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…

Getting to Know Serve-a-thon Schools: Part 2

In Chicago’s historic Washington Park neighborhood you’ll find the thriving school community that is (Betsy) Ross Elementary. The mission of the school is to “provide education to students that is of high quality and definitive; making each student strive to reach his/her highest potential.” With over 98% of the enrolled students coming from low-income households…

El Jardin de las Mariposas: A Journey to Mexico Without Ever Leaving Chicago

Located in the Pilsen neighborhood, El Jardin de las Mariposas brings the culture of the neighborhood into their garden. First occupied by old buildings and then used as a dumping ground; two members of the Pilsen Community, Virginia Dan and Teresa Medina, felt that this empty lot had the potential of being turned into green space for…

Volunteering Outside Your Comfort Zone

As program coordinators at Chicago Cares, my coworkers and I often receive emails from volunteers who are interested in a particular volunteer project but are wondering if the neighborhood where the project is located is safe. At Chicago Cares, we don’t deny that some neighborhoods have a better reputation than others. We do, however, encourage volunteers to…

Commemorating 9/11 with Service to Students

Last weekend, volunteers across the country joined together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with service to their communities. At Chicago Cares, we were honored to be able to offer over 60 service projects throughout the National Week of Service and Remembrance, highlighting issues of education, hunger, homelessness, senior services and the environment. Our…