A message from President Preckwinkle:
I want to express my gratitude to each of you who participated in Cook County’s 2021 Charitable Giving Campaign. During a time of great difficulty – through the pandemic, massive unemployment and social unrest – more than 350 Cook County employees came together, investing $85,000 to support the work of United Way of Metro Chicago, the United Negro College Fund, the Cook County Health Foundation, the Forest Preserve Foundation and 23 other community organizations.
Together, we are helping build stronger neighborhoods, supporting equitable opportunities in higher education for our Black and Brown neighbors, increasing access to high-quality health care and protecting our natural treasures. The impact of your efforts is clear – this year’s campaign raised enough funds to:
- Provide 95 laptops for students needing access to remote learning, legal services for 91 survivors of domestic violence or elder abuse and a year of early-learning, home-visiting services for 15 families through United Way of Metro Chicago.
- Ensure a full year of tuition for one student, room and board for three students and a year of textbook coverage for seven students through UNCF.
- Cover the cost of 82 annual flu and pneumonia vaccinations, 41 cholesterol screenings and 17 mammogram screenings through the Cook County Health Foundation.
- Restore two acres of native ecology through the Forest Preserve Foundation.
Cook County employees played a critical role in helping to build back a stronger, more equitable region this year – through steadfast work as civil servants and through charitable giving. The impact reflected above is only a snapshot of what we were able to accomplish together, and I look forward to seeing how we can build upon our progress next year. Thank you for coming together with support, humility and courage for all residents in Cook County.
Toni Preckwinkle, President
Cook County Board