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BMO Harris Bank Invests in Community-Led Strategies with $10 Million Gift to United Way of Metro Chicago as Part of Chicago Mayor’s South and West Side Investment Plan

In support of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s South and West Side investment plan, United Way of Metro Chicago has announced a $10 million charitable investment from BMO Harris Bank. Through the largest corporate gift in United Way of Metro Chicago’s history, BMO Harris Bank is deepening its impact in the Chicago community with a specific focus on resident-led efforts guided by Austin Coming Together. (PR Web)

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Austin Group Wins Millions To Bring Community-Driven Projects To Life

Under a new program, the city will be directing $750 million to develop the South and West sides over the next three years, Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently announced. And now corporations are backing the plan, too. (Block Club Chicago)

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces neighborhood investment plan with $10 million from BMO Harris Bank

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday announced an initiative meant to spur development in 10 neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides, helped by a $10 million contribution from BMO Harris Bank. (Chicago Tribune)

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United Way of Metro Chicago Honors the Region’s Most Philanthropic Leaders

United Way of Metro Chicago hosted the 2019 Stronger Neighborhoods Awards Luncheon in celebration of the individuals, businesses and community organizations that have joined forces to drive change at the neighborhood level across the Chicago region. (PR Web)

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United Way of Metro Chicago Appoints Betsy Hughes Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

United Way of Metro Chicago has named Elizabeth “Betsy” J. Hughes as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, leading the implementation of lucrative fundraising strategies for the region-wide health and human service organization. (PR Web)

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United Way taps IIT exec to lead fundraising

Betsy Hughes, who starts May 15 as senior vice president and chief development officer, aims to boost funding for the organization’s Neighborhood Network program. (Crain's)

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Southland food pantries get big boost from April Food Day

It seemed that as fast as Lisa Bradshaw could sort through and organize cans of food such as tuna on a large table, another load arrived in front of her. The same thing was happening at other tables inside the Tinley Park Convention Center, where volunteers sorted through, literally, tons, of non-perishable food destined for 10 food pantries in the south and southwest suburbs as part of the seventh annual April Food Day. (Chicago Tribune)

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Area students set to join volunteers of all ages Thursday for United Way's April Food Day effort

Oak Forest High School sophomore Mackenzie Griffin didn’t really know what to expect last year when she went to work at the United Way of Metro Chicago’s annual food drive. Part of a group of about 30 students from Oak Forest and Hillcrest high schools, Griffin and her fellow volunteers soon learned the day would involve some hard work, but it would also be a good time. (Chicago Tribune)

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Matt Forte teams up with United Way for April Food Day to help end hunger

Former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte joins Good Day Chicago to talk about April Food Day and what you can do to fight hunger in the Chicago area. (Fox 32)

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CEO Turnover at UWs Hits More than 100

More than 100 affiliates of United Way have new chief executive officers (CEO) in place since the start of 2018. Considering that there are more than 1,100 affiliates in the United States, that might not sound like a lot but more than one-third of the departures are the result of retirements that have already taken effect or have been announced. (Non-profit Times)

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Local United Way merger with Chicago office to help bring 'wealth of resources' to Elgin area

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, COURIER NEWS - A merger set to be completed this summer between the United Way of Elgin and its counterpart in Chicago will result in increased dollars and streamlined services available to local people in need, officials said. (Chicago Tribune)

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United Way of Elgin merging with Metro Chicago agency

After 18 years at the helm of United Way of Elgin, Lynne Bosley will be retiring after an upcoming merger with United Way of Metro Chicago, which she hailed as a positive move. “The question was, ‘Do we want to survive or thrive? We know we can survive, but do we want to grow?'” Bosley said. “For so many reasons, it seemed to make sense.” (Daily Herald)

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Seventh annual April Food Day restocks South Suburban food pantries for summer

The seventh annual April Food Day food drive in Chicago’s south suburbs is taking place now and will run through April 18. The food drive is hosted by the United Way of Metro Chicago’s South-Southwest Suburban Regional Office and includes several leading partners from the Chicago Southland hospitality industry. (Chicago Citizen)

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