Note: This page will be updated as volunteer opportunities are identified by Programs staff.
Thank you for your commitment to building a stronger, more unified Chicago. The best thing we can do right now is physically isolate ourselves, but let’s not confuse that with social isolation. There are still many ways we can step up to support our neighbors and make an impact, and Chicago Cares is here to help you to do that.
Volunteer. If you decide to volunteer, please be safe and consider the whole community, particularly those most vulnerable. Practice social distancing safeguards, wash your hands regularly, and stay home if you are sick. Statewide volunteer opportunities are available at the Serve Illinois, while Chicago opportunities include:
Consider giving blood. The Chicago Red Cross has seen an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations and they are working hard to ensure we have sufficient blood during this critical time.
Donate. The long-term impact of COVID-19 on the nonprofit sector has the potential to be severe. Your support of front-line organizations caring for vulnerable populations is urgently needed now, while donations are also needed in the long-term to all social impact organizations to weather the long-term consequences of this crisis and our collective recovery. You can also support Chicago Public Schools students by donating to the Children First Fund's Compassion Fund, which provides support for meal distribution, technology, toiletries, clean clothes, and assistance in other extenuating circumstances.
Check in on your neighbors. As more and more Chicagoans experience isolation, we encourage you to check in on your neighbors – especially those who may not have support networks or adequate resources. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed right now but building connections and empathy can go a long way in reducing stress.
Complete the census. The census in now available online. Census data directs billions of dollars of funding into communities each year, and Illinois is at risk of losing significant funding and two Congressional seats if we are not accurately represented in the 2020 census. Do your part while you’re at home and be counted!
Donate unopened personal protective equipment. If you have an unopened supply of personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, etc.), please consider donating it to health care professionals and essential workers who may be experiencing a shortage. Click here for more information regarding how to donate.
We encourage you to follow Chicago Cares on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn) to learn more about how you can socially connect with us even while we are physically distant. Chicago Cares will continue to be a resource for how you can make an impact during this crisis. When the pandemic ends, and it will end, let’s challenge ourselves to continue expanding our definition of what it means to serve one another so that the city can become more vibrant and equitable for all.