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.

Uniting for the Holidays 2023

Uniting for the Holidays returns this year from mid-November to mid-December with festive, “drive-through” events supporting six suburban communities with a holiday meal and gifts. Support the event and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families across the region.

211 Metro Chicago Connects Thousands of Residents in First Six Months

211 Metro Chicago was a decade in the making. The free, confidential helpline was launched by United Way of Metro Chicago, the City of Chicago, and Cook County in January 2023. 2-1-1 connects Cook County residents to essential health and social service resources and is a natural extension of the critical work we have been doing for 90 years – the work of meeting our neighbors’ basic needs.

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.

Power in Partnerships

When you look at the Chicago region, what do you see? Do you see the challenges that we face? Or do you see a promising future? At United Way of Metro Chicago, we’re committed to seeing this promise, a future with stronger, more equitable communities where all people can thrive. This can only happen when we come together. Because when we’re united, positive change is truly possible.

Virtual Neighborhood Exchange: Food Disruptors — How Innovation and Sustainability Are Feeding Our Neighbors

We have a food system that leaves too many people hungry or without easy access to healthy grocery options. At our next installment of the Neighborhood Exchange, meet some people who are working to disrupt the system by providing healthy, sustainable food options for our most disinvested communities.

2023 Stronger Neighborhoods Awards

Join us at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Wednesday, June 21 for a celebration of the commitment of business, civic, nonprofit, and community leaders to build stronger neighborhoods and a stronger, more equitable Chicago region. The 2023 Stronger Neighborhoods Awards presents the Andrew J. McKenna Leadership Award to Patrick G. Ryan, and the Corporate Leadership Award to Peoples Gas.

Young Leaders United Speaker Series: Fireside Chat with Curtis Reed

Join United Way of Metro Chicago’s Young Leaders United for our upcoming Speaker Series: a Fireside Chat with Curtis Reed, managing director and region manager for JPMorgan Chase’s Middle Market Banking team in the Chicago area.

Virtual Neighborhood Exchange: Behind the Numbers—How Inflation and the Economy Are Affecting Our Communities

Join United Way of Metro Chicago, the Baumhart Center of Loyola University, and Chicago Cares for an enlightening conversation showcasing different perspectives on the current economic environment and the ways it is impacting our Chicago neighbors.

New Faces and New Initiatives in United Way’s Annual Campaign

Campaign volunteers can tell a story about an organization. Who is part of your campaign? How large is it? What is the mission of your team? At United Way of Metro Chicago, we’ve found our story. And we’re excited to share it.