The past year has been challenging for so many of us. But even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our neighbors struggled to survive—with 1 in 3 families in the Chicago region walking a financial tightrope, unable to afford basic necessities or handle an unexpected expense.
This is not a result of the pandemic. This is a result of years of disinvestment in the education, healthcare, and economic development of neighborhoods – most significantly impacting our Black and Brown communities.
While the pandemic may not be leaving as quickly as we hoped, we must turn our focus to recovery—to rebuilding our systems and neighborhoods in a stronger, more equitable way.
At United Way, we believe a dual approach strategy is the key to the Chicago region’s long-term recovery. We are committed to helping our neighbors meet their basic needs and working alongside community leaders to rebuild neighborhoods through our Neighborhood Network Initiative. Our neighbors are counting on all of us for ongoing support, solutions, and a hand up out of crisis.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way of Metro Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust (CCT) launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund (CCRF) to quickly raise and deploy much needed crisis support to help ensure that tens of thousands of individuals and families were able to access food, stay in their homes, and receive critical health services. Through the CCRF:
• More than $35 million raised in 6 months
• More than 350 agencies funded
• 100% of proceeds will go to community
• More than 6,000 donors, including individuals, families, businesses and foundations
United Way continues to play a critical role in helping those who are struggling make ends meet. With the generous support of our donors, aligned with key cross-sector partnerships such as Chicago Connected and Together We Rise, we know we can meet the basic needs of our neighbors and build back better.
Learn more about the second part of our dual approach – our Neighborhood Network strategy.