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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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Place Matters: How Collective Impact and Place-Based Investment Can Empower Communities to Lead

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, 77 to be exact, each with its distinct look, feel, food and people. Despite the beauty of our neighborhoods, there is a deep history of segregation, systemic racism, and disinvestment that shapes and manifests Black and brown communities’ societal issues across the city. I’ve seen what happens when you strip a community of the resources needed to prosper. I’ve also seen the impact of empowering communities to chart their own path through place-based investment.

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Our Chicago: Equity Across City, Economic Resources

Sean Garrett, President & CEO of the United Way of Metro Chicago, and Dr. Helene Gayle, President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, discuss how equity will be central to the city's recovery.

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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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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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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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At Issue: Non-Profits and COVID-19

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago President and CEO, Sean Garrett, and Carlos Nelson, Executive Director of the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, talk with WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore about how non-profit groups—and others—are coping with the Coronavirus.

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Families Receive Thanksgiving Meals in Palatine

Christmas music played in the background as cars drove through with kids extending their arms, laughing, to be handed Thanksgiving dinners, backpacks, candy and toys Thursday night in Palatine. The line to get into the parking lot of the nonprofit agency Partners for Our Communities was at least 35 cars deep, as local families drove by to pick up donations as part of the "Uniting for the Holidays" program from United Way of Metro Chicago.

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Jenner & Block Partner Andrew Vail Becomes General Counsel of the United Way of Metro Chicago

United Way of Metro Chicago and the law firm of Jenner & Block announced today that Jenner & Block litigation Partner Andrew W. Vail has agreed to serve as the first-ever United Way general counsel. In this role, Mr. Vail will provide important strategic advice and pro bono legal counsel to help the United Way and its partners throughout Chicagoland fulfill the organization’s mission of improving communities and the common good.

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Uniting for the Holidays

Our Director of Community Engagement - Jackie Rosa - speaks with NBC Chicago about how you can support families this holiday season with Uniting for the Holidays.

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The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Wins the Chicago Innovation Award

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund — launched by United Way of Metro Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust in March — received the “Collaboration Award” at the 2020 Chicago Innovation Awards in October. Each year, the awards shine a light on the creative spirit of Chicago by focusing attention on innovations that fill unmet needs and improve people’s lives.

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United Way’s Marilyn Jackson Named Notable Marketing Executive

United Way’s Chief Strategy & Engagement Officer Marilyn Jackson was featured in Crain’s 2020 Notable Executives in Marketing. Most recently, Marilyn led the development of the digital framework for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund and the Illinois Response Fund, collectively raising $65 million in 90 days.

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Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund Allocates Additional $6 Million in Grants

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund announced the fourth round of funding totaling $6 million. Grants will be allocated to 176 community organizations serving clients in the City of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The funds will aid coordinated community response efforts, including food access, cash assistance and mental health services.

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