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10.13.21

My AmeriCorps Journey

Meet Jessica: As an AmeriCorps member this past year, she served as a multimedia journalist with United Way of Metro Chicago, using storytelling to serve the community and gain invaluable experience. Read Jessica’s story and the highlights of her service year.

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08.13.21

New Faces and New Initiatives in United Way’s Annual Campaign

Campaign volunteers can tell a story about an organization. Who is part of your campaign? How large is it? What is the mission of your team? At United Way of Metro Chicago, we’ve found our story. And we’re excited to share it.

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08.13.21

MacKenzie Scott Makes Largest Donation in United Way of Metro Chicago’s History

It is not often a nonprofit organization wakes up to a call informing them they will be receiving a $25 million unrestricted grant. Thanks to the generosity of MacKenzie Scott, United Way received that call and the single largest donation in the organization’s 80+ year history.

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10.04.21

Backpacks and Building Back in West Chicago

The weight of a backpack amounts to more than just pencils and notebooks. In a community like West Chicago, a backpack represents a student, a family and their access to basic needs resources. Amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the community has been working with students and families to make ends meet. The progress towards building back stronger continues.

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05.05.20

Hats Off to the Classroom Heroes

After several weeks of the coronavirus stay-at-home order, the governor determined that schools won’t reopen until the fall. This means that students will lose precious class time and miss...

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12.09.19

Spreading Holiday Cheer in West Chicago

Meeting our neighbors’ needs is a key part of our work to build stronger neighborhoods. As the winter season approaches, these needs are changing, and United Way stands ready to help. Last weekend,...

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11.27.19

West Chicago Music Program Molds Young Minds

Ludwig van Beethoven once said, “Music comes to me more readily than words.”  Like the renowned composer, David Ramos-Perez, an eighth-grade student and violinist from West Chicago, found his...

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05.07.19

Community Schools Equip Families for Success

Over the holiday season, Maria Robles, a West Chicago mom, and her son were suddenly forced out of their home. At a time when they should be celebrating, they found themselves in crisis. For help, she turned to Crystal Dela Huerta, a family liaison working in her son’s school.

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