Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund launched to support local nonprofit organizations serving our region’s most vulnerable neighbors.

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A Neighborhood Network Approach

The Neighborhood Network Initiative is United Way’s collaborative, community-led approach to neighborhood change that begins with the residents’ vision and requires an aligned focus on affordable housing, cradle-to-career education, family wrap-around, economic development and business ownership, and arts and culture.

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Welcome Barrington Area Neighbors

Barrington Area United Way has recently merged with United Way of Metro Chicago, providing increased capacity and resources for Barrington and the surrounding communities. Visit our Stories page to learn more about the impact of United Way as we work to build back a stronger, more equitable Chicago region.

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Chicago Connected

Chicago Connected was created to ensure students are equipped to participate in remote learning and increase their digital literacy. United Way is proud to partner with Mayor Lightfoot, CPS, and others to provide households with high-speed internet for four years

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United for ALICE

United for ALICE—Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed—is a grassroots movement that brings together United Ways, foundations, academic institutions, corporations, and other state organizations to present data that can help inform strategies for positive community change.


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Zip Code Should Not Determine A Person's Destiny

United Way of Metro Chicago is joining forces with residents, community-based organizations, corporations and donors to accelerate community change efforts across the region. Hear from our President and CEO Sean Garrett about United Way’s vision to ensure everyone has the opportunity to thrive, no matter where they are born.


Health has the potential to impact multiple aspects of a person’s life. Yet in Chicago, residents don’t have equitable access to the systems that contribute to good health. We’re committed to improving access to quality health care by supporting organizations that help people navigate insurance options and connect them with primary care physicians, preventative programs and mental health services. Learn More


Strong communities exist when children can access quality educational opportunities. Due to inequitable systems and structures, students in low-income areas often do not receive the support they need to reach their full potential. We’re working to break the cycle by ensuring all kids have access to quality pre-K and after-school enrichment programs, home visits and physical and mental health services. Learn More

Financial Stability

Financial security is critical for people to live productive lives. Yet, too many people in our region know what it’s like to be chronically unemployed or underemployed. We lay the groundwork for economic mobility by supporting programs that connect people with living-wage jobs, affordable banking solutions and the tools for financial literacy. Learn More

Safety Net

A person’s most basic need is assurance that they are safe and that they have access to food and shelter. Yet hunger, homelessness and domestic abuse threaten the stability of many residents in our region. We’re working to stabilize individuals and families in crisis by increasing access to food, shelter, legal assistance and safety from abuse. Learn More

Our Network


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$40 million

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Create community through impactful service.


Volunteers gave of their time in fiscal year 2018

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Affinity Groups

Expand our reach through networking and fundraising.


Members raised $3.07 million in fiscal year 2018

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Corporate Partners

Galvanize your employees through community investment.


Corporate partners joined the fight in fiscal year 2018

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Agency Partners

Advance the community through neighborhood-focused strategies.

$15.4 million

Awarded to 176 partners in fiscal year 2019

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Meet Our Corporate Partners

BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America.

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KPMG is a global network of independent member firms offering audit, tax and advisory services.

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PwC is a multinational professional services network of firms committed to delivering quality in...

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Exelon is a FORTUNE 100 company that work​s in every stage of the energy​​​ business: power...

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UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized...

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Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the...

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Northern Trust Corporation is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset...

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ITW is a Fortune 200 global multi-industrial manufacturing leader.

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AT&T Inc. is a modern media company whose mission is to inspire human progress through the...

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Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, offering a full range of...

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AbbVie is a research-based global biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative,...

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EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.

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Nicor Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned...

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Peoples Gas delivers natural gas to more than 873,000 customers in the city of Chicago.

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Allstate is the nation’s largest publicly held insurer for personal lines.

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Wells Fargo & Company provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well...

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Nalco Company is the world's leading water treatment and process improvement company.

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Enterprise is the largest car rental company in the U.S.offering extensive car rental, carsharing,...

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Harris Associates L.P. is a Chicago-based investment company that manages equity strategies offered...

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Aon is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, reinsurance,...

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Baird is an employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, asset management and private equity...

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Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast...

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Fifth Third Bank, is an Ohio-chartered bank and the principal subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp, a...

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Target Corporation is the eighth-largest retailer in the United States, and is a component of the...

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Sargent & Lundy provides comprehensive services for complex power generation and power...

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