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BMO Harris Bank Invests in Community-Led Strategies with $10 Million Gift to United Way of Metro Chicago as Part of Chicago Mayor’s South and West Side Investment Plan

In support of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s South and West Side investment plan, United Way of Metro Chicago has announced a $10 million charitable investment from BMO Harris Bank. Through the largest corporate gift in United Way of Metro Chicago’s history, BMO Harris Bank is deepening its impact in the Chicago community with a specific focus on resident-led efforts guided by Austin Coming Together. (PR Web)

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Chicago's United Way tackles health in Austin

United Way of Metro Chicago is working with a local health tech startup to connect residents in the Austin neighborhood with community resources that address chronic health and social conditions like food insecurity. (Crain's)

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United Way of Metro Chicago Appoints Betsy Hughes Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

United Way of Metro Chicago has named Elizabeth “Betsy” J. Hughes as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, leading the implementation of lucrative fundraising strategies for the region-wide health and human service organization. (PR Web)

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West Chicago Music Program Molds Young Minds

Ludwig van Beethoven once said, “Music comes to me more readily than words.”  Like the renowned composer, David Ramos-Perez, an eighth-grade student and violinist from West Chicago, found his...

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‘Tis the Season to Celebrate Community 

The holiday season isn’t just a time to celebrate with family and friends. It’s also a time to unite with our neighbors in fellowship.  Tonight, our neighbors, including residents of Orchard...

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Training Tomorrow's Leaders

At United Way of Metro Chicago, we don’t just unite changemakers across our region, we train them to help tackle the most pressing issues facing our neighborhoods.  In our latest effort to prepare...

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The Changemakers: Shaping the Next Generation through Philanthropy

PrintFriendly Guided by the lessons of the women before her, Cheryl Francis carries on a tradition of mentorship. As co-chair and co-founder of the Corporate Leadership Center (CLC) in Chicago,...

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Investing in Whole Families: The United Way Approach

PrintFriendly The issues that families across our region face do not exist independently of one another. A student struggling in school may come to class hungry each day. A parent who is unemployed...

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Las mamás de Cicero les enseñan a los padres la importancia de la educación temprana

Cuando niña, en México, a Sofía Gutiérrez le dijeron que no necesitaría educación más allá de la escuela primaria, por lo que nunca continuó estudiando. Pero a medida que avanzó en la vida y se transformó en madre de dos curiosos niños, se dio cuenta de que la educación no era algo frívolo, sino necesario.

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Cicero Moms Teach Parents Importance of Early Ed

As a child growing up in Mexico, Sofia Gutierrez was told she wouldn’t need an education beyond elementary school, so she never pursued it. But as she moved through life and became a...

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Financial Counseling Eliminates Barriers to A New Life 

PrintFriendly Following a devastating family crisis, Chris spent three years living in shelters around the Chicago region. Last year, upon moving into a new, transitional shelter, he found a...

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Melding of the Minds

PrintFriendly It’s said that “two minds are greater than one.” So, what do you consider dozens of minds working together?  In our view, that’s true collaboration.  At United Way, we put...

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Prepping for A New Career & Future

PrintFriendly After Moises Vega III graduated from high school, he felt pressure to go to college. Though he was unsure about his future, his teachers and family told him getting a degree was a...

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