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 […]
FOR THE CITY WE LOVE
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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‘Chicago is going to blossom and it’s going to bloom because of people like these who are volunteering’
By Alex Baird When Lisa Jung graduated college and moved back to Chicago in 2010, she wasn’t sure where her career would go, but one thing was clear: Volunteering would be part of the fabric of her life. “I’ve always been a very firm believer that in order to better the community you have to […]
By Ariana Altiery After Maureen’s father passed away 20 years ago, she sought out a volunteer opportunity with seniors. “I have always loved older folks,” said Maureen, who has been a Chicago Cares volunteer since 1997. “A lot of them never get visitors and I hope someone is there for me later.” Now, Maureen is […]
On Earth Day, April 22nd we’ll be gathering over 200 Chicagoans from all over the city for service projects. They’ll gather at sites like Albany Park, the Garfield Park Conservatory and South Shore to name a few. In addition to environmental projects, we’ll add Earth Day themes to some of our educational projects with kids. […]
By Ariana Altiery In 2014, Brandon was working in retail and facing feelings of emptiness and that “something was really missing.” So he did what most of us do: He went to Google. A quick search for volunteer opportunities led him to Chicago Cares. That day, everything began to change for Brandon. (Side note: How […]
Registration is now open for Chicago Cares’ Serve-a-thon! On June 24, we’ll gather 5,000 Chicagoans to volunteer side by side on the city’s largest volunteer day. Together we’ll spend the day renovating schools, serving meals to seniors, and more. Why volunteer? Because when we meet our neighbors, work side by side, and engage across our […]