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Nicor and United Way join forces on program to pour funds into Elgin early education, job training efforts

United Way of Metro Chicago and the Nicor Gas Foundation are expanding their Neighborhood Network Initiative into Elgin, making a $600,000 investment in local community education efforts. Elgin became the 14th Neighborhood Network Initiative in the Chicago area, with money pledged to increasing early education preparation, building a trauma-informed care school culture and ensuring students leave high school prepared for the global workforce, officials announced Wednesday.

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United Way, Nicor Gas Foundation bring community program to Elgin

United Way of Metro Chicago is expanding its Neighborhood Network Initiative to Elgin, bringing the agency's expertise and funding from the Nicor Gas Foundation with it. The program is a neighborhood-based investment model that addresses needs in the community with a goal of improving residents' quality of life.

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New 2-1-1 Call Center Can Help Chicagoans Get Food, Housing, Other Social Services

Chicagoans can now dial 2-1-1 for a one-stop shop of social services. The call center will be manned 24/7 with “trained, empathetic resource navigators” who’ll connect people to food, housing, health care, transportation, child care, employment services, substance abuse recovery, utility bill help and disaster information, according to a city news release.

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Long lines to pick up holiday food boxes in Elgin indicative of need that’s 40% higher than last year

United Way of Metro Chicago gave away food boxes to 500 families in Elgin through the Uniting for the Holidays event, helping provide holiday meals to what is becoming a growing number of people who don't have enough to feed their families.

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BMO kicks off Employee Giving Campaign in Chicago

United Way joined BMO, our #1 corporate partner, as they kicked off their 2022 Employee Giving Campaign and shared with WGN's Daytime Chicago how employee giving and our partnership help build a stronger, more equitable Chicago region.

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United Way of Metro Chicago Uniting for the Holidays 2022

WGN spoke with Sean Garrett, president and CEO of United Way of Metro Chicago, about addressing families' basic needs this holiday season and how we can support our communities.

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8 Communites, Thousands of Meals, 1 Great Cause

This holiday season, United Way of Metro Chicago, in partnership with local community organizations, will once again host Uniting for the Holidays, a festive, drive-through event supporting eight suburban communities from mid-November to mid-December. Thousands of families across the region will receive a meal and gifts that will brighten their holiday.

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United Way of Metro Chicago Announces United Neighborhoods Equity Fund Second Cohort Grantees

United Way of Metro Chicago announced the grantees of the second cohort of the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund (UNEF). The 2022–2024 cohort includes 10 small, BIPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) nonprofits throughout the Chicago 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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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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President Preckwinkle Announces Partnership with United Way of Metro Chicago on $15 Million ‘Transforming Places’ Pilot Program

Last week, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a partnership with United Way of Metro Chicago to support a place-based investment strategy – the Transforming Places Pilot Program. The pilot will be funded by a $15 million investment from the Cook County Equity Fund and will also be supported by $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding.

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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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April Food Day event celebrates giving, volunteerism in the Southland while collecting 80K pounds of donations

The Daily Southtown recaps April Food Day 2022.

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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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