Resolve to be the solution.

Volunteerism changes people—those served but also those who serve. Volunteering makes each of us better informed and more civically engaged. It makes us stronger leaders when we’re able to apply skills we learn on projects to other aspects of our lives. Service changes our city but it also changes us. When we serve we learn.…

Join the movement.

In 1991, Chicago Cares sparked a movement. Since then, we’ve mobilized 500,000 volunteers. We’ve offered meaningful programming that has supported hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans in need. Chicago Cares is the only nonprofit that comprehensively addresses our city’s critical needs through service — across issue areas, across communities and across demographics. And you are key…

One America Event Inspires in Many Ways

As the new Interim Executive Director, a former board member, and a long-time fan of Chicago Cares, I’m proud that we were selected to participate in a national campaign, “One America,” with our friends Points of Light and JPMorgan Chase & Co. This morning, we hosted more than 150 community partners, business leaders, service advocates, and…

Volunteering When You’re Unemployed

It’s every potential employee’s worst nightmare: sitting down at an interview and hearing, “So I see you have a gap on your résumé. Can you explain that to me?”  This was me, almost two years ago, when I first interviewed at Chicago Cares.  I graduated from college when the economy wasn’t the greatest.  My friends…