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.

Around the Southland: Area agencies offer a helping hand, and more

United Way of Metro Chicago, South-Southwest Suburban Region is holding an April Food Day donation drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12. With the pandemic amplifying the challenges many people face in meeting their basic needs, such as food, shelter and health care, a simple thing such as providing a few meals can make a big difference.

Our Chicago: Equity Across City, Economic Resources

Sean Garrett, President & CEO of the United Way of Metro Chicago, and Dr. Helene Gayle, President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, discuss how equity will be central to the city’s recovery.

United Way gets $250,000 pledge as it kicks off next phase of COVID relief

United Way of Metro Chicago is kicking off the next phase of its COVID-19 relief fund with a $250,000 donor pledge, hoping to add to the $35 million it raised during the first eight months of the pandemic.

United Way Fundraiser Aims To Help Chicagoans Hit Hardest By Coronavirus: ‘Families Are Still Struggling’

A citywide effort is focused on raising money to help families facing hardship during the coronavirus pandemic.
The March to Recovery, announced Monday from United Way of Metro Chicago, looks to support community organizations helping residents with food insecurity and mental health issues worsened by the pandemic.