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 over 200 group volunteer projects on our calendar each month, there are always plenty of ways for you to make a difference in Chicago!
May Staff Picks
Martha recommends Uptown Students on Stage
"My pick for May is Uptown Students on Stage. This drama program at Brennemann Elementary is currently our only drama program for kids. The structure is laid back, allowing students to have fun and build confidence through improvisation activities led by the volunteer leader."
Jessica recommends Serve-a-thon Volunteer Leader
"Serve-a-thon is the project I look forward to most every year. If you've ever considered becoming a volunteer leader, Serve-a-thon is a great way to start. Serve-a-thon leaders work on a team to manage their project and at the end of the day they're invited to an exclusive after-party at Daley Plaza with food, beer, and live music. Leading a project at Serve-a-thon is a ton of fun, and it's also a great way to get out into the community, get your hands dirty, and see firsthand how great an impact 5,000 volunteers can make in just one day."
Emily recommendsHillard Reading Connection
"I really enjoy our newest reading program, Hillard Reading Connection. The program is so easygoing, with really fanatstic kids who genuinely love to read. The ability to work one-on-one with the same child over time is also so rewarding."
Amy recommends Senior Birthday Club at Flannery Apartments
"This new project has something for everyone: if you like birthdays, seniors, and celebrating, come check our Senior Birthday Club at Flannery Apartments! This month (May), we will be trying our hand at line dancing, and next month will be a rousing game of bingo. Sign up and get your party on!"
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!