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!

August Staff Picks

Amy recommends Pet Therapy at Wesley Place (Pet Owners and Non Pet Owners)

"Join us at this new project in the heart of Andersonville!  We currently have a very successful game night at Wesley Place and are looking to expand our programming here for the first time in July.   We're in need of pets and pet lovers to bring joy to some of the more home-bound residents of Wesley Place.  Join us Sunday, July 12 to brighten someone's day!"

Rosie recommends Senior Diners Club at TRC Senior Village

"If you love good food and good company then this is the project for you.  Come and enjoy a lively game of bingo with a fun group of seniors and prepare a delicious meal that everyone will share together.  This program is a lot of fun and perfect for the seasoned chef or the beginning cook."

Emily recommends Garden to Table at Mercy Housing 

"Come join us at this fun summer camp program.  We will be teaching kids about healthy eating and the meaning of eating Garden to Table. It's an amazing thing to watch kids try new healthy foods that they've never tried before."


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!