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01.23.24

211 Metro Chicago Celebrates One Year of Impact

The 211 Metro Chicago contact center is calm, almost peaceful. The 2-1-1 team is anything but idle, though. Each Resource Navigator keeps their voice low so their colleagues in cubicles nearby can field calls without distraction. They’re patient and poised as they listen to someone on the other end of the line tell them about recent challenges – and what they need.

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01.15.24

Ashanti's Future Is Bright in Ford Heights

Ashanti Johnson is pursuing her dreams in Ford Heights. Having recently participated in Cornerstone Community Development Corporation's workforce development program, she's working hard to make her future career a reality.

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01.08.24

This Is Why Chicago Still Needs United Way

Almost six years ago, Crain's Chicago Business published an article asking, "Does the world still need United Way?" Crain's was right that United Way needed to evolve. Five years later, under the leadership of President and CEO Sean Garrett, the new United Way of Metro Chicago has an entirely new model and is making a tangible impact across the region.

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12.18.23

Uniting for the Holidays Gives Food and Hope

More than 30% of households in Cook County have difficulty meeting their basic needs, including access to food. Uniting for the Holidays is United Way's response to this need, providing thousands of holiday meals and gifts to our neighbors throughout the Chicago region.

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12.07.18

Festive Fair Brightens Evanston Families’ Holiday Season

As Christmas music played and families mingled, Dayari Landa sifted through a table filled with children’s books, searching for the perfect read. The 9-year-old girl passed over Dr. Seuss and Shel...

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09.20.18

Dedicated Mentors Encourage Student Success

The academic and career trajectory of young adults growing up in the Chicago region often hinges on the support systems they can rely on. Some are born into strong, supportive networks of family and...

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10.05.16

Stay in School Initiative Kicks Off 11th Year

For more than a decade, employees from Exelon and ComEd have mentored an astounding 25,000 middle- and high-school students in the Chicago region. As part of an effort to fight dropout and high truancy rates in Chicago Public Schools, employees from the two utility companies are paired with students from six United Way community partners as part of the Stay In School (SIS) Initiative. Those agencies include B.U.I.L.D. Inc., Corazon Community Services, Gary Comer Youth Center, Project: VISION, Young Men’s Educational Network’s, and Youth & Opportunity United.

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