Speak United Blog

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 »

Top 10 Reasons Why to Give to United Way on #GivingTuesday

For the retail community Black Friday and Cyber Monday kicks off the holiday shopping season but #GivingTuesday marks the beginning off the charitable season. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy and has become a time when non profits can connect… Read more »

Evanston Day of Caring: Volunteers Uniting for Change

A gray sky and monsoon like conditions didn’t break the spirits of the 68 volunteers who were ready to take part in United Way of Metro Chicago’s Evanston Day of Caring.Evanston Day of Caring is a volunteer based community event designed to further United Ways support of Evanston, a community that is… Read more »

Meet Our AmeriCorps Members: Briana Janeé Shields

 Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to be an Americorps Member because I wanted to make a difference in my community, the Austin Community.  What neighborhood network are you placed with? Austin  What is your role as an AmeriCorps Member? I am serving at Austin Coming Together as their Communications Associate and Graphic… Read more »

The ACA is Still Here!

Regardless of what you’ve heard amidst all the political turmoil and misinformation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still here and open enrollment begins on November 1st and ends December 15th.  This is what you need to know about the ACA!The ACA impacts everyone.No matter where you get your health insurance, this… Read more »

Principal Appreciation Week: Dr. Monica Spence

If you want to learn about a community, look at its schools. Who attends them? What’s being taught? Where are they struggling and succeeding? A principal plays a crucial role as the leader of a school. They create the culture in them and steer the institution down a path of achievement or… Read more »

A Call to end Domestic Violence Heard Loud In Little Village

Despite a rainy Friday, a line of demonstrators snaked its way along California Avenue as people chanted “no more violence” in English and Spanish.  For the 4th Annual Peace March in Little Village’s Marshall Square neighborhood community members assembled at Hammond Elementary School to march against domestic violence, which kills on average… Read more »

Access United: Creating Opportunities and Changing Lives

For many Illinois residents, attaining a job that can support a household is out of reach.  A study from Voices for Illinois Children says twenty percent of Illinois workers are employed in minimum wage jobs, which currently pay $8.25 an hour.  In 2017, the union construction trades in the Chicago metropolitan area… Read more »