Speak United Blog

Watch Our Education Town Hall Recording HERE!

Following the announcement of LIVE UNITED 2020, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago hosted a town hall aimed at facilitating conversations regarding the status of education in our community. This special United Way Town Hall unearthed stories of significance and success from parents, students, teachers and community leaders who created real solutions and… Read more »

United Way Town Hall: Everyday Education Heroes

Following the announcement of LIVE UNITED 2020 last month, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is hosting a town hall aimed at facilitating conversations regarding the status of education in our community. This special United Way Town Hall will unearth stories of significance and success from parents, students, teachers and community leaders who… Read more »

There are People in Need All Around Us: United Way Acts to Support

Posted on behalf of Ghida S. Neukirch, Deputy Village Manager, Village of Buffalo Grove & Northwest Suburban United Way Executive Board Member. I'm like many of you. I work full time, I have two kids, and I try to volunteer to make my community a better place to be. Although summer was wonderful,… Read more »

National Coming Out Day – Oct 11

National Coming Out day is October 11th!   There has been a lot of discussion lately about the merits of coming out.   Whether you're a celebrity or an office worker, our mental and physical health is predicated by the secrets we keep. Coming out is different for everyone.   It happens when… Read more »

The Line That Connects: OfficeMax & The Berwyn Community School Initiative

After a year of planning, United Way of DuPage/West Cook, in partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, was preparing to launch LIVE UNITED 2020, a decade long vision to transform communities of greatest need throughout our region. At the same time, the OfficeMax Foundation was gearing up to make one of… Read more »

Breaking A World Record In Early Childhood Education

I believe every child deserves the chance to succeed. Millions of children in low-income neighborhoods across the country are at risk of school failure before they even enter kindergarten. United Way is kicking off our early childhood education investments by participating in the 2011 Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign. This national effort… Read more »

The End of Fundraising

Donors Forum is pleased to launch a new opportunity for connecting grantmakers, nonprofits and advisors with each other and with national experts. The first event in the series, scheduled for October 11, features Jason Saul, founder of Mission Measurement and author of The End of Fundraising.  His latest book, based on the… Read more »

Spirit Day 10.20

In the recent news, Jamey Rodemeyer's story has been shared frequently due to the tragic nature of his death.   He was an ardent Lady Gaga fan who, as many teenagers do, began to feel out of place.   He questioned his sexuality, felt the pangs of isolation and steadied himself by… Read more »

Spin, Spinning, Spun

I have always heard that spin classes were a great way to keep in shape, stay healthy and burn off that unwanted fluff we pack on during the holidays. What I didn't know was how hard they are. I had recently joined a gym to help motivate myself to work out; I… Read more »