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 six suburban communities. You can help ensure thousands of our neighbors receive a meal and gifts that will brighten their holiday.

Meeting Basic Needs

The cost of food has risen over 4 percent this past year, after rising 11 percent the previous year, according to the Consumer Price Index Report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in August 2023. 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) transforms neighborhoods from the inside out. Today, we support more than 130 nonprofits throughout the Chicago region and work with hundreds of partners in 17 Neighborhood Networks in predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods across the city and suburbs. As we face the ongoing impacts of inflation and a volatile economy, community violence, and many other challenges, now is the time to do more.

Power in Partnerships

We have accomplished a lot together, but there is much work to do. Join us this holiday season and help provide a meal, gifts, and other winter essentials to a family in need. Now is the time to invest in continued progress and LIVE UNITED to build a stronger, more equitable Chicago regions. Together, we are committed to being part of the next chapter in which our community thrives, our neighborhoods rise, and people have the opportunities and access to the resources they need and deserve.

Join us and learn more about how YOU can make a difference this season at LIVEUNITEDchicago.org/uniting-holidays.