Featured Projects

Staff Picks

Once a month, Chicago Cares staff members choose their favorite projects to share with our volunteers. We'll tell you what we think makes these projects so special and then you can sign up and see for yourself!

Of course, with more than 250 ongoing volunteer projects on our calendar each month, there are always plenty of ways for you to make a difference in Chicago!

October Staff Picks


Meredith recommends Dinner at Sarah's Circle
"Join Chicago Cares volunteers at a new project at one of my very favorite community partner sites – Sarah’s Circle. Cook and share a meal with the residents – not to be missed, last month they clapped for volunteers all the way to the door"

Diara recommends Art Around the World at Dulles
“Dulles is our newest CPS school partner!  Our Art Around the World program will improve student's attitudes about their school and about learning as well as provide them opportunities to meet new adults and increase their social skills by working with peers and adults on activities.  We hope to see you there soon!"



Hot Projects are programs happening soon that still need additional volunteers. Programs listed in Hot Projects face cancellation without last-minute support from volunteers like you. When you Become a Member of the Chicago Cares community, we'll share a weekly email each Monday, informing you about upcoming events, Hot Projects, and how you can help us build a stronger Chicago!