Uniting for the Holidays Brightens the Season for 3,000+ Families

Shop Local, Make a Difference

Whether shopping for the holidays or looking for gift ideas year-round, make a difference with each purchase! Give a gift that gives back by supporting these local social enterprises founded by some of United Way of Metro Chicago’s nonprofit partners.

BPNC Immigrant Program Encourages Residents to Stay in the Neighborhood

Brighton Park is a family-oriented community made up of immigrants. With neighborhoods shifting due to gentrification, immigrant families seek to stay connected to their new communities and their culture.

South Chicago’s UNITY Squad Program Keeps Youth Engaged This Summer

Our partners in the South Chicago Neighborhood Network offer a youth program called UNITY Squad to keep young people engaged and learning over the summer months. UNITY Squad serves children ages 14-16 and helps members gain core leadership and development skills.

Bronzeville Healing Symposium Marks the Beginning of New Initiative

Elgin Initiative Engages Children Through Learning This Summer

This summer our community partner, Elgin Partnership for Early Learning (EPEL), is creating safe learning spaces to engage children. The initiative called Learning On the Go supports and educates neighborhood children who are harder to reach.

Revitalizing Auburn Gresham: One Organization Changes a Community’s Landscape

Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC), United Way’s lead community partner in the Auburn Gresham Neighborhood Network, is an essential pillar to the neighborhood’s economy.

LGBTQIA+ Organization Expands Reach Across Chicago through COVID Response

Historically, Howard Brown Health Center has been a site for the LGBTQ community, known for their health care and research. Founded in 1974, Howard Brown has become one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) organizations. However, in just one year, they have been a leader in COVID response and recovery on the South and West Sides of Chicago.

Cicero Community Collaborative y AmeriCorps facultan a los jóvenes para liderar

El programa AmeriCorps de United Way of Metro Chicago inspira a los voluntarios a convertirse en líderes comunitarios al marcar una diferencia en las comunidades donde viven y trabajan.

Cicero Community Collaborative and AmeriCorps Empower Youth to Lead