Donor Spotlight: United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Donor Spotlight: United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

For this month’s Donor Spotlight, we’re proud to feature the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC), a long-time Thresholds donor and valued community partner.


Spanning six counties across the region, UWMC is the largest non-governmental funder of health and human service programs in the Chicagoland area. Like other United Way branches, UWMC goes beyond grantmaking, working to generate, convene, and coordinate resources across funders, service providers, government and civic leaders. UWMC’s work focuses on specific strategies in education, income, health, and basic needs. Through its Neighborhood Network program, UWMC is making strategic investments in select high-need, high-potential communities. The aim is to concentrate and integrate a wide range of resources within these neighborhoods to achieve systemic change.

Since 1988, UWMC has generously donated more than $1 million to Thresholds. Most recently, UWMC has made significant investments in the Thresholds Supported Employment (SE) Program, which helps our members find and maintain real jobs with competitive wages. UWMC funding has allowed the SE Program to expand its network of employers who create job opportunities for our members. UWMC funding has also helped launch our new Financial Self-sufficiency Initiative, which focuses on financial literacy education and benefits counseling.

We deeply appreciate UWMC’s commitment to supporting Thresholds members on their path towards recovery and self-sufficiency!

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