United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s 10-Year Plan

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A graduate of the State University of New York, Zariq Siddiqui works as senior manager of sales operation and strategy at the nutrition products division of Abbott Laboratories, Inc., in Chicago. Aside from his work responsibilities, Zariq Siddiqui donates to several charities, including United Way.

Established in 1932, the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago helps people get access to healthcare and education. It also seeks to give aid to the unemployed and hungry. It does this by connecting people through advocating and volunteering opportunities.

In 2011, the chapter created a 10-year plan called Live United 2020. This plan focuses on community needs and on education, financial stability, and health, as well as on basic needs, including food, safety, and shelter. In May 2017, the chapter announced that thanks to thousands of donors, board members, and volunteers, it surpassed the goals four years ahead of the deadline it had set.

-60,223 middle school students expected to graduate

-577,121 people became connected to a primary care physician

* 5 million people in crisis received help

United Way Supports 2-1-1 Program for At-Risk Individuals

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Zariq Siddiqui possesses over two decades of combined managerial and sales experience and leads Abbott Laboratories’ nutrition products division as its senior manager of sales operation and strategy. Outside his responsibilities for Abbott Laboratories, Zariq Siddiqui supports United Way, an organization that engages communities worldwide to support nonprofit initiatives such as the 2-1-1 program.

Serving impoverished and at-risk individuals across North America, the 2-1-1 program is a free, confidential service that helps people locate the resources most beneficial to them in their time of need. Accessible by phone or computer, 2-1-1 offices offer information and support for a variety of problems, including financial, health, disaster, and domestic-related challenges. In addition, it provides assistance and support for individuals in crisis who may pose a danger to themselves or others, such as in cases of substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, and physical abuse. The program also handles human trafficking cases through a partnership with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

Information provided by 2-1-1 operators range from referrals to rehabilitation programs and support groups to opportunities for employment and education. Operators also offer options for shelter and utilities assistance or assistance with reentry into society after spending time at a correctional facility, mental health institution, or rehabilitation house.

To learn more about 2-1-1 services, visit its website at 211.org.

United Way Hosts Concert Promoting Racial Justice

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Experienced sales executive Zariq Siddiqui serves as senior manager of sales operation and strategy at Abbott Laboratories, LLC, in Chicago. In addition to his activities at Abbott Laboratories, Zariq Siddiqui works in support of several nonprofit organizations, including United Way.

United Way, with the help of partner organizations and a number of musical artists, recently held a special two-hour concert and program that was broadcast across A&E Networks and 150 iHeart radio stations on November 20, 2015. The concert was put on as part of United Way’s Shining a Light initiative, which seeks to bring attention to racial inequality in America and provide tools to help communities address the issue.

Held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the concert featured a diverse lineup of artists, including Pharrell Williams, Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran, and Aloe Blacc. In addition to providing an evening of entertainment, the artists helped raise funds for organizations and individuals who are working to promote racial justice.