Chicago Gets Much-Needed Help As Domestic Violence Surges During Pandemic

Reports of domestic violence in Chicago have surged by 15 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic as couples and families are quarantining at home. Survivors are also facing income and job loss, making it even more difficult to afford to leave an abusive situation.

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Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation founder and United Way of Metro Chicago to call for business leaders to make racially equitable investments

On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the founder of Truth, Healing & Racial Transformation (TRHT) will join with United Way (UW) of Metro Chicago to call on business leaders to address racial inequality.

United Way of Illinois Launches ’21 Week Equity Challenge’

United Way of Illinois is launching a ’21 Week Equity Challenge’ this week. Following a year of unrest and strife, this free, online learning program will provide lessons and resources for Illinoisians to learn about racial issues and systemic inequalities, together.

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Drive-through food giveaway provides holiday dinner for 500 families in Elgin

Over 350 cars lined up, some hours early, for a drive-through holiday dinner giveaway at the Elgin Sports Complex Tuesday. “Uniting for the Holidays,” a United Way program sponsored locally by Seigle’s Cabinet Center and the Seigle Family Foundation, provided frozen turkeys and side dishes for 500 families in need during the giveaway, in addition to tote bags with masks and hand sanitizers, backpacks for kids, diapers, children’s books and more.

Chicago nonprofit gets $25 million from MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Jeff Bezos

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is getting its biggest gift ever—$25 million, from MacKenzie Scott, a novelist and the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Uniting for the Holidays bringing meals to people in need in Elgin Tuesday

Five hundred Elgin-area families will receive dinner for the holidays thanks to the United Way. “Uniting for the Holidays” is billed as a “festive drive-through event” where dinners and other necessities are being distributed to people in need on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chicago organizations benefit from MacKenzie Scott’s generosity

United Way of Metro Chicago announced this week Scott has donated $25 million, the single largest donation in the organization’s history. “To have this $25 million investment come completely unexpectedly from MacKenzie Scott was just remarkable and overwhelming in what it means for our community,” said Sean Garrett, United Way’s local president & CEO.

MacKenzie Scott donates $25M to United Way Chicago

MacKenzie Scott has donated a record amount to United Way of Chicago. The philanthropist, and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, donated $25 million to the organization. That is the single largest donation in the organization’s history.