Youth and Family Volunteering

Volunteering as a family is a great way to introduce children to the difference one person can make and instill lifelong values of service! Chicago Cares has ongoing volunteer opportunities for youth volunteers 8 years old and older.

How to Find Youth and Family Volunteering Opportunities
Use the filters on the left side of the search page to find age-appropriate projects.

How to Sign Up for Youth and Family Volunteering Opportunities
Youth volunteers 16 and older can create a member account and sign up for volunteer opportunities that they can attend on their own. Youth volunteers aged 15 and under must volunteer with a parent or guardian (up to two youth volunteers per adult). The parent or guardian will ensure there are enough available volunteer spaces for the project, sign up themselves, and then provide the youth’s name, date of birth, and email address in the special question portion of the project sign-up process. Everyone under the age of 18 must bring a signed youth waiver to each project they attend.

PLEASE NOTE: Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian to attend our family-friendly volunteer programming.