invested in the work.That’s why we… Read more »

April Food Day 2018 Recap

661,630 people in Cook County are food insecure. That’s 12.6% of the population – 23% of whom do not qualify for Food Stamps. For our neighbors in Will County the numbers may be slightly lower – with a food insecurity rate of 7.7% – but a staggering 39% of those individuals do… Read more »

Local Therapy Class Helps Both Mothers and Babies Thrive

“She’s doing it! She’s doing it!” exclaimed Nicole Zwiercan with a delighted grin on her face. Next to Nicole lay her 8-month old daughter, Ashlynn, holding her chest and head up to see her proud mother.For every mom, witnessing a milestone in her child’s development is cause for celebration. However, these advances… Read more »

South Chicago Teachers Put Community First

On a sun-drenched May morning, murmurs from behind closed doors echoed down the muraled hallways of Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School in South Chicago. Sitting in a quiet neighborhood below the Chicago Skyway, the school educates around 250 students in kindergarten through eighth grades.Within its brick walls, a robust sense of… Read more »

Little Village Residents Take Steps to Shed Childhood Obesity

On a frigid January morning, residents of Marshall Square, an enclave of Southwest Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, set out on a mission to improve their community’s health. With clipboards in hand, the volunteers, led by United Way of Metro Chicago’s community partner Marshall Square Resource Network, were trained to assess the walkability… Read more »

A City of Neighbors

Chicago is not only a city of neighborhoods – it’s a city of neighbors.At United Way of Metro Chicago, we’re in the business of meeting our neighbors all across the city and suburbs. We understand that people living in our communities of focus often know better than anyone else what their communities… Read more »

Make An Impact This Tax Season

The 2017 tax season is underway, and folks are hastily filing their taxes. The accompanying refund is always a welcome site for taxpayers, as the extra cash can give some people an opportunity to splurge on a nice dinner or save for an upcoming vacation. But for others, the tax return is… Read more »

The 4th Annual YLS IGNITE

The 4th annual YLS IGNITE was one of our most successful yet! This event is an opportunity for young philanthropists of the Young Leaders Society to help raise funds for a different United Way program each year, all while having a fun-filled evening. This year's event was at Savage Smyth, one… Read more »

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women's Day. For more than a century, women and men of all races and ethnicities have come together to celebrate the achievements and progress towards gender equality. We celebrate the heroic sacrifices of brave women before us - women who spent their lives paving a path towards gender parity.… Read more »

A Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence

The scope of domestic violence is vast and many times hidden behind closed doors leaving victims feeling trapped with nowhere to turn.  But for Megan,* enough was enough. She courageously began planning how she and her children would escape from her abuser months in advance. It all started with a phone call… Read more »