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.

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.

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.

A Faith Story: Aspire Center Breaks Ground

Ten years after Emmet Elementary School closed, community leaders and their partners broke ground on the Aspire Center for Workforce Innovation in the school’s parking lot. More than 100 guests gathered in Austin to celebrate the next step in the development of this catalytic investment in their neighborhood.

April Food Day 2023 Collects 90,000+ Pounds of Food for the Southland

The Southland community came together at the Tinley Park Convention Center on April 27 for April Food Day 2023. Thanks to generous donors and 150+ volunteers, more than 90,000 pounds of food was collected and distributed to 10 local food pantries, replenishing shelves in advance of the summer months when donations tend to wane – but the need remains.

UIC Neighborhood Center Brings Hope and Services to Auburn Gresham

The long-awaited opening of Auburn Gresham’s Healthy Lifestyle Hub, a four-story epicenter of resources serving the Far Southwest Side community, brings more than tangible services – it brings hope – to a historically-disinvested neighborhood.

#BuyLatinx: Supporting Latinx-Owned Businesses in Our Neighborhood Networks

This Latinx Heritage Month, United Way of Metro Chicago partnered with our Neighborhood Networks in Brighton Park, Cicero, and Little Village to spotlight Latinx-owned restaurants, cafes, shops, and other small businesses that call these vibrant communities home.

CASL Raises the Volume of AAPI Voices

A little over a year ago, in the height of the pandemic, the Chinese American Service League (CASL) saw a need. Like many direct service nonprofits, CASL responded to families in crisis, providing food, clothing, PPE, housing resources, and financial assistance.