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05.30.24

Fueling Positive Change: Nicor Gas Receives 2024 Corporate Leadership Award

Nicor Gas is more than a natural gas company. For over 160 years, Nicor Gas has provided fuel for life. The company has stood by its mission, safely delivering natural gas to northern Illinois homes and businesses – while remaining committed to making a meaningful impact.

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05.30.24

Labor of Love: Don V. Villar Receives 2024 Community Leadership Award

The Secretary-Treasurer for the Chicago Federation of Labor was recognized for his commitment to strengthening communities across the Chicago region and serving as a champion for workers.

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04.30.24

100,000+ Pounds of Food Collected at April Food Day 2024

100,000+ pounds of food. 160+ volunteers. 10 food pantries. April Food Day 2024 made an impact. Our partners came together in the Southland to restock pantry shelves and support food security for our neighbors. Because everyone needs access to food to thrive.

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09.26.23

Letter from Our President: Five Years of Impact

Five years ago, Sean Garrett was appointed to lead United Way of Metro Chicago as president and CEO. Now, he’s reflecting on all we have accomplished together – and what's to come.

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08.14.23

211 Metro Chicago Connects Thousands of Residents in First Six Months

211 Metro Chicago was a decade in the making. The free, confidential helpline was launched by United Way of Metro Chicago, the City of Chicago, and Cook County in January 2023. 2-1-1 connects Cook County residents to essential health and social service resources and is a natural extension of the critical work we have been doing for 90 years – the work of meeting our neighbors’ basic needs.

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07.13.23

Deepening Our Impact in the Suburbs

For more than a decade, United Way of Metro Chicago has been working alongside community partners through place-based, resident-led transformation. In 2023, we deepened this commitment in the suburbs through the launch of four new Neighborhood Networks: Elgin, Ford Heights/Chicago Heights, Harvey, and Park Forest/Richton Park.

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04.21.21

A Step Towards the Justice & Restoration Our Society Needs

Our city, our region, our nation are at a pivotal moment where we need to do better. Not just for the communities of color that understandably feel that they are living with targets on their backs, but for society as a whole. Because we cannot be a great city, region, or nation if our fellow neighbors are struggling to maintain life's essentials like food, housing, jobs, and even breathe.

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03.15.21

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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04.08.20

Letter From Our President: COVID-19 Response Fund Update

The past two weeks have, in many ways, transformed our lives and our city. Yet, in such a challenging time, the thing that gives me great hope and inspiration is seeing how quickly our community has...

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07.18.19

Letter From Our President: Kicking Off a New Campaign Year

As we kick off a new fiscal year, I’ve been reflecting on how far we’ve come. Fiscal year 2019 was a big one for us.

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10.18.18

Get to Know Our CEO: Q & A with Sean Garrett

United Way of Metro Chicago’s Senior Manager of Communications sat down with our new CEO and President, Sean Garrett, to learn more about his passion for our work, vision for our organization and what he loves about Chicago.

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