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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‘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 […]

‘Chicago is going to blossom and it’s going to bloom because of people like these who are volunteering’

By aaltiery. Tue, 18 Apr 2017

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 […]

Bingo is No Small Thing

By aaltiery. Thu, 13 Apr 2017

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 […]

Celebrate Earth Day with Chicago Cares

By aaltiery. Sun, 09 Apr 2017

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. […]

I have purpose and people that rely on me

By aaltiery. Wed, 05 Apr 2017

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 […]

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