Speak United Blog


Though United Way is a leader within the nonprofit sector, when it comes to our work in community, we’re happy to ride shotgun and let residents take the reigns. Where they lead us, we follow, offering support and guidance to tackle the problems they prioritize. We take this approach, because, too often,… Read more »

Connecting Problems to Problem Solvers – South Suburban PADS and Chicago Area Drywall Finishers

One of United Way’s greatest strengths is our unique ability to connect passionate people to issues in communities that need solving. Because our partnerships reach across businesses, labor unions, individuals, nonprofit agencies and community groups, we can make connections that improve lives and neighborhoods. Recently, we learned that South Suburban PADS,… Read more »

Meet Gary Cueno

We appreciate all of our donors, board and committee members, loaned executives, affinity group participants and those who volunteer and help in so many ways. These selfless individuals play a vital role in our ability to make lives better and improve neighborhoods in the Greater Chicago region, but some go the… Read more »


Earlier this week, nearly 50 leaders from the Marshall Square Resource Network learned how to create a greater culture of care in the Little Village community. Through a training on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the group of social service providers, government officials and community members discovered how to better understand the lifelong… Read more »

Tell your Senators: DON’T Repeal the ACA Without Replacement

As part of a nationwide “Senate Call-in Day” led by United Way Worldwide, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is urging Illinois residents to call their Senators and ask that healthcare coverage for all Americans be protected on Monday, January 23. The Affordable Care Act not only provides affordable and accessible… Read more »

Inside Chicago’s Neighborhoods with Andrea Zopp

On Tuesday, members of our United Way of Metro Chicago's Tocqueville Society were invited to a breakfast with Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp to discuss the challenges and assets in Chicago’s neighborhoods. “The single biggest challenge facing our neighborhoods is gun violence,” Deputy Mayor Zopp said. “We have to interrupt the violence and deal with… Read more »


Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I graduated from college in 2015 and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was working two jobs to gain more work experience and to pay my student loans off. I knew that I didn’t… Read more »

400 Families Receive Holiday Gifts

We are sharing our deepest gratitude this holiday season for every individual and company who participated in our annual holiday gift drive. Because of the generous support of our friends this season, we were able to provide 400 families with gifts this year!Our Adopt-a-Family program supports families in need in Brighton Park,… Read more »

Meet Our AmeriCorps Members – Luz Delia Sanchez

Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to AmeriCorps because it’s an organization that makes a difference. It provides me the opportunity to continue to assist individuals, work within my community and continue making a difference. When I applied to AmeriCorps to be a member I was considering… Read more »