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!

April Staff Picks

Amy recommends Ginkgo Organic Gardens
"Winner of the 2011 Chicago Cares Community Partner Star Award, Ginkgo Organic Gardens is an awesome organic garden located almost under the EL tracks in Lakeview.  The food harvested at this garden goes to Vital Bridges- North, a pantry that distributes food to those residents affected by HIV/AIDS.  If you don't have a green thumb, don't despair! The friendly folks of Team Ginkgo will happily teach you anything you need to know.  Start spring off on the right foot at Ginkgo Gardens!"


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!