Join Chicago Cares CEO Jenné Myers for a weekly podcast discussing civic engagement, corporate citizenship, and social impact.

Episode 1: Interview with James Rudyk | Published June 15, 2020

Listen to the inaugural episode of How Chicago Cares. Host Jenné Myers interviews James Rudyk, Executive Director of the Northwest Side Housing Center, about what allyship looks like in this moment in time. As James says, “How can we use this moment and take it moving forward to re-envision a city, a community, a neighborhood that is more racially equitable. We have to use this opportunity to do exactly that. Because a lot of these small actions of small groups of people or small organizations coming together is what’s going to change the world.” Let’s get inspired to take action together!

Episode 2: Interview with Michelle Morales | Published June 22, 2020

On this week's episode of How Chicago Cares, host Jenné Myers interviews Michelle Morales, President of the Woods Fund Chicago, about how we as Chicagoans must create a "new normal" that is more equitable and vibrant for all. As Michelle says, “If you're volunteering [in a food pantry], why isn't there a question of 'Why is there a food pantry?' or 'Why does a food pantry even have to exist?' If people start asking those questions, it points back to the systems in place that create those conditions." Take a listen!

Episode 3: Interview with Pastor Chris Harris | Published June 29 , 2020

Listen to host Jenné Myers as she interviews Pastor Chris Harris of Bright Star Community Outreach about how service must be mutual in order to be transformative. As Chicago’s nonprofit organizations look to redefine service in an era of physical distancing, Jenné speaks with Pastor Harris about what he is seeing and how we can create service opportunities that center the community’s voice. As Pastor Harris says, "I'm working locally and making sure I raise my voice vocally in my community [...] but you have to have the heart to say 'I'm not looking down on someone else.' I'm looking over to my brother and my sister.”

Episode 4: Interview with Lindsey Evans | Published July 7 , 2020

Did you know that over $650 billion in federal funding is allocated nationwide based on the results of the U.S. Census? On today’s episode of How Chicago Cares, host Jenné Myers interviews Lindsey Evans from the Mayor’s Office to discuss why completing the Census is so important and how the City has pivoted its outreach efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you haven't completed the Census yet, there’s still time! Get counted at 2020Census.gov.