We Believe in the power of Volunteering to transform Chicago.

We Believe in the power of Volunteering to transform Chicago.


Chicago Cares envisions a city where we’re all active participants, fully invested in the city we call home and the success of all of our neighbors. We see a future where all Chicagoans work together across divides to improve the quality of life for everyone and set our city on a path toward long-term change.


To realize this vision, we plan 200 volunteer projects open to the public every month, hundreds of corporate volunteer programs every year, and annual events like Serve-a-thon.


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Latest News

WomenOnCall has joined Chicago Cares!

By chicagocares. Wed, 03 Jan 2018

We are excited to share that WomenOnCall has merged with Chicago Cares on January 1, 2018. This merger brings a great opportunity to expand our skills-based volunteerism offerings and deepen our impact in the community, particularly in neighborhoods of greatest need. At a special Meet & Match event on February 7th, we will unveil Skills for […]

Find out how and where you can do even more good!

By aaltiery. Mon, 02 Oct 2017

Did you know that volunteers have better odds of finding employment?  Or that volunteering can enrich your sense of purpose? For sure, volunteering is a great way to develop yourself both personally and professionally. Volunteers learn and practice leadership skills, and are challenged to think about life beyond their own neighborhood and experience. That is […]

Here’s another way to volunteer at Serve-a-thon

By aaltiery. Thu, 15 Jun 2017

We understand that not everyone can commit a full day to volunteering so we’re offering an alternative. The Chicago Cares staff needs help making sure that the day runs smoothly and that’s where you come in. Sign up to be a Roadie. Roadies work in shifts. Choose from a morning shift, 6:30 AM – 9:30 […]

Join the Serve-a-thon $100 Fundraising Challenge!

By aaltiery. Tue, 23 May 2017

We are so excited to be just a little over a month away from Chicago Cares’ Serve-a-thon on June 24th! Haven’t signed up to participate yet? There’s still time! You can register here to be a part of a city-transforming day, but hurry – registration closes June 16th, or when the event reaches capacity. Did […]

‘It’s A Privilege and a Joy to Volunteer’

By aaltiery. Sun, 30 Apr 2017

By Nicole Amling  Fran Smith has spent her whole life working and volunteering for social service organizations, doing what she can to help those who are less fortunate.  Volunteering keeps her grounded, helping her remember that everyone has challenges in their lives and that we need to support one another.  Eight years ago, she started […]

‘I love getting to know them and building relationships’

By aaltiery. Sun, 23 Apr 2017

By Nicole Amling When you ask Shawn about his favorite part of volunteering at The Night Ministry’s Open Door Shelter, an interim housing program for homeless youth, the answer is easy.  “It’s interacting with the kids and the other volunteers.  I love getting to know them and building relationships,” says Shawn.  Once a month, Shawn […]

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