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The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund: Lessons in Collaboration Amid Crises

By Kimberlee Guenther, Ph.D., Chief Impact Officer for United Way of Metro Chicago and Anna Lee, Director of Community Impact for The Chicago Community Trust This week marks the one-year anniversary...

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Internet Access Connects Whole Families to Learning

On any given school day, Hayde Gallegos’ children can be found logged into their virtual classes, learning science or jumping around the living room for PE. Though the timing of their lessons are...

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Cicero Collaborative Feeds Community

In late October, Cicero Community Collaborative (CCC) and its partners fed more than 500 Cicero residents at a local food drive. Residents took home boxes of meat, baked goods and fresh produce such...

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Donors Tap Creative Passion to Support Neighbors In Need

During the city’s stay-at-home order last spring, Michelle Wodzinski Capers turned her quarantine into an opportunity to give back to her community.  Michelle, a professional photographer and...

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Letter from Our President: March to Recovery with United Way

One year ago, our city and state issued a stay–at–home order as COVID-19 began to spike. I don’t know about you, but what I remember most was fear and uncertainty. What would this mean for our two kids, who were in pre-k and second grade at the time? How could we keep our colleagues and families safe? How long would this last – two weeks, a month, until summer? Frankly, the only thing we were certain about was that we needed to act quickly to help our neighbors.

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Auburn Gresham Combats Food Insecurity

Throughout this difficult year, our partner Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC) helped silence the growl of hunger on the South Side. Food insecurity has long been a problem in...

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United Way Donors Deepen Commitment to Community

United Way connects to many of our generous donors through their workplaces. Each year, our corporate partners host giving campaigns for their employees to contribute to causes they care...

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Response Fund Supports Local Youth

12-year-old Afam from Bronzeville has always been a shy kid. They’ve never been the first one to speak up or volunteer. But being in school and around friends was a comfort.  When the pandemic...

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2020's Silver Linings

Though we didn’t get to connect with you at United Way events or see you in your offices this year, the support of our donors and corporate partners never wavered – in fact, some employee giving...

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Looming Housing Crisis Calls for Short & Long-Term Solutions

The United States is on the cusp of the worst housing crisis in its history. Our neighbors have lost their jobs and are struggling to afford their rent and mortgage payments. Though evictions have...

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Farm Workers Feed Our Families

Summer is here, and with this warm weather comes our favorite seasonal staples — fresh produce and (socially distant) barbecues.  While chowing down on fresh watermelon or corn on the cob, have...

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Moving Forward Together 

Our region is slowly reopening, but our neighbors are still facing great challenges.  United Way of Metro Chicago and our partner The Chicago Community Trust are continuing to respond to their needs...

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Feeding Families At the Ballpark

This time of year, Wrigley Field is typically teeming with players and fans. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this historic ballpark looks a lot different these days.  It’s instead filled with...

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