The Chicago Community Trust Steps up to GIVE5HERE with $500,000 Challenge Grant

Want to help families in crisis? United Way created “Give5Here” to do just that—provide more resources to prevent homelessness, assist seniors, build skills for jobs and more. And now, The Chicago Community Trust has stepped up to “Give5” in a big way with a grant that matches dollar-for-dollar every donation up to $500,000. Now, those who want to help people with immediate needs can double their gift through the Chicago Community Trust grant. “The Chicago Community Trust has dedicated significant resources to fight the rising tide of poverty, but individual giving through the United Way remains an essential part of our charitable safety net,” said Terry Mazany, president and chief executive officer of The Chicago Community Trust. “The spirit of giving back is the spirit of Chicagoland and through this challenge grant, the Trust can shine a light on the critical needs of local communities that are struggling to meet increasing demands for human services.” Give5Here contributions will be directed toward critical services such as food, shelter, crisis counseling and other needs in communities such as Ford Heights and Robbins in the south suburbs and Cicero and Maywood in the western suburbs. “United Way is grateful to once again partner with The Chicago Community Trust, which has been at the forefront of supporting the needs in our community,” said Wendy DuBoe, United Way chief community investment officer. “Each day, we hear new stories about people in our area who have had to choose between buying food and paying their rent. We hope people will take advantage of this opportunity, so generously provided by the Trust, so that others will have the resources they need to make it through this economic crisis.” Give5Here is a special fundraising initiative that ties into the power of collective effort. When large numbers of concerned people give as little as $5—and ask five friends to do the same—they can make a huge difference during these difficult times. To learn more about the effort, visit