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Medline Donates $128,000 Worth of Hand Sanitizer to United Way of Metro Chicago Partners

Medline Industries, LP, a medical supplies manufacturer and distributor based in Northfield, Illinois, donated 60,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to United Way of Metro Chicago’s south-southwest suburban partners this past month.

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United Way's 'Uniting for the Holidays' expanding in the suburbs

Thousands of holiday dinners and gifts for children are being distributed through mid-December by the nonprofit program "Uniting for the Holidays," which expects to reach about 4,000 families this season. The program is offered by United Way of Metro Chicago, which works with local community partners to set up festive drive-through events where families are greeted by Santa and cheerful volunteers.

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United Way Expands Board of Directors With 17 Chicago Area Leaders

United Way of Metro Chicago is pleased to announce the addition of 17 new members to its board of directors. Over the past year, United Way has doubled down on its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through initiatives like the 21-Week Equity Challenge, Chicago Connected and the growth of its internal Racial Equity Committee. Expanding the board has been a key component of the DEI efforts.

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United Way of Metro Chicago announces United Neighborhoods Equity Fund

United Way of Metro Chicago today opened applications for their new United Neighborhoods Equity Fund (UNEF). UNEF aims to support small, Black and brown-led nonprofits predominantly located on the city's south and west sides and south suburban region, and connect them to new investment opportunities. Each of the 10 grantees will be awarded $50,000 of unrestricted funds over a two-year cycle to be used according to the needs of each nonprofit.

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Place Matters: How Collective Impact and Place-Based Investment Can Empower Communities to Lead

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, 77 to be exact, each with its distinct look, feel, food and people. Despite the beauty of our neighborhoods, there is a deep history of segregation, systemic racism, and disinvestment that shapes and manifests Black and brown communities’ societal issues across the city. I’ve seen what happens when you strip a community of the resources needed to prosper. I’ve also seen the impact of empowering communities to chart their own path through place-based investment.

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We Mourn the Death of Adam Toledo

United Way of Metro Chicago stands in partnership with leading voices in the Latinx community, who are asking for systems change and a commitment to substantive and sustained investments in Brown and Black communities, along with expanding education and economic opportunities for all young men of color.

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United Way Spices Up Spring Fundraising with Pastry Party

This April, United Way of Metro Chicago is putting a spin on the traditional bake sale -- its Young Leaders United (YLU) affinity group is hosting IGNITE, a virtual dessert party led by Boka Restaurant Group.

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Around the Southland: Area agencies offer a helping hand, and more

United Way of Metro Chicago, South-Southwest Suburban Region is holding an April Food Day donation drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12. With the pandemic amplifying the challenges many people face in meeting their basic needs, such as food, shelter and health care, a simple thing such as providing a few meals can make a big difference.

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Our Chicago: Equity Across City, Economic Resources

Sean Garrett, President & CEO of the United Way of Metro Chicago, and Dr. Helene Gayle, President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, discuss how equity will be central to the city's recovery.

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An Important Message From United Way of Metro Chicago

United Way of Metro Chicago honors the lives of the victims killed in hate crimes in Georgia earlier this week. We stand with our Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander neighbors to Stop Asian Hate and build a stronger, more equitable world for all people.

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United Way gets $250,000 pledge as it kicks off next phase of COVID relief

United Way of Metro Chicago is kicking off the next phase of its COVID-19 relief fund with a $250,000 donor pledge, hoping to add to the $35 million it raised during the first eight months of the pandemic.

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United Way Fundraiser Aims To Help Chicagoans Hit Hardest By Coronavirus: ‘Families Are Still Struggling’

A citywide effort is focused on raising money to help families facing hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. The March to Recovery, announced Monday from United Way of Metro Chicago, looks to support community organizations helping residents with food insecurity and mental health issues worsened by the pandemic.

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Chicago Gets Much-Needed Help As Domestic Violence Surges During Pandemic

Reports of domestic violence in Chicago have surged by 15 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic as couples and families are quarantining at home. Survivors are also facing income and job loss, making it even more difficult to afford to leave an abusive situation.

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