At our core, United Way is a connector and convenor. We believe that long-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 partnership programs, we’re able to make tangible progress toward meeting the health, education and financial stability needs of our neighbors.
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.
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.
In the U.S., 65 million people are unbanked or underbanked. This leaves them financially vulnerable and less likely to actively engage in local economies. Bank On ensures everyone has access to a safe and affordable bank or credit union account—stabilizing individuals and neighborhoods in the process.
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.
Enrolling in health insurance and connecting to care can be confusing and overwhelming. That’s why United Way and our community partners have teamed up to provide individuals and families with in-person assistance to help make sense of what public benefits are available and how to best use them.
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!