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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.



Upcoming Events

Check out some of our big events:



Join the 25th Annual Serve-a-thon Fundraising Challenge!

By chicagocares. Thu, 24 May 2018

For 25 years, thousands of Chicagoans have gathered at the Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon to work wonders for the city we love. On June 23, we’re keeping the good going at the 25th Annual Serve-a-thon. In honor of this legacy of service, we want to thank you – our volunteers – for being by our side […]

The Makings of a Strong Partnership: Chicago Cares and LISC Chicago

By chicagocares. Thu, 10 May 2018

In 2017, Chicago Cares, the city’s number one provider of impact volunteerism and corporate volunteer activation, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago the local office of the nation’s leading community development support organization, joined forces to accelerate impact in Chicago neighborhoods where both organizations were operating. We knew, instinctively, that we would get farther […]

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 […]

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