United Way of the North Shore Kicks-off Annual Fundraising Campaign

This month the United Way of the North Shore is kicking-off its annual campaign to support services that bring positive, lasting change to communities. This year’s goal is to raise $1 million locally. Despite its reputation, the North Shore area is not immune to the current economic crisis.  Food pantries throughout the region have seen demand reach unprecedented levels.  Pockets of homelessness, especially in Evanston, are growing rapidly.  The rising unemployment, combined with a depressed real estate market is also negatively impacting many North Shore communities. As the largest non-government funder of health and human services, United Way does what no single organization alone can do to address the key issues people face around income, education and health. However, the programs and charities funded by United Way are serving more clients with fewer resources. “We hope that residents in each of our North Shore communities consider increasing their financial support to United Way,” said John Ropiequet, United Way of the North Shore Board of Directors President. “The time to give has never been greater. While we can’t eradicate all of the need in our area, we can certainly make a difference.” To find out how you can help, contact the United Way of the North Shore office at (847) 999-2990, or visit our website  to make an electronic pledge. About the United Way of the North Shore: United Way of the North Shore improves the lives of people in need by mobilizing the caring and financial power of communities. Serving the communities of Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Northfield, Highland Park, Highwood, Fort Sheridan, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, United Way of the North Shore engages local volunteers to work together to invest the time, leadership and resources needed to make long-lasting change, so that people can become independent.