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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women's Day. For more than a century, women and men of all races and ethnicities have come together to celebrate the achievements and progress towards gender equality. We celebrate the heroic sacrifices of brave women before us - women who spent their lives paving a path towards gender parity.… Read more »

A Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence

 The scope of domestic violence is vast and many times hidden behind closed doors leaving victims feeling trapped with nowhere to turn.  But for Megan,* enough was enough. She courageously began planning how she and her children would escape from her abuser months in advance. It all started with a phone call… Read more »

Cultivating a Culture of Mentorship in Austin

At the age of 16, Austin resident Jeramie McGill was at a crossroads in his life.  Like many high school students, he was trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his future.  It was his involvement in a youth mentoring sports program provided by St. Joseph Services (SJS), a… Read more »

United Way Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month symbolizes triumph over adversity.  It’s a celebration of the heroic contributions of African American leaders who have paved a road towards racial equality.  But Black History Month doesn’t just honor leaders of the past.  It also celebrates the significant, meaningful and impactful ways the entire black community has affected… Read more »

Explore Your Neighborhood: The Hidden Gems of Museum Week

It's Museum Week in Chicago, a time to celebrate the rich art and cultures that make up the fabric of our beautiful city. The museums that are participating in this year's event have a wealth of exciting exhibits and interactive experiences to share. However, there are dozens of hidden gems within our… Read more »

A Focus on Mental Health This Holiday Season

For some the holidays are a fun and festive time spent connecting with family and friends. While, for others it can be one of the most difficult times of the year filled with stress, anxiety, and depression. High expectations of providing the perfect holiday experience for loved ones mixed with the busyness… Read more »

Here’s What Inspires Us to LIVE UNITED!

Here at United Way of Metro Chicago, LIVE UNITED is more than a slogan to us.  We are passionate about our work and as part of that we come together to not just contribute our time and talent, but to use our treasure to support our mission. Our 2017 United Way Internal… Read more »

Auburn Gresham Gold Schools: A Community Driven Education Initiative

In Auburn Gresham, a neighborhood located on Chicago’s South Side, residents in the community face challenges in education and social services. 80% of children in primary grades are not at reading level and nearly half of them ages 0 to 5 live in poverty. These statistics are staggering however the community is… Read more »