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Are You Ready for Some Football?

It's that time again- time to put on your favorite jersey, dust off the old pig skin and paint your face in your favorite team's colors- it's time for FOOTBALL! To celebrate this wonderful time of year, the NFL and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago are teaming up again for Back to… Read more »

WLC ‘Defining Moments’ Panel

Defining Moments: Triumphing Through Adversity The Northwest Suburban United Way Women's Leadership Council is proud to present an afternoon of discussion with local women who have triumphed through adversity. The networking  luncheon, taking place September 22, features a panel of the following leaders in our community. Lori Parker: President of American Steelworks - Lori… Read more »

Back to School – Make An Impact in Education

No stranger to door-to-door campaigning, Mayor Emanuel spent Tuesday with CPS CEO Jean- Claude Brizard knocking on doors in Auburn — Gresham to remind families that Monday is the first day of school. As reported in this Huffington Post article, Emanuel and Brizard's efforts are part of a CPS back to school… Read more »

A Return to Healthy Eating

Growing up in a world of fast-food and over-indulgence can make healthy, organic eating seem somewhat daunting and uninteresting. With obesity rates skyrocketing across the nation, many are wondering what can be done to change the next generation's attitudes about food and what they consume. In Chicago, Fooditude is working to do just… Read more »

Bank On Chicago

To many, a bank account is a formality; something required for direct deposit or paying bills. However, for individuals with little cash flow, such an account seems like a hassle, even unnecessary. The truth is bank accounts not only save users money, they allow them to build for the future. To help… Read more »

YLS Chair Kelly O’Brien on Comcast Newsmakers

On behalf of YLS, we're so excited to share this Comcast Newsmakers interview with our former YLS Executive Chair, Kelly O'Brien. Kelly talks about the ways we give, advocate and volunteer and what we're all about and the impact young professionals can make on our community. Did you like the clip? Do you… Read more »

A Mid-Week Snack with Roti

Summertime in Chicago usually includes music, festivals, basking in the sun, and of course, tons of food. By now, your body may be in need of a break from all of the greasy, cheesy foods of summer and we've got just that! As part of GO DO GOOD Chicago and United Way's… Read more »

Give an Hour. Give a Saturday. Give Your Best.

Jessica is nine; she likes butterflies and the color purple. She dreams of traveling the world and being a singer. She is part of a single-parent family, and there is never a dull moment with her four-year old brother and her mother's full-time job as an elderly care-giver. I am her mentor. I… Read more »

What it Takes to Restore a City

What does it take to save a failing neighborhood? A question with no definitive answer, it's being echoed throughout the Chicago area with urgency. With crime rates skyrocketing, home foreclosures booming and record-setting population loss, community activists are left wondering how to save their city. A recent article in RedEye, 'Englewood: Serious Business'… Read more »

The Diet Soda Myth

Like many individuals, I often succumb to the 2pm energy loss by consuming a diet soda, hoping the caffeine will give me a boost to get through the workday. I have always had the suspicion that this is really not a healthy alternative to a regular soda or a sugary coffee drink,… Read more »