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Chicago Federation of Labor calls for peace, issues anti-violence statement

The Chicago Federation of Labor on Friday called on union workers citywide to “work for justice” and help tamp down violence. The CFL is supporting organizations like HIRE360, which looks to connect people of color to union jobs, and United Way, which helps to “rebuild communities and struggling families.”

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United Way of Metro Chicago Honors The Region's Most Philanthropic Leaders

United Way of Metro Chicago hosted the 2022 Stronger Neighborhoods Awards Luncheon in celebration of the commitment of business, civic, nonprofit and community leaders working alongside United Way to build a stronger, more equitable Chicago region.

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'So much strength and passion': How an Englewood nonprofit is getting funds to strengthen neighborhood programs

The COVID-19 pandemic is still exposing how many communities continue to struggle. One Chicago neighborhood is getting a huge amount of help, through a new partnership. CBS 2's Steven Graves explains. Cecile De Mello does the long work of leading nonprofit Teamwork Englewood because of a love for her home and three young children. "I say to myself if I do a good job today, I'm one step closer making this a community where they can raise their family safely."

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Celebrating Black History Month: Carlos Nelson Is Pounding The Pavement In Auburn Gresham

Carlos Nelson, a proud son of Auburn Gresham, is selflessly restoring the shine to a crown jewel of the South Side. Nelson has been pounding the pavement as the CEO of the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation for nearly two decades. Carlos has also helped Auburn Gresham become a United Way Neighborhood Network, which is a community hub of service providers to help support residents in the area.

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Celebrating Black History Month: Executive Director Of 'Austin Coming Together' Empowering Chicago's West Side

For over a decade Shields has served as executive director of Austin Coming Together, a nonprofit that connects dozens of organizations with the common goal of uplifting and empowering an area long plagued by poverty, crime and subpar education. Shields has also helped the Austin community become part of the United Way Neighborhood Network, which is a hub of service providers to help support Austin residents.

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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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Give Time, Things, Support: 20 Ways to Make a Difference Around Chicago This December

This month, there are a variety of ways that community members can give back to Chicago-area philanthropic efforts and organizations. From monetary donations and volunteer opportunities to item-based donations—everyone has the opportunity to make a difference this holiday season and beyond. Learn more ways to support United Way of Metro Chicago.

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Season Of Giving 2021

Each year at this time, WBBM looks at the state of charitable giving and the work of non-profit groups in the area. United Way Chicago President and CEO Sean Garrett tells Craig Dellimore that as we work to emerge from the pandemic, there are hopeful signs and big challenges. Eric Smith, Vice Chairman of BMO Harris Bank, and Jamila Trimuel, Founder and CEO of Ladies of Virtue, also joined.

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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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Meet 2021’s Top Chicago Philanthropists

Make It Better Media's list of 2021’s Top Chicago-area philanthropists aims to highlight those who put their philanthropy to work in those arenas. Sean Garrett, United Way of Metro Chicago's President and Chief Executive Officer, is included in this list.

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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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New Fund Aims to Address Inequitable Investment in Black, Brown-Led Nonprofits

This year United Way of Metro Chicago launched the United Neighborhood Equity Fund, selecting 10 Black and Brown-led nonprofits on Chicago’s South and West Sides to receive funding and support. WTTW's Marissa Nelson interviews Sean Garret - United Way, Messiah Equiano - CHI-RISE, and Edwin Martinez - Centro Sanar.

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United Way of Metro Chicago Announces Grantees of United Neighborhood Equity Fund

United Way of Metro Chicago today announced the grantees of the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund (UNEF). These are 10 small, Black and brown-led nonprofits on the city’s south and west sides and south suburban region. Each of the 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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