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.

Neighborhood Networks: A Decade of Transformation

When we invest in our communities, we are in it for the long haul. Because change does not happen overnight. United Way of Metro Chicago’s Neighborhood Network Initiative reflects this commitment, combining long-term strategy with place-based, community-led efforts to drive neighborhood transformation.

Comcast’s Internet Essentials Connects Families in Cicero and Brighton Park

Digital technology has become almost essential for navigating daily life in today’s world. More than just a convenience, the internet provides connection to opportunities—to work, education, health care, banking, and more.

ITW Deepens Community Impact through Commit to a Neighborhood

ITW’s legacy began with a magazine ad. Chicago financer Byron L. Smith was interested in investing in a manufacturing business in the early 1910s and ran an ad in The Economist. A small group of tool inventors responded, and Illinois Tool Works (ITW) was born.

Fortitude through Public Art in Bronzeville

Located on the South Side of Chicago, the Bronzeville neighborhood—one of United Way of Metro Chicago’s Neighborhood Networks—is historically known as the “Black Metropolis,” a hub of Black business and culture.

The Seigle Legacy: Giving Back in Elgin

Communities Reconnect through Holiday Traditions and Service

All throughout the city and suburban region—no matter the circumstances—people have found ways to connect and support each other, to celebrate diverse cultural traditions and our shared humanity, from tree and Menorah lightings to parades and winter markets.

My AmeriCorps Journey

Meet Jessica: As an AmeriCorps member this past year, she served as a multimedia journalist with United Way of Metro Chicago, using storytelling to serve the community and gain invaluable experience. Read Jessica’s story and the highlights of her service year.

Backpacks and Building Back in West Chicago

The weight of a backpack amounts to more than just pencils and notebooks. In a community like West Chicago, a backpack represents a student, a family and their access to basic needs resources. Amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the community has been working with students and families to make ends meet. The progress towards building back stronger continues.

Peace Initiatives Cultivate Unity in Little Village

Esmeralda Gonzalez has a vision that one day when you Google search Little Village, the results are not shrouded by negativity or news of violence but instead are filled with stories that celebrate stories that celebrate the community’s rich Latinx heritage and culture.