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YLS Member Spotlight: Zach Walters

Why did you join YLS, and what is your current role? I joined YLS to become more active in my community, through volunteering and helping those in need. I felt that it was important to have a balance in my life of helping myself succeed, and helping others succeed. I work to get… Read more »

North Shore United Way Celebrates New Education Programs with Live Music

Congratulations to Handsome Dave & the Ravens, whose blues-inspired rock captured the “Judges' Choice” award at the North Shore United Way's Battle of the Bands on September 20th at SPACE in Evanston. More than 125 audience members were treated to sounds ranging from the Creole-style dance music of Sweet Potato Zydeco Band to… Read more »

Meet the Press Guests are Singing our Song!

On Meet the Press yesterday, Donna Shalala (former Columbia professor, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and current President of the University of Miami) and Tim Shriver (President of Special Olympics) spoke about the need for a holistic approach to resolving our education crisis. Ms. Shalala underscored the importance of parental involvement… Read more »

High Ladders & Sharp Shovels – KPMG’s Day of Caring

Over 300 KPMG volunteers flooded through the doors of Phoebe Hearst Middle School on Chicago's Southwest side on Friday, September 9th. The steady and seemingly never-ending slew of volunteers flowed through the side door of the building into the gymnasium where they were met with their detailed instructions for the day. In… Read more »

Game Changing Initiative: LIVE UNITED 2020

When the topic turns to soaring, inspirational rhetoric from the world of technology, most people would prefer to hear from Apple's Steve Jobs than Microsoft's Bill Gates. Of course, that is less a knock on Gates and more a tribute to Apple's iconic leader. Gates, who in the last decade has become perhaps… Read more »

Coming Together for Community Schools

There are some days you wake up and are proud and thankful for where you work. The day we found out OfficeMax had chosen to partner with United Way on a community school grant was one of those days. I have had the pleasure of working with OfficeMax on their philanthropic initiatives for… Read more »

Handsome Dave & the Ravens\’ Mike Szymanski Talks Drums, Music and Education

On Tuesday, September 20, the North Shore United Way will host the Battle of the Bands at Evanston SPACE to celebrate new education initiatives on the North Shore. The event will feature five North Shore music groups, with sounds ranging from modern rock to Creole-style dance music. Performing live, The Basement Band, Dexter,… Read more »

Handsome Dave & the Ravens’ Mike Szymanski Talks Drums, Music and Education

On Tuesday, September 20, the North Shore United Way will host the Battle of the Bands at Evanston SPACE to celebrate new education initiatives on the North Shore. The event will feature five North Shore music groups, with sounds ranging from modern rock to Creole-style dance music. Performing live, The Basement Band, Dexter,… Read more »