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!

May Staff Picks


Rosie recommends Senior Diners Club at Lidia Pucinska Apartments 

"This is one of my favorite projects.  The residents are always so appreciative, and love talking, and eating with the volunteers.  Even though we serve 40+ seniors it's always fun!  If you've never been, go!  You will love it."


Chelsea recommends 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!"


Emily recommends Healthy Start at CYP

"Healthy Start at CYP is so much fun! In just two hours, you're able to teach two cooking classes to elementary students, building their skills and helping them try new, healthy recipes."


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!