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03.19.21

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund: Lessons in Collaboration Amid Crises

By Kimberlee Guenther, Ph.D., Chief Impact Officer for United Way of Metro Chicago and Anna Lee, Director of Community Impact for The Chicago Community Trust This week marks the one-year anniversary...

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11.10.20

Internet Access Connects Whole Families to Learning

On any given school day, Hayde Gallegos’ children can be found logged into their virtual classes, learning science or jumping around the living room for PE. Though the timing of their lessons are...

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11.30.20

Cicero Collaborative Feeds Community

In late October, Cicero Community Collaborative (CCC) and its partners fed more than 500 Cicero residents at a local food drive. Residents took home boxes of meat, baked goods and fresh produce such...

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04.26.21

Cicero Parent Ambassadors Help Kids, Community, Selves

Leer en español.  Ana Cordova, a parent of two living in Cicero, watched as her son struggled to read in English. She felt there was no one to help him and took on the responsibility...

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04.26.21

Los padres embajadores de Cicero ayudan a los niños, a la comunidad y a sí mismos

Read in English. Ana Cordova, madre de dos hijos que vive en Cicero, vio cómo su hijo se esforzaba para leer en inglés. Sentía que no había nadie que lo ayudara y ella misma asumió la...

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04.21.21

Financial Counseling Empowers Domestic Violence Survivors

As couples and families have quarantined at home, reports of domestic violence in Chicago have surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Survivors are also facing income and job loss, making it even more...

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04.21.21

A Step Towards the Justice & Restoration Our Society Needs

Our city, our region, our nation are at a pivotal moment where we need to do better. Not just for the communities of color that understandably feel that they are living with targets on their backs, but for society as a whole. Because we cannot be a great city, region, or nation if our fellow neighbors are struggling to maintain life's essentials like food, housing, jobs, and even breathe.

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04.12.21

United Way Volunteers Build Stronger Neighborhoods

United Way’s work to build stronger neighborhoods is powered by the time and effort of our generous volunteers. Each and every volunteer is invaluable to our mission.  Some raise money to support...

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03.30.21

Bright Star Helps Returning Citizens Rebuild After Incarceration

In the early 1990s, Tirenzy Wilson entered the prison system at the age of 25 for a drug charge. He was sentenced to 25 years and never knew when the time would come for him to re-enter the...

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03.20.21

Inspire Young Learners This National Reading Month

It’s National Reading Month! To celebrate, we’re highlighting children's books that inspire youth and young people to make a difference in their communities. These books tackle the importance of unity, volunteerism and representation. 

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03.19.21

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund: Lessons in Collaboration Amid Crises

By Kimberlee Guenther, Ph.D., Chief Impact Officer for United Way of Metro Chicago and Anna Lee, Director of Community Impact for The Chicago Community Trust This week marks the one-year anniversary...

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03.17.21

Donors Tap Creative Passion to Support Neighbors In Need

During the city’s stay-at-home order last spring, Michelle Wodzinski Capers turned her quarantine into an opportunity to give back to her community.  Michelle, a professional photographer and...

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03.15.21

Letter from Our President: March to Recovery with United Way

One year ago, our city and state issued a stay–at–home order as COVID-19 began to spike. I don’t know about you, but what I remember most was fear and uncertainty. What would this mean for our two kids, who were in pre-k and second grade at the time? How could we keep our colleagues and families safe? How long would this last – two weeks, a month, until summer? Frankly, the only thing we were certain about was that we needed to act quickly to help our neighbors.

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