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Meet Our AmeriCorps Members – Michael A. Jackson Jr.

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is fortunate to have 12 AmeriCorps members with us for the next year. Members have been placed in each of our Neighborhood Network communities, working on the ground in neighborhoods on their bold goals for change. Each month, we will feature a Q&A with one of… Read more »

McDonald’s Invests in Local Students’ Success

McDonald’s Corporation is taking a stand on middle school support with a $50,000 investment in United Way education strategies. Students who drop out of high school show signs of struggling long beforehand. Tutoring, mentoring and after school programs for at risk middle school students help get and keep kids on track for… Read more »

CHICAGO BEARS, UNITED WAY HUDDLE UP IN SOUTH CHICAGO

For more than 40 years, United Way has teamed up with the National Football League (NFL) to drive lasting change in communities. So when El Valor, one of our community partners serving the South Chicago neighborhood, needed a hand to create an outdoor space for local youth, the NFL was eager to… Read more »

STAY IN SCHOOL INITIATIVE KICKS OFF 11th YEAR

For more than a decade, employees from Exelon and ComEd have mentored an astounding 25,000 middle- and high-school students in the Chicago region. As part of an effort to fight dropout and high truancy rates in Chicago Public Schools, employees from the two utility companies are paired with students from six United… Read more »

3rd Annual Evanston Day of Caring

THANK YOU to all who helped make the 3rd Annual Evanston Day of Caring such a great success! The energy and committment of all of our volunteers helped to make the day so rewarding – despite the rain! We had a great kick-off rally at Northwestern at the start of the… Read more »