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Laura Thrall Steps Down as CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Laura Thrall, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC), announced today her plans to step down from this role effective December 31, 2011. Wendy DuBoe, Chief Operating Officer, has been named interim Chief Executive Officer as the UWMC Board conducts an executive search for Thrall's successor. “I thank… Read more »

New Year, New You?

Blog post submitted on behalf of Sky Opila, Communications Committee member for the United Way Young Leaders Society and Senior Account Executive at Public Communications, Inc. I would venture to guess that the most common New Year's resolution made each year centers around weight loss or exercise. In a recent New York Times  … Read more »

Ring in the New Year with United Way

For many, the beginning of a new year signifies a fresh start, a chance to improve yourself for the year to come. For me, the first of the year is a time to reflect on the last twelve months, and to challenge myself to reach further in the next twelve. My 2012… Read more »

The Holidays: A Time to Reflect on What We Can Do for Others

Blog posted on behalf of  The United Way Young Leaders Society (YLS) member, Jacki Melnyk. When I think about the holiday season, I am fortunate enough to think about family, friends, good food, wrapped presents, Christmas decorations and movies, Christmas cookies and gift exchanges, all taking place in a warm, cozy house. And… Read more »

The Power of a Mentor

  Marion Flynn, Development Manager in the North Shore United Way, understands firsthand why her city of Evanston was chosen as a United Way Partner Community. And she understands even more how big an impact people can make when they join hands to support education for young people. Here's just one story from Marion's… Read more »

Say YESS To Education

Blog post submitted on behalf of Mary Teeter, Development Manager at North Shore United Way.   “To start, I can't tell you how relieved I was to know that United Way was looking at this particular area with an interest in funding.” Erika Alcibar is a Latino and Youth Program Coordinator for Family Service:… Read more »

It Gets Better!

When I think about the holidays I think about family, mountains, the pacific coast and green for miles.   I'm from the beautiful state of Oregon.   For most people in the Midwest that means Portland.   If you've seen Portlandia, yes, it's all true even though it seems satirical and blown… Read more »

More Reasons to Give the Gift of Education This Season

Thank you to everyone who has participated in New Year. Bright Future. and given the gift of education so far. With your generosity, we are able to give local children the opportunity to succeed in 2012 through our Education Initiative. Haven't given yet? Here is another reason to give to New Year. Bright… Read more »

YLS Festivus Dreams Come True

During the first hour of the YLS Festivus Celebration on Dec. 2 at Hotel Allegro, Bernadette Sayegh-Crocco was talking with a group of eight friends about a birthday party she wanted to throw for her husband in February. She wanted the party to be extra special because Nathan will have just returned home… Read more »