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Press Release

10.21.19

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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05.30.19

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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Press Release

04.23.19

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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01.16.20

United Way Donor Pays It Forward

Tony Smith is a Chicagoan through and through. Born in Bronzeville and raised in Englewood, Tony now calls Hyde Park “home” and the rest of the city his playground. “I tell people ‘Chicago is...

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01.13.20

What Makes Brighton Park Strong?

Brighton Park, a working-class neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side, is home to residents working together to build a brighter future.   Once an industrial center, Brighton Park was hit hard...

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12.23.19

Evanston 'Books & Breakfast' Boosts Student Learning

The claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day isn’t just an opinion of doctors and foodies. There’s a wealth of science to back it up. According to the Food Research and Action...

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12.20.19

A New Take on Workplace Giving Campaigns

Gone are the days of stuffy, impersonal fundraising campaigns. Remember the days when your company would dictate which organizations you could donate to? Today, United Way corporate partners are...

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12.17.19

AmeriCorps Member Brings Passion for Community-Building to Little Village

At United Way of Metro Chicago, we partner with community leaders and residents to envision the future of neighborhoods, support residents and build stronger communities where everyone can...

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12.16.19

Housing: The Foundation for Student Success

In the winter months of 2016, Claudia Gonzalez*, a mother of three living in Brighton Park, unexpectedly lost her job. Though she aggressively searched for alternative employment, she couldn’t keep up with rent payments for her apartment.

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12.09.19

Spreading Holiday Cheer in West Chicago

Meeting our neighbors’ needs is a key part of our work to build stronger neighborhoods. As the winter season approaches, these needs are changing, and United Way stands ready to help. Last weekend,...

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11.27.19

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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11.21.19

‘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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11.05.19

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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