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05.25.21

Evanston Cradle to Career Plants Seeds of Solidarity between Black and Latinx Residents

Abigail Aziza Stone, mother of two, has lived in the Evanston community for nine years now. During her teen years, Abigail brought together Black and Latinx youth at a local youth center. Walking...

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05.03.21

Austin Coming Together Brings COVID Vaccinations to the Community

Austin is one of Chicago's largest communities, yet residents have limited access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Austin’s lead Neighborhood Network, Austin Coming Together (ACT) has been able to respond to this imminent need through the city’s Protect Chicago Plus program that prioritizes vaccinating communities hit the hardest by the pandemic.

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03.19.21

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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07.10.20

Volunteering Goes Virtual

In many aspects, quarantining at home has been isolating these last few months. Fortunately, it hasn’t diminished our connection to our community — to you.  Since the COVID-19 pandemic began,...

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09.13.19

A New Outlook on Giving Back

PrintFriendly When she graduated college, Keisha Conway didn’t think she could give back to her community in meaningful ways. To her, investing in her neighbors required a big bank account or...

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06.18.19

Passionate Volunteers Power Philanthropy

Every team needs a utility player. At United Way of Metro Chicago, Joe Higgins is one of those teammates. Year in and year out, Joe invests in his community by giving his time, energy and...

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04.16.19

United Way Volunteering 101

In honor of National Volunteer Month, our Corporate Liaison Ashley Nicoson sat down with our Digital Content Specialist, Carley Mossbrook, to discuss why United Way of Metro Chicago is the perfect one-stop shop for volunteers who want to get involved.

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04.05.19

Corporate Volunteers Strengthen Community Ties

In a large warehouse just south of McKinley Park, Anthony Lighthall and his colleagues at National Futures Association (NFA) prepared for a busy day of community service. Outside of his human resources role at NFA, Anthony leads the company’s workplace campaign. He encourages his fellow employees to support United Way and facilitates service projects that advance our mission to build stronger neighborhoods.

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02.11.19

Tax Assistance Gives Workers Ladder Up to a Brighter Future

While we all hope that the worst of the winter weather will soon dissipate, another, often more dreaded, season of the year is upon us — tax season. For most people, the process of filing taxes is...

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12.11.18

The Changemakers: United Way Volunteers Make a Difference

  When she’s not sifting through spreadsheets in her audit department at KPMG, Sara Clancy lends her leadership skills to a good cause. As chair of our Young Leaders United (YLU) affinity...

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06.22.18

AmeriCorps Volunteers: Chicago’s Unsung Community Champions

With three academic degrees, fluency in five languages and a slew of certificates under her belt, Gabriela Juárez Domínguez has the skills to succeed in several careers. However, the Rogers Park resident is dedicating a year of her life to improving the lives of others in the Chicago region, serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the United Way of Metro Chicago.

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06.20.18

United Way Corporate Partners Give Back in Big Ways

It’s no secret that we have great partners at United Way of Metro Chicago. We’re able to join forces with some of the best, brightest and most benevolent business leaders across the region in our fight for stronger communities. While there are endless ways that our corporate partners invest in the neighborhoods we serve, we wanted to highlight a few that are making significant strides toward improving outcomes. 

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04.16.18

A City of Neighbors Gives Back

Chicago is not only a city of neighborhoods – it’s a city of neighbors.At United Way of Metro Chicago, we’re in the business of meeting our neighbors across the city and suburbs. We understand that people living in our communities of focus often know better than anyone what their communities need, so we dedicate our resources to helping our agency partners meet their goals.

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