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

recommends  Art Smart at Brunson
"Art Smart is so much fun.  Sara, the volunteer leader, comes up with fantastic art projects each week and the kids really love to show their creativity and unique style through art at the project."

Wendy recommends Read-with-Me: Geogrpahy Edition
"Read-with-Me: Geography Edition at Young is always a blast!  At each project, you learn about a different country, create artwork inspired by the culture, and then make (or taste) traditional recipes.  It is so great seeing the kids make a connection to cultures around the world and try (and like) new types of foods."

 Martha recommends Art Around the World at Henderson
"If you enjoy learning about other countries and want to support creativity in students, this is a great program to attend!  Henderson Elementary is a long standing Chicago Cares partner that has a great group of dedicated volunteer leaders."

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!