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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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Media Alert (April Food Day 2022)

April Food Day Aims to Collect More Than 100,000 Pounds of Food for Chicago Southland Communities

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ComEd Announces $450,000 to Launch Skilled Trades Program in Partnership with Four Chicago Catholic High Schools

ComEd, in collaboration with Big Shoulders Fund and United Way Metro Chicago, today launched Powering Our Future – a new initiative that will expand skilled trades and STEM training at four Chicago Catholic high schools.

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Organizations Raise $35M for Chicago COVID-19 Relief

Cecile De Mello - Executive Director of Teamwork Englewood, Gloria Castillo - Director of Together We Rise, and Kimberlee Guenther - Chief Impact Officer of United Way of Metro Chicago discuss the Chicago Community COVID-19 Reponse Fund that raised and invested $25 million in neighborhood businesses and pandemic resources.

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United Way of Metro Chicago Deepens Commitment to Community-Led Transformation through Expansion of Neighborhood Network Initiative

United Way of Metro Chicago Deepens Commitment to Community-Led Transformation through Expansion of Neighborhood Network Initiative. Success of place-based investment model allows for launch of new Neighborhood Networks in Englewood, Garfield Park and Far South

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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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