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

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 […]

Volunteer celebrates 25 years with Chicago Cares

By alexandrabaird. Wed, 23 Nov 2016

‘It begins with one person reaching out to someone else in need’ When Celeste Davis was a child, her mom, a social worker, would take her along to appointments with a trunk full of non-perishable food items. “Whenever the kids saw my mom’s burnt-orange station wagon pull up, they would come running to her car, […]

How startups can get their employees volunteering

By alexandrabaird. Thu, 17 Nov 2016

At Chicago Cares, we help hundreds of companies get their employees volunteering every year, whether it’s at Serve-a-thon or a custom volunteer day. So we know that a lot goes into making a successful volunteer event – from finding a partnership that will make big community impact, to making sure the volunteers are well-fed! This week, […]

Join the Serve-a-thon $250 Fundraising Challenge

By mandeepbhinder. Thu, 19 May 2016

We’re just a little over a month away from Chicago Cares’ Serve-a-thon on June 25th!  We are so excited about the event, especially because this year is Chicago Cares’ 25th Anniversary. If you haven’t signed up to participate in Serve-a-thon, there’s still time! You can register here to be a part of a city-transforming day, […]

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