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Press Release

03.24.20

More than $3.5 Million in Grants Deployed to Local Nonprofit Organizations Serving Residents Most in Need

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund has earmarked more than $3.5 million in grant support to 42 local nonprofit organizations serving the metropolitan Chicago region. The Fund established by The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago in partnership with the City of Chicago has raised more than $13.5 million since its March 17th launch thanks to local philanthropy, business leaders, and generous donors.

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News Article

03.20.20

$10 Million Raised In Less Than A Week To Help Chicagoans Hit Hardest By COVID-19 Crisis

A new fund that aims to provide emergency food and basic supplies to people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic has raised more than $10 million since its launch Monday.In collaboration with the city of Chicago, the Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago will begin distributing money from Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to nonprofits in the coming days.

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Press Release

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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03.03.20

Working Hard While Juggling Jobs to Survive

Between the two of them, Brighton Park moms Princess Gonzales and Maribel Saenz work four different jobs. In the mornings, Princess is a parent mentor with Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC),...

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09.30.19

Financial Counseling Eliminates Barriers to A New Life 

PrintFriendly Following a devastating family crisis, Chris spent three years living in shelters around the Chicago region. Last year, upon moving into a new, transitional shelter, he found a...

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06.14.19

Together, Austin Community Tackles Unemployment

Last year, when Renay Hopkins lost her job, it was a frustrating and laborious effort to find a new one. While searching, she moved in with her grandmother to save some money. She recommended that Renay visit Austin Coming Together (ACT), a social service organization and United Way partner in her southwest neighborhood.

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02.11.19

Tax Assistance Gives Workers Ladder Up to a Brighter Future

Our partners are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with the 2019 tax season. Help your neighbors pocket their hard-earned money!

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08.30.18

Gaining Access to Working Wages

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06.16.18

Fathers Group Transforms Families’ Futures

When Lavelle Shaffer’s first son was born in August 2015, the young West Chicago native was struggling. He became homeless earlier that year after a dispute with family and had only recently found an apartment to call home.

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10.05.17

Accessing Quality Careers Through Trades

A study from Voices for Illinois Children found that 20 percent of Illinois workers are employed in minimum wage jobs, which currently pay $8.25 an hour. For many Illinoisans, that makes supporting a family arduous, if not impossible. But all hope isn’t lost.

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