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!

September Staff Picks


Meredith recommends Outdoor Revitalization at Hoard Park
"Gardening! Music! Food! Come volunteer and celebrate community with neighborhood leaders and residents. This project is a special event as part of Chicago Cares’ Project Community program in Greater Grand Crossing. For more volunteer opportunities in Greater Grand Crossing stay tuned to our calendar for programs starting in November (Dulles Elementary and Shiloh Church).”

Laura recommends LYDIA News Crew
“Breaking news … with youth at LYDIA home. Join volunteers and youth in a current events discussion.”

Rosie recommends Pet Therapy at the Covenant Home
"If you have a fun and sweet pet that loves attention and cuddles then you should make them volunteer too!  The Covenant Home is a great chill atmosphere for people to come and hang out with their pets and some loving seniors who don't get a lot of visitors.  Come on out and check it out!"


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!