The Chicago Cares Difference

Nonprofit agencies and schools throughout Chicago need your help! Unfortunately, many of these organizations do not have the staff or resources to create high impact programming and coordinate large numbers of volunteers to meet their needs. Chicago Cares builds volunteer experiences that mobilize and inspire people to make Chicago a stronger community.

Founded in 1991, we mobilize more than 34,000 volunteers a year to meet Chicago's most challenging needs. Chicago Cares creates programs that foster civic engagement by activating and education volunteers to be agents of change. People who volunteer with Chicago Cares provide critical services to those in need and gain valuable skills that make them stronger leaders, better employees and more informed and committed citizens.

Over the past two decades, Chicago Cares has grown from a single service project to more than 200 ongoing group volunteer opportunities offered each month. Our ongoing presence in the community allows us to identify real needs in the neighborhoods we serve and ensures that the projects we create deliver a sustainable impact.

Your time is important. Our expert staff conducts community research, builds partnerships with existing organizations and plans all of the details to make sure that the hours you spend volunteering are used well.
You need flexibility. We know that schedules change but that doesn't mean you have to discard your goals to give back! There is no long term commitment required for programs through Chicago Cares, volunteers as often as your schedule and interests allow.
You can make a difference. We know that relationships are the foundation of meaningful volunteer experiences. Our programs are crafted to maximize meaningful impact for the organizations and communities we serve.
You will be supported. All Chicago Cares projects are led by trained volunteer leaders who are ready to guide you every step of the way and ensure that your service experiences are of the highest quality.

Next Steps

Getting started is simple! Just complete your free online registration, choose a project from our calendar and sign up! You'll receive an email with additional information from the volunteer leader for the project you selected. You'll also be able to use your account to monitor your volunteer hours and keep track of the projects you've chosen.

The staff at Chicago Cares is always happy to help. Contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.