At our core, United Way is a connector and convener. We believe that lasting change occurs when we partner together and work toward a common goal. That’s why we’ve teamed up with organizations such as the Chicago Federation of Labor and the NFL to turn ideas into action. Through our strategic partnerships, we’re able to make tangible progress toward building a stronger, more equitable Chicago region for all our neighbors.
Systematic change starts at the neighborhood level. Each year, United Way selects AmeriCorps members to serve as leaders within our Neighborhood Network communities. Members work in a variety of roles to engage the community, support individuals and families, and move our Neighborhood Network initiatives forward.
Middle school is a critical time in any child’s life. United Way and the Chicago Bears have teamed up to bring Character Playbook, an innovative curriculum that focuses on social-emotional learning and healthy relationships, to middle school classrooms across the region.
Access to the internet has become necessary to fully participate in society. But for many of our neighbors, the lack of broadband has been an ongoing issue and the COVID-19 crisis highlighted the city’s digital equity divide. That’s why United Way is proud to partner with Mayor Lightfoot, CPS, and others to launch ‘Chicago Connected.’
Unemployment currently affects 318,000 Illinois residents. Through Access United, United Way and the Chicago Federation of Labor are increasing job opportunities by connecting job seekers with the tools they need to succeed in the skilled trades. Access United is only possible through our partnerships with the Construction Industry Service Corporation and the Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council.
United for ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – brings together United Ways, foundations, academic institutions, corporations, and other state organizations to research and better understand the financial struggles many households face.
Youth United Way of Elgin (YUW) is a student-led volunteer group open to high school students interested in community service. The group primarily consists of students from high schools in and around Elgin. However, students from any high school in the area are welcome!