This holiday season, join United Way of Metro Chicago in our recovery effort and make a difference in the lives of families in need when you give back to give a hand up. United Way, in partnership with local community organizations, has created Uniting for the Holidays, a festive, “drive-through” event taking place in six suburban locations from mid-November to mid-December. Your support will help ensure thousands of families across the region receive a meal and gifts that will brighten their holiday.

Meeting our neighbors’ most basic needs, such as food security, is a key part of United Way’s approach to regional recovery and your generous support makes this possible. YOU can make a difference this holiday season!


6 Locations – One Great Cause

Thanksgiving Dinner
DES PLAINES
Wednesday, November 18

Thanksgiving Dinner
PALATINE
Thursday, November 19

December Holiday Meal
Chicago Heights/Ford Heights
Thursday, December 10

December Holiday Meal
BLUE ISLAND/ROBBINS
Friday, December 11

December Holiday Meal
ELGIN
Tuesday, December 15

December Holiday Meal
WEST CHICAGO
Wednesday, December 16


Many thanks to our community partners for your support in providing a brighter holiday for our neighbors across the region.

Beloved Wellness

Blue Cap

Catholic Charities: Des Plaines

Cornerstone Community Development Corporation

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Partners for Our Communities (POC)

Respond Now

Top Box Foods

WeGo Together for Kids

Uniting for the Holidays events are not open to public. If you are a community member in need of support, please visit our Neighborhood Services page to find local resources and services.


Event Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors who make this event possible. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please download and complete the event sponsorship form.

Regional Presenting Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Participating Sponsors

Community Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors


Donate to Uniting for the Holidays

Thank you for your donation. To become an event sponsor, please download and complete the event sponsorship form.
For more ways to make a donation click here.


To make a donation by stock, wire transfer or other assets, please contact Mary Pat Rooney at marypat.rooney@LIVEUNITEDchicago.org or 312.906.2238

To pay by check, please note “Uniting for the Holidays” on the check and make checks payable to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Please mail by US Postal Service to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago I 231196 Momentum Place I Chicago, IL 60689.

If shipping by UPS, FedEx, or messenger service, please send to United Way of Metro Chicago I Fifth Third Wholesale Lockbox I Lockbox #231196 I 4900 W 95th Street I Oak Lawn, IL 60453

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