One year ago, our lives dramatically changed when COVID-19 was first reported in the Chicago area. We’ve lost loved ones and friends who were taken too soon. We’ve missed celebrations of life and love, and we’ve dealt with great stress. For many in our region, the coronavirus pandemic has also disrupted our jobs, education, budgets, and access to healthcare.
But even before the COVID-19 pandemic, a United Way of Illinois ALICE report indicated that 1 in 3 households in the Chicago region were unable to afford basic necessities or handle an unexpected expense. According to a report by the Urban Institute, an estimated 67% of Black households and 71% of Latinx households did not have enough savings to live above the poverty level for three months.
The ongoing inequities and challenges are real, and now is the time to stay United to help our neighbors. Learn more about United Way’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, read stories of individuals who have received critical support over the past year, and make your gift today to ensure nonprofit organizations on the front line can continue to meet our neighbors’ basic needs.
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Through it all, United Way has harnessed the region’s generosity to provide relief to nonprofits, workers, and families. Just days before the state shutdown was issued last March, United Way of Metro Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund. More than 6,000 donors raised $35 million to support organizations on the front lines of the pandemic. Each and every investment helped provide food, rental assistance, and other critical resources to help our neighbors weather this difficult time.
Thank you for your generous support.
Vaccine distribution keeps us hopeful, but the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t left us as quickly as we’d wished. And the challenges the pandemic exacerbated, like homelessness and hunger, are still top priority.
We face many hurdles as we work to reverse the economic impact of the pandemic, but with your support, we can move the Chicago region from pandemic response to recovery. Your donation will help United Way deliver critical resources to nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the crisis so that our neighbors can easily access food, housing, and healthcare.
Donations to United Way impact youth, workers, families, and entire neighborhoods. Read how your gift—no matter how big or small—will make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.