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05.15.24

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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04.26.24

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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02.11.24

"The Weekly Show" Community Affairs with 2-1-1

2-1-1 and United Way of Metro Chicago staff sat down with Paulina Roe of iHeart Radio to discuss the one-year anniversary of 211 Metro Chicago - and its impact.

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10.17.17

Shout Out: Eric Cadet, Graduating Senior and Aspiring Entrepreneur

Eric Cadet, 18, is a senior at Evanston Township High School. He is part of the Stay in School Initiative, a nonprofit program from United Way of Metro Chicago, Exelon and ComEd. The program provides students around the Chicago area with mentors, tutoring, resume and networking help and interview preparation, among other skills. (Chicago Tribune)

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08.09.17

Nonprofits Wait for State Money, Remain Wary of Future Funding: 'We can't just flip a switch'

Earlier this year, social service provider CJE Senior Life laid off nearly 90 people and shuttered a program aimed at helping some seniors preserve their independence – all due to the state not having a budget to disburse funding. (Chicago Tribune)

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07.27.17

The Hustle is on to Insure Chicagoans

Community groups are scrambling to figure out how to connect Chicagoans with health insurance in the wake of the Trump administration no longer funding outreach efforts in 18 cities, including Chicago. The federal money was used to help enroll people into plans sold on the Obamacare public health insurance exchanges, and to usher the uninsured into the expanded Medicaid program in Illinois. (Crain's)

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07.20.17

Trump Administration Pulls Health Law Help in 18 cities, Including Chicago, Orlando

President Donald Trump’s administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage. (Chicago Tribune)

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11.03.16

Stay in School Initiative Engages Students

The National Museum of Mexican Art was filled with concerned students this past Saturday to address the growing violence in their communities. Exelon’s Stay in School Initiative met at NMMA to discuss social justice and personal accountability, as part of the initiative’s mission to keep students engaged and in the classroom. (Lawndale News)

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10.06.16

An Energy Company's Strategy to Keep Chicago Students in School

We recently posed the question: “Will Exelon’s Funding Move Away from Chicago with This Leadership Change?” after the energy company hired a new philanthropy executive who will be based in Washington, D.C. Local nonprofits may have been a bit worried at first, but Exelon has emphasized that its philanthropic approach in the city and state would not be changing. (Inside Philanthropy)

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09.29.16

Stay in School Initiative Helps Improve Graduation Rates at CPS Schools

Eleven years after the Stay in School Initiative was created by Exelon, ComEd and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago to fight the high dropout and truancy rates in various Chicago Public Schools, Stay in School and its six community partners have served over 25,000 students ages 11 and up. (Lawndale News)

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