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10.16.23

Comcast Advances Digital Equity

Bridging the digital divide is crucial for building thriving communities. United Way of Metro Chicago and Comcast are helping get more Cook County residents online – and connected to essential resources.

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09.26.23

Letter from Our President: Five Years of Impact

Five years ago, Sean Garrett was appointed to lead United Way of Metro Chicago as president and CEO. Now, he’s reflecting on all we have accomplished together – and what's to come.

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09.25.23

211 Metro Chicago Is Meeting a Critical Need - And There Is More We Can Do

United Way of Metro Chicago had been working to launch a 211 helpline for the region for more than a decade. Now, eight months into operating it and serving as Executive Director, I see the benefit 211 is having and understand now more than ever the unique nature of the needs facing Chicagoans and Cook County residents.

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05.22.23

A Faith Story: Aspire Center Breaks Ground

Ten years after Emmet Elementary School closed, community leaders and their partners broke ground on the Aspire Center for Workforce Innovation in the school’s parking lot. More than 100 guests gathered in Austin to celebrate the next step in the development of this catalytic investment in their neighborhood.

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05.17.21

Young West Side Mothers Making Way for a Brighter Future

Walking through the Austin neighborhood, you’d never know that inside a warehouse on Carroll and Pulaski, a cohort of new mothers are changing their economic destiny — and it’s through the...

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05.03.21

Austin Coming Together Brings COVID Vaccinations to the Community

Austin is one of Chicago's largest communities, yet residents have limited access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Austin’s lead Neighborhood Network, Austin Coming Together (ACT) has been able to respond to this imminent need through the city’s Protect Chicago Plus program that prioritizes vaccinating communities hit the hardest by the pandemic.

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01.09.19

Austin Teens Build Sisterhood of Support

A few days before their Christmas celebrations began, a group of teen girls from Chicago’s Austin neighborhood gathered around a table, sipping hot chocolate and decorating canvases. The “Paint...

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