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.

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.

Growing the Good: David Casper Receives 2024 Andrew J. McKenna Leadership Award

The philanthropic leader and mentor was recognized for his commitment to improving the quality of life for countless individuals and families across the Chicago region.

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.

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.