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A Warm Welcome to Women United!

United Way of Metro Chicago’s Women’s Leadership Council is making a bold change... Welcome, Women United!United Way of Metro Chicago’s Women United will join a network of more than 70,000 female leaders in more than 165 communities across six countries. This transition will enable the members of United Way’s Women United to… Read more »

Attorneys Go Above and Beyond to Aid Abuse Survivors

In the weeks following her 2014 kidnapping and brutal assault, Venesa Brakes was ill, homebound and rife with questions about how to move forward. Venesa, a South Side native, laid in bed calling local service providers, awaiting a connection to legal aid workers who would help her navigate the grueling, complex journey… Read more »

Celebration 2018 Recap

Big challenges face the city we love, and tackling them is not always easy. But we know we’re not in this fight alone. We’re lucky to be surrounded by hardworking volunteers, generous corporate partners and phenomenal social service agencies that understand the urgent need and are invested in the work.That’s why we… Read more »

April Food Day 2018 Recap

661,630 people in Cook County are food insecure. That’s 12.6% of the population – 23% of whom do not qualify for Food Stamps. For our neighbors in Will County the numbers may be slightly lower – with a food insecurity rate of 7.7% – but a staggering 39% of those individuals do… Read more »

Local Therapy Class Helps Both Mothers and Babies Thrive

“She’s doing it! She’s doing it!” exclaimed Nicole Zwiercan with a delighted grin on her face. Next to Nicole lay her 8-month old daughter, Ashlynn, holding her chest and head up to see her proud mother.For every mom, witnessing a milestone in her child’s development is cause for celebration.However, these advances are… Read more »

South Chicago Teachers Put Community First

On a sun-drenched May morning, murmurs from behind closed doors echoed down the muraled hallways of Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School in South Chicago. Sitting in a quiet neighborhood below the Chicago Skyway, the school educates around 250 students in kindergarten through eighth grades.Within its brick walls, a robust sense of… Read more »

Little Village Residents Take Steps to Shed Childhood Obesity

On a frigid January morning, residents of Marshall Square, an enclave of Southwest Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, set out on a mission to improve their community’s health.With clipboards in hand, the volunteers, led by United Way of Metro Chicago’s community partner Marshall Square Resource Network, were trained to assess the walkability of… Read more »