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11.26.22

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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Press Release

11.07.22

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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Press Release

10.10.22

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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11.14.21

Meet 2021’s Top Chicago Philanthropists

Make It Better Media's list of 2021’s Top Chicago-area philanthropists aims to highlight those who put their philanthropy to work in those arenas. Sean Garrett, United Way of Metro Chicago's President and Chief Executive Officer, is included in this list.

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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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09.29.21

New Fund Aims to Address Inequitable Investment in Black, Brown-Led Nonprofits

This year United Way of Metro Chicago launched the United Neighborhood Equity Fund, selecting 10 Black and Brown-led nonprofits on Chicago’s South and West Sides to receive funding and support. WTTW's Marissa Nelson interviews Sean Garret - United Way, Messiah Equiano - CHI-RISE, and Edwin Martinez - Centro Sanar.

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09.22.21

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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09.15.21

Elgin Covid Response Fund Announces Additional Funding Focused On Mental Health

Thanks to a generous grant from United Way of Metro Chicago, the Elgin Covid Response Fund (ECRF) has an additional $25,000 to grant out to those individuals, families, and communities impacted by COVID-19 in Elgin.

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08.19.21

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services partners with United Way for annual Child Support Awareness Month campaign

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services partners with United Way for annual Child Support Awareness Month campaign.

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08.05.21

United Way of Metro Chicago announces United Neighborhoods Equity Fund

United Way of Metro Chicago today opened applications for their new United Neighborhoods Equity Fund (UNEF). UNEF aims to support small, Black and brown-led nonprofits predominantly located on the city's south and west sides and south suburban region, and connect them to new investment opportunities. Each of the 10 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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06.17.21

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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04.16.21

We Mourn the Death of Adam Toledo

United Way of Metro Chicago stands in partnership with leading voices in the Latinx community, who are asking for systems change and a commitment to substantive and sustained investments in Brown and Black communities, along with expanding education and economic opportunities for all young men of color.

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04.15.21

United Way Spices Up Spring Fundraising with Pastry Party

This April, United Way of Metro Chicago is putting a spin on the traditional bake sale -- its Young Leaders United (YLU) affinity group is hosting IGNITE, a virtual dessert party led by Boka Restaurant Group.

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