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Get to Know Our CEO: Q&A with Sean Garrett

United Way of Metro Chicago’s Senior Manager of Communications sat down with our new CEO and President, Sean Garrett, to learn more about his passion for our work, vision for our organization and what he loves about Chicago.Kiara Goodwin (KG): Sean – Welcome to Chicago! Or should I say, welcome back.Sean Garrett… Read more »

It Takes a Village: How One Center’s Network is Helping Entire Families Thrive

When her daughter Pearl was seven-months-old, Shyera Gaston set out on a search for a daycare service in her neighborhood. Shyera had recently decided to continue her education to support her growing family.Hoping to heal others with her hands, Shyera, who was 22 at the time, excitedly enrolled in school to study… Read more »

Housing: The Foundation for Student Success

In the winter months of 2016, Claudia Gonzalez*, a mother of three living in Brighton Park, unexpectedly lost her job. Though she aggressively searched for alternative employment, she couldn’t keep up with rent payments for her apartment.The sole provider for her family, Claudia needed some outside support to keep a roof over… Read more »

South Chicago Students Splurge at Back-To-School Shopping Spree

For many families in the Chicago region, the annual ritual of back-to-school shopping can put their wallets in a pinch. The cost of school supplies, clothing and backpacks adds up quickly, especially for families with multiple children.To ease the financial burden and prepare students for their first day, United Way of Metro… Read more »

Young Moms Head Back to School With Support from Association House

As schools across the Chicago region get ready to re-open their doors, many students are packing up their bookbags and choosing their First Day outfits. At Association House High School in Humboldt Park, some students are not only getting themselves ready to go back to school, but their children, too. The high school,… Read more »