For over 25 years, Chicago Cares has strengthened the non-profit sector by providing a pathway for over half a million Chicagoans to volunteer and find their cause. Chicago Cares serves as an ongoing resource and connector for hundreds of local non-profit organizations every year through our calendar and customized programming.

Our goal is to follow the lead of community-based partner organizations, who are already doing incredible work in their own communities, and add our volunteers, capacity, and visibility to help make their mission a reality.

We know that we cannot achieve the goal of a stronger, more unified city alone. In addition to our hands-on volunteer projects, Chicago Cares also offers a suite of advisory services dedicated to building the capacity of our non-profit partners. Opportunities include:

  • Volunteer Management Training
  • Volunteer Leadership Development
  • Skills-Based Volunteers
  • Service Enterprise Initiative Certification
  • Board Matching

To learn more about becoming a Chicago Cares nonprofit partner, please contact us at

Interested in submitting a volunteer opportunity to be posted on our referral calendar? Please fill out our Memorandum of Understanding and Project Description forms and send to Please note that we do ask for 3 - 4 weeks' notice for referral opportunities.