Responsible Business Leaders

Southland Neighborhood Networks Launch

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Responsible Business Leaders: Apply by 9/29

Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) while growing personally and professionally through our fall 2023 Responsible Business Leaders’ four-session program, offered in partnership with United Way of Metro Chicago and the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise & Responsibility at Loyola University Chicago.

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"Transforming Places" in the South Suburbs

In partnership with Cook County, and with support from the Nicor Gas Foundation, Neighborhood Networks are launching in Ford Heights / Chicago Heights, Harvey, and Park Forest / Richton Park. Investment in the existing Blue Island / Robbins Neighborhood Network is also increasing.

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We’ve Moved!

United Way of Metro Chicago’s office has moved! We’re now located in the Merchandise Mart. Please update our address in your records: 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 633, Chicago, IL 60654.

2-1-1 Now Available for All Cook County

211 Metro Chicago—a free resource connecting individuals in need of assistance with essential health and social services support—is now available via phone, text, web chat and database search 24/7 for all Cook County residents.

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Moving Forward Together to Build a Stronger Chicago Region

The last year proved to be more difficult than we could have ever imagined. However, through it all, our community, business, civic, and philanthropic partners, along with our neighbors and donors, stepped forward to face the unknown with us. Together, we helped to feed and house families, provide financial assistance to pay their bills, connect students to broadband Internet and provide critical health services like COVID-19 testing. We have helped the Chicago region get through some of its darkest days. But the work is not done.

United, we will build a stronger, more equitable Chicago region.

Regional Recovery

What we learned over the course of the pandemic has underscored what we learned over the last seven years: holistic, place-based approaches work. Alongside our Neighborhood Network strategies, we will meet the basic needs of individuals and families and improve the systems that serve them to build back a stronger and more equitable region. Learn More

Neighborhood Networks

United Way has been working for several years on what we believe is the solution to helping neighborhoods transform from the inside out—our Neighborhood Network Initiative. We have known for a while that zip code determines destiny. The key to changing this is to disrupt the effects of racism by creating more equitable opportunities for Black and Brown communities that in turn create better outcomes regardless of neighborhood, race, gender, or any other demographic. Learn More


At our core, United Way is a connector and convener. We believe that lasting change occurs when we partner together and work toward a common goal. That’s why we’ve teamed up with state, regional and local partners to turn ideas into action. Through these strategic partnerships, we’re able to make tangible progress toward building a stronger, more equitable Chicago region for all our neighbors. Learn More

United Neighborhoods Equity Fund

United Way of Metro Chicago, with the support of founding sponsor Peoples Gas, launched the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund (UNEF) to support small, Black and brown-led nonprofits predominantly located in the city’s south and west sides and south suburban region, and connect them to new capacity building and investment opportunities. Learn More

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Corporate Partners

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Corporate partners support our work to build back better

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Neighborhood Networks

Work alongside community coalitions


Neighborhood Networks help identify community priorities to transform neighborhoods

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Agency Partners

Meet our neighbors’ basic needs.


Agency partners provide the services and support needed across the region

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Serve our neighbors and community partners.


Volunteers gave of their time to support those in need in fiscal year 2020.

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

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Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of 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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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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Northern Trust Corporation is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset...

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

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

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Costco Wholesale Corporation is an American multinational corporation which operates a chain of...

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

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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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PNC Bank offers a wide range of personal banking services including checking and savings accounts,...

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

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

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

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CIBC U.S. provides tailored commercial, wealth management, personal, and small business financial...

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Kellogg's is a Fortune 500 multinational food manufacturing company.

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Caterpillar Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of construction equipment.

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Ford Motor Company is multinational automobile and commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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Raymond James and Associates is an multinational independent investment bank and financial services...

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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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