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International Women’s Day 2018

This International Women’s Day, we at United Way are celebrating the heroic sacrifices of the brave women before us – women who spent their lives paving a path towards gender parity.Over the last century, we’ve seen women become elected officials, sports icons and astronauts. Women now have a higher college admission rate… Read more »


The scope of domestic violence is vast and often hidden behind closed doors, leaving victims feeling trapped with nowhere to turn.  But for Megan*, enough was enough.In a phone call with Family Shelter Service’s 24-hour hotline, Megan courageously shared her story with a counselor who was able to coach her on the… Read more »


At the close of his high-school career, Jeramie McGill was at a crossroads in his life.  Like many graduating students, he couldn’t decide what he wanted to do with his future. “When I graduated, I had no direction,” Jeramie, an Austin resident, said.With the encouragement of a youth mentor at St. Joseph… 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 »


Mentoring, at its core, provides a young person with an adult figure who is invested in their future. It’s someone who’s in their corner that they can look up to and help them navigate their day-to-day challenges. For Justin, a shy high school freshman enrolled in the Stay In School initiative  having… 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!

At United Way of Metro Chicago, LIVE UNITED is more than a slogan.  Our dedicated employees are not only excited to contribute their time and talents to our organization, they’re deeply passionate about our work to build a stronger Chicago region, neighborhood by neighborhood.“I support our United Way because I’ve lived in… Read more »


Many residents of Auburn Gresham, a neighborhood of 35,000 located on Chicago’s South Side, face great academic and financial challenges. Nearly half of children ages 0 to 5 live in poverty, and 80 percent of children in primary grades are not reading at their grade level.Though these statistics are staggering, local stakeholders… 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 »