I Care fundraiser

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.…

I Care fundraiser

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…

Message from Our Executive Director: WE Make a Difference

It’s hard to put 2012 in perspective just a few days after 27 people were gunned down in Connecticut (including 20 six and seven year olds), not to mention the dozens of Chicago children killed by violence every year. We start to feel like violence is all around us. I’m sure I’m not the only…

Planting Seeds for Change in Chicago

Each year, the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS) convenes to celebrate and connect service organizations throughout the country and promote education on civic engagement and corporate volunteering. A key component to each conference is a service project that supports community initiatives in the host city. This year, we were thrilled to welcome NCVS to Chicago and…

National Volunteer Week Round Up

Last week we celebrated National Volunteer Week by taking time each day to thank the tens of thousands of you who help make our work possible. Whether you volunteer through your company, lead an ongoing project, give a monthly donation, or all of the above; we appreciate all you do for Chicago Cares! Many departments throughout…

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…