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

People Power: Maximize Your Volunteer Program for Greater Impact

By alexandrabaird. Mon, 23 Jan 2017

Note: This is an excerpt from the Forefront blog, written by Rosie Drumgoole, Chicago Cares’ Director of Ongoing Volunteer Programs. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, in 2015 a staggering 62.6 million Americans volunteered 7.8 billion hours of service worth $184 billion to their communities.  In Illinois, 2.4 million people volunteered 287 […]

Chicago Cares certified as a Service Enterprise

By alexandrabaird. Mon, 09 Jan 2017

We’re pleased to announce that Chicago Cares has been certified as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light. What’s a Service Enterprise, you ask? A Service Enterprise fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. Research shows that for every $1 an organization invests […]

Help ‘Warm Up Chicago’: Donate hats & gloves

By alexandrabaird. Tue, 06 Dec 2016

Chicago Cares hosts Warm Up Chicago, the only citywide drive to collect hats & gloves for Chicagoans in need. While there are many coat drives, hats and gloves are just as critical for keeping warm and safe during Chicago’s infamous winters. This year, our goal is to collect 15,000 items to distribute to kids, adults […]

Why I became a Chicago Cares Supporting Member

By alexandrabaird. Mon, 28 Nov 2016

This is a guest post by volunteer John Nagle. My name is John, and I’ve been volunteering with Chicago Cares for about 9 years. I first picked a project at Ella Flagg Young Elementary, a sports league for kids, and it was pretty phenomenal. It was quick and easy to get started, and I instantly […]

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