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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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04.21.20

COVID-19 Fund Helps Families Find Financial Relief

When she arrived at work on Monday, March 16, Maria Martinez wasn’t greeted with a “Good morning” or “How are you?” Instead, she and her colleagues at the coffee factory found themselves...

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03.31.20

A Community of Compassion for Mental Health

Years ago, Estela Diaz, of Brighton Park, sought therapy as she navigated a family crisis and chronic depression and anxiety.  As a mother of five, she faces daily responsibilities — taking her...

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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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07.08.19

A Warm Place for Kids to Dream

There are a handful of necessities every child needs to live ⁠—and dream ⁠— safely and comfortably. A warm bed to rest their head tops the list. Last month, as part of its Hope to Dream...

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06.05.19

Brighton Park Students Rally Youth for Change

A few weeks ago, more than 400 youth from six Brighton Park schools met to tackle some of the challenges they face in their community — from police violence and unhealthy relationships to adultism and violations of immigrants' rights.

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12.06.18

Leadership Trainings Empower Local Parents

Throughout parenthood, mothers and fathers often find themselves wishing for instructions on how to raise their children to be successful in school and in life. Though no such manual exists, some neighborhood organizations supported by United Way of Metro Chicago are providing parents with the next best tool – parent leadership programs.

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06.12.18

College Mentors Prime Brighton Park Students for Success

At the start of the school year, Jesus Alvarez was “going downhill.” His homework went unfinished most nights, his assignments were marked with Ds and Fs and his behavior was disorderly, as he was causing fights and berating teachers. For many students who grow up in Jesus’s neighborhood of Brighton Park, these behaviors can be signs of the multi-faceted challenges that they’re facing at home – challenges such as poverty, effects of disinvestment in schools, absent or overworked parents, homelessness, neighborhood violence and the pressure of working to provide for their families.

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