As Chicagoans, we’re proud of all that our city and suburbs have to offer. But when our neighbors don’t have access to the tools necessary to thrive, it impacts the entire region. To fundamentally shift outcomes for children and families, we must work together and focus on the whole neighborhood.

We have the power to build a stronger Chicago region where all our neighbors can thrive. But it takes all of us, working together, to make it happen.

There’s power in neighbors. Will you join us? Make a gift today!

Make A Donation

When you donate to United Way, you’re supporting your neighbors in their time of need while also investing in resources that reduce and eliminate the root causes of those needs. Join us in supporting the community-led change that is building stronger neighborhoods for a stronger Chicago region.

Advocate with and For Your Neighbors

September’s Story

"[The Stay In School program] opened my eyes to another world. It’s making me an even more well-rounded person…someone who is also culturally, socially and politically aware of what’s going on in my surroundings."

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Sofia's Story

"We’re all headed towards the same direction and we all have something good to contribute. Together, we can make a difference."

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Janet K.

Suburban Resident

"We all have a responsibility to give back to the communities in which we live and work."

Leslie A.

BMO Harris Bank Employee

"Our humanity connects us and comes with the responsibility to lift each other up."

Erick N.

Fifth Third Bank employee

"Our city is a melting pot of culture and United Way of Metro Chicago embraces and celebrates the diverse identities of all is residents."

Hannah H.

Northern Trust employee

"United Way’s focus on neighborhood work has allowed me to give back and see first-hand how I can help build up my own community."

Joe H.

Comcast employee

"I’m excited about how United Way’s Neighborhood Networks are tackling the issues facing individuals, families and neighborhoods."

Tony S.

PNC employee

"I can’t imagine what path my life might have taken without United Way. Now I have the opportunity to help my neighbors."

Volunteer or Attend an Event


Sometimes, making a difference is as easy as picking up a paint brush and refreshing a community center. Other times, it’s a weekly commitment like tutoring a high school student. Whether you give an hour a week or an hour a year, your volunteer efforts make you a critical player in the fight for stronger neighborhoods across the Chicago region.

Become a Volunteer


Get to know United Way and the passionate go-getters who make our work possible by attending one of our upcoming events. Join us for a networking event, festive fundraiser or community service event and connect with other socially engaged Chicagoans.

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More Ways to Get Involved

Give Money.

Invest in people. Invest in your neighborhood. Invest in a stronger Chicago.


Give Time.

Share your time. Share your talents. Share your love for community.

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