Featured Stories

Blog

08.13.21

New Faces and New Initiatives in United Way’s Annual Campaign

Campaign volunteers can tell a story about an organization. Who is part of your campaign? How large is it? What is the mission of your team? At United Way of Metro Chicago, we’ve found our story. And we’re excited to share it.

Read More

Blog

08.13.21

MacKenzie Scott Makes Largest Donation in United Way of Metro Chicago’s History

It is not often a nonprofit organization wakes up to a call informing them they will be receiving a $25 million unrestricted grant. Thanks to the generosity of MacKenzie Scott, United Way received that call and the single largest donation in the organization’s 80+ year history.

Read More

Community Spotlight

08.11.21

South Chicago’s UNITY Squad Program Keeps Youth Engaged This Summer

Our partners in the South Chicago Neighborhood Network offer a youth program called UNITY Squad to keep young people engaged and learning over the summer months. UNITY Squad serves children ages 14-16 and helps members gain core leadership and development skills.

Read More

All Stories

Filter:

09.02.21

BPNC Immigrant Program Encourages Residents to Stay in the Neighborhood

Brighton Park is a family-oriented community made up of immigrants. With neighborhoods shifting due to gentrification, immigrant families seek to stay connected to their new communities and their culture.

Read More

08.14.21

Introducing the Andrew J. McKenna Leadership Award

Andy McKenna is a life-long Chicagoan who understands that the Chicago region is shaped by the people who step forward and invest their time and energy in advancing the civic and philanthropic needs of the region. Andy is one of these leaders whose commitment and boundless energy set the bar high for Chicago’s civic and philanthropic community. He often works behind the scenes to mentor nonprofit leaders and fellow board members.

Read More

08.13.21

New Faces and New Initiatives in United Way’s Annual Campaign

Campaign volunteers can tell a story about an organization. Who is part of your campaign? How large is it? What is the mission of your team? At United Way of Metro Chicago, we’ve found our story. And we’re excited to share it.

Read More

08.13.21

Randy Lyon: Decades of Dedication

Within Randy’s first few weeks in Chicago, he noticed there were different expectations for professionals. “The Chicago ethos came out right away,” Randy recalls. The Chicago ethos was, and still is, an expectation to give back to the Chicago community and support charitable organizations. He learned about United Way of Metro Chicago and decided United Way would be a cornerstone of his philanthropic involvement. 

Read More

08.13.21

Lisa and Lamar Johnson: Building Skyscrapers and Growing Communities

Lisa and Lamar Johnson, co-founders of Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC), a mission-driven architecture firm, are leaving their mark across the city. From skyscrapers in the Loop to community centers in disinvested neighborhoods, the Johnsons are shaping a workforce culture that puts human service at the forefront of their business.

Read More

08.13.21

MacKenzie Scott Makes Largest Donation in United Way of Metro Chicago’s History

It is not often a nonprofit organization wakes up to a call informing them they will be receiving a $25 million unrestricted grant. Thanks to the generosity of MacKenzie Scott, United Way received that call and the single largest donation in the organization’s 80+ year history.

Read More

08.11.21

South Chicago’s UNITY Squad Program Keeps Youth Engaged This Summer

Our partners in the South Chicago Neighborhood Network offer a youth program called UNITY Squad to keep young people engaged and learning over the summer months. UNITY Squad serves children ages 14-16 and helps members gain core leadership and development skills.

Read More

08.10.21

Bronzeville Healing Symposium Marks the Beginning of New Initiative

Systemic racism stifles the prosperity of people of color in this country. It moves its way through communities, decreasing chances for opportunity and growth. Our Neighborhood Network partner in...

Read More

07.30.21

Q&A With a United Way AmeriCorps Member: Joshua Simmons

Joshua Simmons, 23, is a recent college graduate from Westchester, IL and has spent time living in the South Side of Chicago.

Read More

07.14.21

Revitalizing Auburn Gresham: One Organization Changes a Community’s Landscape

Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC), United Way’s lead community partner in the Auburn Gresham Neighborhood Network, is an essential pillar to the neighborhood’s economy.

Read More

Give Money.

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

Donate

Give Time.

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

Volunteer
Pause Animation