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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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10.14.19

Las mamás de Cicero les enseñan a los padres la importancia de la educación temprana

Cuando niña, en México, a Sofía Gutiérrez le dijeron que no necesitaría educación más allá de la escuela primaria, por lo que nunca continuó estudiando. Pero a medida que avanzó en la vida y se transformó en madre de dos curiosos niños, se dio cuenta de que la educación no era algo frívolo, sino necesario.

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04.19.19

A Mother’s Fight Won With Legal Aid

A few years ago, when Jahnice Johnson would play with their son Ja-lijah, she kept noticing he wasn’t speaking new words or making new motions despite being enrolled in speech and physical therapy. As a young child with a developmental disability, Ja-lijah was entitled to educational and therapeutic services through Early Intervention — a federal program that pairs toddlers with a range of therapists to improve their skills. However, the providers frequently missed visits and Ja-lijah wasn’t progressing.

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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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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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10.17.18

It Takes a Village: One Center Helps Entire Families Thrive

In addition to preparing youth for academics, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning establishes a strong foundation for the entire family by pairing parents with family support specialists to help them create goals and plans to achieve them. The support specialists assist with families’ ongoing challenges, like accessing employment opportunities, mental health services and parental development workshops.

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10.04.18

Building Blocks: Youth Learn Life Skills with Legos

Courey, a 7th grader at Charles P. Caldwell Middle School, is one of about 15 students who meet twice a week after school to build and program robots in the computer lab of Gary Comer Youth Center, a United Way community partner in Greater Grand Crossing. There, the group of fifth through eighth graders from the South Side Chicago neighborhood learn the building blocks of academic success -- critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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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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09.18.18

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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09.05.18

South Chicago Students Splurge at Back-To-School Shopping Spree

For many families in the Chicago region, the annual ritual of back-to-school shopping can put their wallets in a pinch. The cost of school supplies, clothing and backpacks adds up quickly, especially for families with multiple children. To ease the financial burden and prepare students for their first day, United Way of Metro Chicago teamed up with Target to offer $100 shopping sprees to hundreds of local students in the weeks leading up to their return to school.

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08.13.18

Young Moms Head Back to School With Support from Association House

  As schools across the Chicago region get ready to re-open their doors, many students are packing up their bookbags and choosing their First Day outfits. At Association House High School in...

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