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12.08.21

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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11.22.21

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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10.11.21

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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01.16.21

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation founder and United Way of Metro Chicago to call for business leaders to make racially equitable investments

On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the founder of Truth, Healing & Racial Transformation (TRHT) will join with United Way (UW) of Metro Chicago to call on business leaders to address racial inequality.

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01.06.21

United Way of Illinois Launches '21 Week Equity Challenge'

United Way of Illinois is launching a '21 Week Equity Challenge' this week. Following a year of unrest and strife, this free, online learning program will provide lessons and resources for Illinoisians to learn about racial issues and systemic inequalities, together.

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12.16.20

MacKenzie Scott donates $25M to United Way Chicago

MacKenzie Scott has donated a record amount to United Way of Chicago. The philanthropist, and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, donated $25 million to the organization. That is the single largest donation in the organization's history.

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12.16.20

Chicago organizations benefit from MacKenzie Scott’s generosity

United Way of Metro Chicago announced this week Scott has donated $25 million, the single largest donation in the organization’s history. “To have this $25 million investment come completely unexpectedly from MacKenzie Scott was just remarkable and overwhelming in what it means for our community,” said Sean Garrett, United Way’s local president & CEO.

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12.16.20

Drive-through food giveaway provides holiday dinner for 500 families in Elgin

Over 350 cars lined up, some hours early, for a drive-through holiday dinner giveaway at the Elgin Sports Complex Tuesday. "Uniting for the Holidays," a United Way program sponsored locally by Seigle's Cabinet Center and the Seigle Family Foundation, provided frozen turkeys and side dishes for 500 families in need during the giveaway, in addition to tote bags with masks and hand sanitizers, backpacks for kids, diapers, children's books and more.

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12.15.20

United Way of Metro Chicago announces a $25 Million gift from MacKenzie Scott

United Way of Metro Chicago announced the single largest donation in the organization’s history. MacKenzie Scott donated $25 million to accelerate United Way’s work advancing neighborhood equity and creating communities where children and families can thrive.

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12.15.20

Chicago nonprofit gets $25 million from MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Jeff Bezos

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is getting its biggest gift ever—$25 million, from MacKenzie Scott, a novelist and the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

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12.11.20

Uniting for the Holidays bringing meals to people in need in Elgin Tuesday

Five hundred Elgin-area families will receive dinner for the holidays thanks to the United Way. "Uniting for the Holidays" is billed as a "festive drive-through event" where dinners and other necessities are being distributed to people in need on a first-come, first-served basis.

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12.09.20

Building Back

United Way is building back a strong Chicago region with a goal of helping communities prosper at the neighborhood level. They are deeply committed to healing families meet basic needs to families can grow and thrive. Interview with Kimberlee Guenther, United Way of Metro Chicago.

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12.06.20

United Way Strives To Help Those In Need This Christmas, Especially During COVID-19 Pandemic

During a time when so many people are struggling to buy the basics, some families may find there's just not enough money for Christmas gifts. Betsy Hughes, senior vice president and chief development officer for the United Way of Metro Chicago, spoke about the difficulties of raising money and serving so many people during a pandemic.

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