Join Chicago Cares in volunteering to build a stronger, more unified Chicago. We believe volunteering should be the start of a journey toward equity in our city. Our programs are intentionally designed to help you increase your involvement over time, setting you on a path from connection to education to action in three engagement types:

  • Building Connections: Connect with Chicagoans through service and collaborate to solve challenges facing our city.

  • Deepening Knowledge: Strengthen your relationships with neighbors and learn more about the assets and challenges of Chicago’s neighborhoods.

  • Championing Your Cause: Take deeper action on an issue important to you, whether through advocacy, organizing, or other change efforts.

Volunteer projects can be found in the following cause areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Housing and Homelessness, Jobs and Economic Development, and Public Safety. Ready to get started? Select a cause area and get started on your pathway from connection to civic action today. Here are all the ways to volunteer with Chicago Cares:

Hands-On Volunteer Projects: Our free, online calendar offers up to 200 group volunteer projects every month. Meet our city’s most pressing needs, learn about a new non-profit and neighborhood, meet new people, and find new ways to engage in your community. Sign up to volunteer today!

Skills-Based Volunteer Projects: Leverage your unique skills to benefit your community and meet the strategic needs of Chicago non-profits. Use your expertise for good on independent projects ranging from marketing to management to finance. Projects require approximately 10 hours of service or less. Search available opportunities here

Volunteer Leadership Opportunities: Make a regular commitment at your favorite Chicago Cares project and build essential leadership skills through our unique series of leadership trainings. For more information, contact info@chicagocares.org.

Volunteer with Your Company: Chicago Cares builds customized corporate volunteer projects that help companies engage employees in service and make a meaningful impact in the community. For more information, contact development@chicagocares.org.