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Neighborhood Network Partners Paint the Cook Elementary Health Center

Last Friday, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago volunteers, University of Chicago students, University of Illinois Chicago Medicine and the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) came together to paint a new school-based health center at Cook Elementary. Cook Elementary, a Chicago public school, is situated in the middle of Auburn-Gresham, a community… Read more »

Capacity Building in the South-Southwest Suburbs

In late July, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago hosted its first-ever Capacity Building Workshop for its South-Southwest partner agencies. Close to 100 participants attended targeted lectures and workshops to hone their grant-writing skills, to discuss how best to collect data for their programs, to develop their leadership strategies, to deepen their advocacy… Read more »


 On a hot July day, leaders of Claretian Associates, a housing agency serving South Chicago, took a stroll around the neighborhood, taking in the success they and their community partners have sowed over the years. In a region that receives limited city investment and experiences high rates of unemployment and violence, community… Read more »

BMO Financial Group Employees Raise the Bar for Giving

BMO cares about the communities it serves. That’s evident not just by their more than $4 million in support—with over $3 million from employee donations—for United Way’s work, but by the volunteer hours (more than 2,100) contributed by their employees and by BMO Harris Bank’s investment in United Way’s Neighborhood Network Initiative.… Read more »

Welcome to the new LIVEUNITEDchicago.org!

Our brand-new website has been redesigned from the ground up featuring a full-width design, dynamic content, improved performance, retina display support site-wide and streamlined navigation. All of this was done to make it easier for you to get informed, get connected and get involved. And we hope that you will. Read more »