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…

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…

Go Green

Green lights. Green socks. Green ribbons. No, this not a list of my favorite things, or my favorite color. These are the different ways that I am going to participate in the Green Light Project to bring attention to National Runaway Prevention Month. Every November, the National Runaway Switchboard partners with the National Network for…

Volunteering with Down Syndrome: An Interview with Julia and Michelle

At Chicago Cares, we believe that every person can have a positive impact on their community through volunteerism. Often, truly embracing this belief means that we need to learn more about specific communities to discover how to engage all people in meaningful service. A few weeks ago, our staff was delighted to welcome representatives from the National Association for…

Make a Difference Day: 10 Chicago Places Where You Can Make a Difference

Make A Difference Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday in October and connects people with opportunities to serve, increases the strength of communities and promotes civic engagement. In Chicago, you can celebrate Make a Difference Day on October 22 by volunteering your time at one of more than 35 projects throughout the city.…