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LIVE UNITED 2020 Goals Achieved!

Together, we did it!Thanks to the dedication and generous support of our agency partners, corporate partners, affinity groups, Neighborhood Network coalitions, volunteers and United Way staff and team members, we exceeded our LIVE UNITED 2020 goals-- four years early!You--our friends and supporters-- have been a lifeline, a path forward and the anchor… Read more »


Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to be an AmeriCorps member because its vision and mission strengthens communities and develop leaders. AmeriCorps propelled me to be a change agent for my community. Prior to AmeriCorps and working with the Marshall Square Resource Network, I worked in… Read more »

Meet Our Americorps Members – Jacquelyn Conard

Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to be an AmeriCorps Member to have an opportunity to work in the Austin Community to help make a difference. What Neighborhood Network are you placed with? My Neighborhood Network is Austin working with lead partner Austin Coming Together.… Read more »

Spotlight on Financial Stability

In Illinois, access to sustainable income and socioeconomic resources are critical to the advancement of low and moderate income households. Across the State, 1.2 million people are living below the poverty line and “38% of Illinois households live in asset poverty." In the city of Chicago, neighborhood poverty… Read more »

What’s a Neighborhood Network?

The team at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago had an idea. They already knew that the people best equipped and most dedicated to creating positive change in their communities were the members of the community themselves. They saw that in Chicago, nonprofit organizations and human service providers were already working to… Read more »


Though United Way is a leader within the nonprofit sector, when it comes to our work in community, we’re happy to ride shotgun and let residents take the reigns. Where they lead us, we follow, offering support and guidance to tackle the problems they prioritize. We take this approach, because, too often,… Read more »

Connecting Problems to Problem Solvers – South Suburban PADS and Chicago Area Drywall Finishers

One of United Way’s greatest strengths is our unique ability to connect passionate people to issues in communities that need solving. Because our partnerships reach across businesses, labor unions, individuals, nonprofit agencies and community groups, we can make connections that improve lives and neighborhoods. Recently, we learned that South Suburban PADS,… Read more »