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.

211 Metro Chicago Celebrates One Year of Impact

The 211 Metro Chicago contact center is calm, almost peaceful. The 2-1-1 team is anything but idle, though. Each Resource Navigator keeps their voice low so their colleagues in cubicles nearby can field calls without distraction. They’re patient and poised as they listen to someone on the other end of the line tell them about recent challenges – and what they need.

This Is Why Chicago Still Needs United Way

Almost six years ago, Crain’s Chicago Business published an article asking, “Does the world still need United Way?” Crain’s was right that United Way needed to evolve. Five years later, under the leadership of President and CEO Sean Garrett, the new United Way of Metro Chicago has an entirely new model and is making a tangible impact across the region.

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.

Celebrating Our Campaign Cabinet Volunteers

Our 2023/2024 Campaign Cabinet members are leading the charge on workplace giving. These dedicated volunteers are passionate about United Way of Metro Chicago’s mission – and energizing their colleagues to join them as we work together to create a Chicago region where all people can thrive.

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.

Letter from Our President: Five Years of Impact

Five years ago, Sean Garrett was appointed to lead United Way of Metro Chicago as president and CEO. Now, he’s reflecting on all we have accomplished together – and what’s to come.

211 Metro Chicago Is Meeting a Critical Need – And There Is More We Can Do

United Way of Metro Chicago had been working to launch a 211 helpline for the region for more than a decade. Now, eight months into operating it and serving as Executive Director, I see the benefit 211 is having and understand now more than ever the unique nature of the needs facing Chicagoans and Cook County residents.