Speak United Blog

CALL TO END VIOLENCE HEARD LOUD IN LITTLE VILLAGE

Despite a rainy Friday, a line of demonstrators snaked its way along California Avenue in Little Village, chanting “no more violence” and “no mas violencia.” Joining the 4th Annual Peace March, residents and friends of Marshall Square, a community on the east side of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, assembled to march against… Read more »

ACCESSING QUALITY CAREERS THROUGH TRADES

A study from Voices for Illinois Children found that 20 percent of Illinois workers are employed in minimum wage jobs, which currently pay $8.25 an hour. For many Illinoisans, that makes supporting a family arduous, if not impossible.But all hope isn’t lost. In 2017, the union construction trades in the Chicago metropolitan… Read more »

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY AT AUBURN GRESHAM’S RENAISSANCE FEST

Despite proximity, it can be difficult for us to connect with our friends and neighbors. That’s why residents of Chicago’s south side neighborhood of Auburn Gresham came together to celebrate their community and each other at the 79th Street Renaissance Festival. Thirteen years ago, Carlos Nelson, community organizer and activist, hosted the… Read more »

United Way of Metro Chicago Welcomes Maya Hardy as Chief Professional Officer for the South-Southwest Suburban Region

United Way of Metro Chicago is pleased to announce the appointment of Maya Hardy as the Chief Professional Officer for the South-Southwest Suburban Regional office. As Chief Professional Officer, Hardy is responsible for leading the implementation of United Way of Metro Chicago’s strategic priorities within the south-southwest suburban region, overseeing community… Read more »

Meet Our Americorps Members: Priya Uppuluri

Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to be an AmeriCorps member because I heard about AmeriCorps through friends and I appreciated the focus on public service. In the past, I have had internships related directly to public service in Chicago and other places in the… Read more »

Meet Our Americorps Members: Brenda Armendariz

Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to be an AmeriCorps member because I wanted to make a positive change in the immigrant community. As an immigrant myself, I felt the need to help as much as I could. When I applied to be an AmeriCorps… Read more »

ITW Takes Action

July 14 marked the 4th Annual ITW Day of Action. More than 200 ITW employees volunteered at the ITW David Speer Academy in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side. Volunteers ran outdoor soccer, football, softball and relay race stations for 150 young summer campers--practicing technique and executing drills. … Read more »

Meet Our Americorps Members: Virnette Adams

What were you doing prior to the AmeriCorps Program? Prior to AmeriCorps, I was enrolled in undergrad at Columbia College Chicago as an International Arts Management major. I also taught web marketing and entrepreneurship in the context of the needs and priorities of young people as a youth consultant. … Read more »

Meet Our Americorps Members: Angelita Ruiz

Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to be an AmeriCorps member because I had to take a year off from school. Last year I was uncertain about my career path and I saw the AmeriCorps Program as a good way to be productive with my… Read more »