Chicago Federation of Labor calls for peace, issues anti-violence statement

The Chicago Federation of Labor on Friday called on union workers citywide to “work for justice” and help tamp down violence. The CFL is supporting organizations like HIRE360, which looks to connect people of color to union jobs, and United Way, which helps to “rebuild communities and struggling families.”

‘So much strength and passion’: How an Englewood nonprofit is getting funds to strengthen neighborhood programs

The COVID-19 pandemic is still exposing how many communities continue to struggle. One Chicago neighborhood is getting a huge amount of help, through a new partnership. CBS 2’s Steven Graves explains. Cecile De Mello does the long work of leading nonprofit Teamwork Englewood because of a love for her home and three young children. “I say to myself if I do a good job today, I’m one step closer making this a community where they can raise their family safely.”

April Food Day event celebrates giving, volunteerism in the Southland while collecting 80K pounds of donations

The Daily Southtown recaps April Food Day 2022.

Our Chicago: Recovery in Chicago’s Black & Latinx neighborhoods

Two years ago, the Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago launched the Chicago Community Covid-19 Response Fund. The goal is to raise money for non-profits providing emergency services to people most impacted by the pandemic. $35 million went to more than 400 organizations. Now, the focus has shifted to recovery, especially in Chicago’s Black and Latinx neighborhoods.

Give Time, Things, Support: 20 Ways to Make a Difference Around Chicago This December

This month, there are a variety of ways that community members can give back to Chicago-area philanthropic efforts and organizations. From monetary donations and volunteer opportunities to item-based donations—everyone has the opportunity to make a difference this holiday season and beyond. Learn more ways to support United Way of Metro Chicago.

United Way’s ‘Uniting for the Holidays’ expanding in the suburbs

Thousands of holiday dinners and gifts for children are being distributed through mid-December by the nonprofit program “Uniting for the Holidays,” which expects to reach about 4,000 families this season. The program is offered by United Way of Metro Chicago, which works with local community partners to set up festive drive-through events where families are greeted by Santa and cheerful volunteers.

Meet 2021’s Top Chicago Philanthropists

Make It Better Media’s list of 2021’s Top Chicago-area philanthropists aims to highlight those who put their philanthropy to work in those arenas. Sean Garrett, United Way of Metro Chicago’s President and Chief Executive Officer, is included in this list.

Elgin Covid Response Fund Announces Additional Funding Focused On Mental Health

Thanks to a generous grant from United Way of Metro Chicago, the Elgin Covid Response Fund (ECRF) has an additional $25,000 to grant out to those individuals, families, and communities impacted by COVID-19 in Elgin.

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services partners with United Way for annual Child Support Awareness Month campaign

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services partners with United Way for annual Child Support Awareness Month campaign.

Place Matters: How Collective Impact and Place-Based Investment Can Empower Communities to Lead

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, 77 to be exact, each with its distinct look, feel, food and people. Despite the beauty of our neighborhoods, there is a deep history of segregation, systemic racism, and disinvestment that shapes and manifests Black and brown communities’ societal issues across the city. I’ve seen what happens when you strip a community of the resources needed to prosper. I’ve also seen the impact of empowering communities to chart their own path through place-based investment.