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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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A Statement From Our CEO

Today we are mourning for our city and our nation. For many of our neighbors, the death of George Floyd felt like too much to bear as we face both a health and economic crisis. We hear you and we want to assure you that we are right here with you. We also know that our words will not be enough. It’s what we do that matters.

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The Latest On The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

United Way of Metro Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust created The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to support nonprofits serving many in need. Reset checks in with one of the leaders of the fund to hear about the latest developments.

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United Way of Metro Chicago Appoints Betsy Hughes Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

United Way of Metro Chicago has named Elizabeth “Betsy” J. Hughes as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, leading the implementation of lucrative fundraising strategies for the region-wide health and human service organization. (PR Web)

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United Way Taps IIT Exec to Lead Fundraising

Betsy Hughes, who starts May 15 as senior vice president and chief development officer, aims to boost funding for the organization’s Neighborhood Network program. (Crain's)

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Southland food pantries get big boost from April Food Day

It seemed that as fast as Lisa Bradshaw could sort through and organize cans of food such as tuna on a large table, another load arrived in front of her. The same thing was happening at other tables inside the Tinley Park Convention Center, where volunteers sorted through, literally, tons, of non-perishable food destined for 10 food pantries in the south and southwest suburbs as part of the seventh annual April Food Day. (Chicago Tribune)

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Area students set to join volunteers of all ages Thursday for United Way's April Food Day effort

Oak Forest High School sophomore Mackenzie Griffin didn’t really know what to expect last year when she went to work at the United Way of Metro Chicago’s annual food drive. Part of a group of about 30 students from Oak Forest and Hillcrest high schools, Griffin and her fellow volunteers soon learned the day would involve some hard work, but it would also be a good time. (Chicago Tribune)

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Matt Forte Teams Up with United Way for April Food Day to Help End Hunger

Former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte joins Good Day Chicago to talk about April Food Day and what you can do to fight hunger in the Chicago area. (Fox 32)

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CEO Turnover at UWs Hits More than 100

More than 100 affiliates of United Way have new chief executive officers (CEO) in place since the start of 2018. Considering that there are more than 1,100 affiliates in the United States, that might not sound like a lot but more than one-third of the departures are the result of retirements that have already taken effect or have been announced. (Non-profit Times)

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Local United Way merger with Chicago office to help bring 'wealth of resources' to Elgin area

CHICAGO TRIBUNE, COURIER NEWS - A merger set to be completed this summer between the United Way of Elgin and its counterpart in Chicago will result in increased dollars and streamlined services available to local people in need, officials said. (Chicago Tribune)

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United Way of Elgin merging with Metro Chicago agency

After 18 years at the helm of United Way of Elgin, Lynne Bosley will be retiring after an upcoming merger with United Way of Metro Chicago, which she hailed as a positive move. “The question was, ‘Do we want to survive or thrive? We know we can survive, but do we want to grow?'” Bosley said. “For so many reasons, it seemed to make sense.” (Daily Herald)

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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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