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04.28.20

NBC Sports Chicago to Host Star-Studded COVID-19 Fundraiser, Pay Tribute to Front-line Workers

When the sports world came to a standstill last month in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Eddie Olczyk knew he couldn’t just sit back and ride out the pandemic at his home. So, he called NBC Sports Chicago senior vice president and general manager Kevin Cross and pitched the idea of the station potentially holding a telethon.

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04.10.20

The Latest On The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

United Way of Metro Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust created The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to support nonprofits serving many in need. Reset checks in with one of the leaders of the fund to hear about the latest developments.

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04.08.20

Fund Established to Help Chicagoans During Coronavirus Pandemic Announces 2nd Round of Grants to Nonprofits

Organizers of a Chicago-area fund set up in response to the coronavirus pandemic announced Wednesday it is making its second round of grants, this time handing out $5.3 million to 103 local nonprofits.

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10.26.17

Apprenticeship Programs Enjoy New Life as a Workplace Solution

Rigoberto Velazquez had a bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePaul University and a steady job at a home health agency, but wasn’t sure what he really wanted to do with his life. So he started taking classes part-time at Wilbur Wright community college, part of the City Colleges of Chicago, where he fell in love with computers. (Chicago Tribune)

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10.20.17

Obamacare Enrollment: Here's What You Need to Know

Choosing the right health insurance plan can be a cumbersome process, and this year’s political back-and-forth over Obamacare has made it seem even more confusing. (Chicago Tribune)

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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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