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!

February Staff Picks


Nancy recommends Programming at Young Elementary School 

"The energy at Young Elementary School, during Saturday children and adult programs, is absolutely energizing.  You can read with the little ones, experiment with science and explore culture with the middle graders, and play sports with the tweens.  There is even an adult technology lab!  Make sure to say 'hi' to Ms. Chandler, and Ms. House when you get there.  You will be welcomed with open arms!"


Emily recommends After School Adventures at Mercy Housing

"After School Adventures is so much fun!  At the project you really feel like you've made a connection with the students you're working with, since you're in small groups and are able to get to know them well in just a short time.  The kids are so appreciative of everyone who comes to volunteer and if you return more than once, they'll be thrilled to see a familiar face!"


Chelsea recommends Lunch with Chicago Women's Project-South

"This project is small so you really get to know the volunteers and feel the impact of your service.  Cooking a meal for a support group and listening to these women connect and share resources is truly heartwarming.  Everyone is so grateful for us to be there."


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!