United Way Will County News & Events

United Way of Will County President & CEO, Mike Hennessy, retires after 31 years

It is with mixed emotions that we share an announcement this morning. 31 years ago, Mike Hennessy became the President & CEO of our United Way of Will County.

Over the decades, there is little he has not witnessed, overcame, or achieved: three business-model evolutions, highest revenue on record, community-solution incubators, devastating tornadoes, home explosions, and even now, a global pandemic. When faced with crisis or adversity, he did so with tact and grace and never lost sight of what was most important – our community, our partners and the very people we serve.

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Spirit of Giving Engages Youngsters in Acts of Service

JOLIET Ill. Dec. 3, 2018 — United Way of Will County hosted the second annual Spirit of Giving event on November 30th at Jacob Henry Mansion. More than 80 children joined in acts of service at “Santa’s Workshop” stations throughout the first floor of the mansion,...

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Little Black Dress Soiree to Inaugurate Women United

JOLIET, Ill. Jan. 15, 2018—The Little Black Dress Soiree, hosted by United Way of Will County, will be an evening of elegance, style and social change on Feb. 1, 2018 from 6-10 p.m. at the Renaissance Center in Joliet. Exactly one year following its 80th Anniversary...

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Will County United Way celebrating 80th anniversary

United Way of Will County will celebrate its 80th anniversary on February 1 in the same place where it held its first fundraising campaign kickoff in 1937. The agency, which supported 109 programs and 46 local non-profits in 2016, will hold a celebration at the...

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Habitat helps turn resident into a homeowner

Success is measured in many ways. Monica Smith is a social worker, mother of two children, and has a master’s degree in social work from the University of St. Francis. But it’s not just her professional accomplishments that make her story notable. Smith is a...

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