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Chambers of commerce make final push for United Way

Will County agency needed $55,000 going into weekend

Businesses in Will County are on the last leg of a fundraising battle for the United Way of Will County.

The chambers of commerce representing Bolingbrook, Joliet, Lockport, New Lenox, Plainfield and Romeoville are competing for prizes and bragging rights by asking for donations from their members to help the United Way meet its fundraising goal of $3.74 million.

The chamber that raises the most money per capita wins the competition.

“Leading up through Monday, the chambers are asking their members who haven’t made a commitment pledge to get those results in by the end of the day,” said Mike Hennessy, president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Will County.

“They see the need,” he said. “They see the value of what we do for the community.”

The United Way of Will County is an organization that identifies areas of need in the county, and helps connect businesses and services to needy people. It partners with 46 service agencies, which help those that need special care.

The challenge ends Monday, but the winning chamber is set to be announced during the week of July 7.

Hennessy said the United Way has raised $3,687,125 so far. But with two days remaining, the chambers of commerce are making a final push to raise the remaining $52,875.

“A lot of companies have a lot of fun with it,” Hennessy said. “It really brings the workforce together.”

Any chamber member who donates will receive a social media “Shout Out” and a participation certificate designed by children at United Way agencies. Among other perks, the winning chamber will take over one edition of the United Way of Will County newsletter to promote businesses.

“We’re short of the goal,” Hennessy said. “It’s by the hour now. All the chambers are pitching in.”

• Go to
• Click on “CHAMBER CHALLENGE!” on the right side of the page
• Fill in the details on the right side
• Specify which chamber you belong to. If multiple chambers, the donation will be split equally

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