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United Way Report Finds More Than One Third of Cook County Residents Struggle to Afford Basic Cost of Living

A United Way report finds more than one third of Cook County residents struggle to afford basic cost of living. Data from 2022 shows Illinois households continue to face financial challenges post-pandemic.

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Summit Neighborhood Network Launches

United Way of Metro Chicago, in partnership with Cook County, has announced the expansion of its Neighborhood Network Initiative in suburban Summit, IL. Over the next three years, the Neighborhood Network coalition will develop and implement a vision to improve the quality of life for residents that have faced systemic disinvestment in their community.

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Supporting United Way's April Food Day with Chicago area high schools

CBS 2 partnered with local high schools to support the United Way's April Food Day. Donations were collected for local food pantries to promote food security in the hope of building a stronger, more equitable Chicago region.

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Amplían acceso a recursos de comida para residentes de Chicago y el condado de Cook

211 Metro Chicago se asocia con Vivery para que residentes de Chicago y del condado de Cook puedan tener información más eficiente y accesible a los más de 900 programas alimentarios en el área.

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211 Metro Chicago Partners with Vivery

211 Metro Chicago, the free, 24/7/365 helpline that connects Cook County residents in need of assistance with essential health and social services support, has integrated Vivery technology into its system to provide more efficient access to food resources.

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Sean Garrett Named to Crain's Who's Who 2024

United Way of Metro Chicago President and CEO Sean Garrett is honored to be among the esteemed leaders featured in Crain's Who's Who in Chicago Business 2024.

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24/7 hotline 211 Metro partners with food bank network

Help line 211 Metro Chicago, hoping to streamline its health and social services, is using an online tool to help fight food insecurity.

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Letter to the Editor: This is why Chicago still needs United Way

Almost six years ago, Crain's Chicago Business published an article asking, "Does the world still need United Way?" Crain's was right that United Way needed to evolve. Five years later, under the leadership of President and CEO Sean Garrett, the new United Way of Metro Chicago has an entirely new model and is making a tangible impact across the region.

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Volunteers join forces with United Way, food bank to distribute meal boxes to those in need in Elgin area

It’s going to be a rough holiday for some, and Pult was among about 20 volunteers from BlueCross BlueShield who tried to make things a little better by passing out food boxes and small gift bags at Elgin Community College made available by the United Way of Metro Chicago and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

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'Uniting for the Holidays' meal giveaway spreads holiday joy in Robbins

A meal giveaway in south suburban Robbins Friday spread joy for the holidays.

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Make A Difference This Giving Tuesday With BMO & United Way

It’s Giving Tuesday, the world’s largest day of generosity. If you’re looking for a way to give back, here’s your chance.

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5 ways to celebrate Giving Tuesday in the Chicago area

Giving Tuesday is an annual event that occurs on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, encouraging people around the world to contribute to charity.

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BMO and United Way partner up to support West Side students for Giving Tuesday

Hundreds of BMO employees gave their time and energy on Giving Tuesday, packing thousands of snack bags that will be distributed to school kids on Chicago's West Side.

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