United Way of Metro Chicago

Thousands of Meals. 8 Communities. 1 Great Cause.

’Tis the season to spread holiday joy! Join United Way of Metro Chicago and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families across the region who face the challenges of food insecurity. In partnership with local community organizations, Uniting for the Holidays returns this year from mid-November to mid-December with festive, “drive-through” events supporting eight suburban communities. You can help ensure thousands of our neighbors receive a meal and gifts that will brighten their holiday.

Meeting Basic Needs Amid Economic Uncertainty

The cost of food has risen over 11 percent this past year, according to the consumer price index report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in August 2022. Staples like bread, milk, and eggs have seen even greater spikes in cost. Families are struggling to meet their basic needs. Our neighbors living paycheck to paycheck are forced to make especially difficult decisions—groceries or medication? Gas or warm winter clothing? It doesn’t have to be this way.

At United Way, we believe in a dual approach strategy that (1) helps our neighbors meet their basic needs and (2) works alongside our neighborhood partners to create long-term, sustainable change and communities where all people can thrive. Today, we support more than 130 nonprofits around the Chicago region and work with hundreds of partners in 13 Neighborhood Networks in predominantly Black and Latinx neighborhoods across the city and suburbs. As we face the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, economic turmoil, community violence, and many other challenges, now is the time to do more.

Now Is the Time

We have accomplished a lot together, but there is much work to do. Join us this holiday season and help provide a meal and gifts to a family in need. Now is the time to invest in continued progress and LIVE UNITED to build a stronger, more equitable Chicago region where every person’s basic needs are met, neighborhoods can thrive, and our region prospers.

YOU can make a difference this season! Join us at LIVEUNITEDchicago.org/uniting-holidays.