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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 and United Way of Elgin Announce Merger

United Way of Elgin – which serves Elgin, South Elgin, Hampshire, Burlington, Pingree Grove, and La Fox – and United Way of Metro Chicago announced today that the two local organizations will merge. As of July 1, 2019, United Way of Metro Chicago will assume all responsibilities for the Elgin service area. (PR Newswire)

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Leadership Greater Chicago Announces The Daniel Burnham Fellowship and Inaugural Cohort

Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) unveils The Daniel Burnham Fellowship – an accelerated civic onboarding experience for senior executives, designed to inspire these leaders to mobilize and exert their combined influence and intellect to positively impact Chicago, its future, and the continued economic progress of the region. (Daily Herald)

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Lyft will offer free rides to Chicago warming stations this week

On Wednesday, Chicagoans will experience record-breaking winter weather as the temperature dips well below zero. (It’ll be colder here than it is in Antarctica, if you haven’t already heard.) To prepare for the extreme conditions, Chicago businesses have shuttered and the city has set up emergency warming stations for those who don’t have a warm place to retreat to. ) (Timeout Chicago)

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United Way of Metro Chicago Welcomes Eithne McMenamin as Director of Public Policy & Advocacy

United Way of Metro Chicago, the largest private funder of human services in the Chicago region, has appointed Eithne McMenamin as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, serving both United Way of Metro Chicago and United Way of Illinois, a statewide association of 50 local organizations. (United Way)

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Cicero, IL Receives RWJF Culture of Health Prize for Efforts to Improve Health and Well-Being

Cicero, a suburb west of Chicago, is one of four winners of the 2018 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Prize honors communities for its unwavering efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live healthier lives. (United Way)

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United Way of Metro Chicago Names Sean Garrett As President and CEO

United Way of Metro Chicago today announced that it has named Sean Garrett as President & CEO. He succeeds Wendy DuBoe, who announced in March that she was stepping down after six years in the role. Sean will assume leadership in October. (Globe Newswire)

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Auburn Gresham Elementary Principals Band Together To Raise Literacy Levels

The Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation and United Way of Metro Chicago are working to transform the lives of neighborhood students, families through new Auburn Gresham GOLD initiative. (Block Club Chicago)

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Who is there for our children when gun violence shakes their world?

Part of being a Chicagoan and a parent of a young adult son is living with the awareness that your child could get shot. It’s a reality that you try to ensure does not happen, but a few months ago it came far too close to becoming a reality for me. (Chicago Suntimes)

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Kellar Middle School Students Complete Mural

Students from Kellar Middle School in Robbins recently completed a new mural inside the school with the help of Ricardo Gonzalez, an artist and resident of Blue Island. The mural, titled The Art of Music, was a collaborative effort between Gonzalez, the students, Metropolitan Family Services, and the Blue Island-Robbins Neighborhood Network. (Chicago Citizen)

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ABC7's Karen Jordan emcees United Way luncheon

United Way of Metro Chicago hosted its 2018 luncheon Friday. The celebration featured awards and shout-outs to those fighting for every person in every neighborhood, building stronger and more vibrant communities. ABC7 is the media sponsor and Karen Jordan served as the afternoon’s emcee. (ABC 7)

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