Paying It Forward: Hannah Hayes Gives Back

“Can you tell I love the Southland?” Hannah Hayes shares her story about the region that has shaped who she is today – and why she gives back through United Way and April Food Day.

Women’s History Month: “United Way Became a Part of Me”

Amy Attenberger gave $30 to United Way 20 years ago. Today, she is leading Kimberly-Clark’s employee giving campaign. Amy shares her story and how United Way became her charity of choice.

Black Entrepreneurs Drive Innovation on the South Side

This Black History Month, we honor and celebrate Black creativity and innovation – including local entrepreneurs who lead their businesses with passion and purpose.

211 Metro Chicago Celebrates One Year of Impact

The 211 Metro Chicago contact center is calm, almost peaceful. The 2-1-1 team is anything but idle, though. Each Resource Navigator keeps their voice low so their colleagues in cubicles nearby can field calls without distraction. They’re patient and poised as they listen to someone on the other end of the line tell them about recent challenges – and what they need.

Ashanti’s Future Is Bright in Ford Heights

Ashanti Johnson is pursuing her dreams in Ford Heights. Having recently participated in Cornerstone Community Development Corporation’s workforce development program, she’s working hard to make her future career a reality.

Uniting for the Holidays Gives Food and Hope

More than 30% of households in Cook County have difficulty meeting their basic needs, including access to food. Uniting for the Holidays is United Way’s response to this need, providing thousands of holiday meals and gifts to our neighbors throughout the Chicago region.

Celebrating Our Campaign Cabinet Volunteers

Our 2023/2024 Campaign Cabinet members are leading the charge on workplace giving. These dedicated volunteers are passionate about United Way of Metro Chicago’s mission – and energizing their colleagues to join them as we work together to create a Chicago region where all people can thrive.

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.

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.

Comcast Advances Digital Equity

Bridging the digital divide is crucial for building thriving communities. United Way of Metro Chicago and Comcast are helping get more Cook County residents online – and connected to essential resources.