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Three Questions With … Shakita Read

We’re excited to continue our “Three Questions With …” blog series into the summer. As part of this, we’re sharing stories from the who’s who of our volunteers, philanthropists, and prominent Chicagoans. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Shakita Read. Shakita is a team leader for our One Summer Chicago program. She was chosen…

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Three Questions With … Rickey Layfield

As part of our “Three Questions With …” blog series, we’re sharing stories from the who’s who of our volunteers, philanthropists, and prominent Chicagoans. Today, we’re featuring one of our stellar One Summer Chicago team leaders, Rickey Layfield. Rickey grew up in Chicago’s South Shore and Woodlawn neighborhoods before attending Northern Illinois University. He’s returned…

Chicago Cares Executive Director Jenné Myers and ABC7 Chicago Reporter John Garcia take a selfie during the kickoff of the 21st Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon on June 7, 2014. © 2014 by John Zich

Three Questions With … Jenné Myers

We’re excited to continue our “Three Questions With …” blog series into the summer. As part of this, we’re sharing stories from the who’s who of our volunteers, philanthropists, and prominent Chicagoans. Today, we’re thrilled to feature Jenné Myers, Chicago Cares‘ executive director, who came into her role exactly one year ago. Jenné is a…

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One Summer, Our Summer – Uniting With One Summer Chicago

Summer’s in full swing, and we’re still coming off of our Serve-a-thon high. Thousands of people from different backgrounds came together and were united in action: To make Chicago and the communities a better place. They were also united in words. In fact, so many of our volunteers shared their stories that #MyChi trended nationally on…

Make No Little Plans

To all those who participated in the 21st Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon: You should be very proud. Because of you, Chicago is stronger and more vibrant. Because of you, life will be better for thousands of people. Daniel Burnham, the master architect of our city, forever reminds us to “make no little plans,” and I…

Chicago’s Largest Day of Service

Shoutout to Team BAMA, Team Gelber and all the other volunteers at Thorp Elementary! Today has been an incredible day of service, the largest of its kind in the city. People who volunteer with Chicago Cares provide critical services to those in need and gain valuable skills that make them better leaders, employees and more informed and…

Projects to Revitalize Our City

  Volunteers are working hard today to revitalize our city! During our 21st Annual Serve-a-thon, teams travel to different sites across the city, including Graham Elementary School in Canaryville. Teams are participating in projects such as painting, building, moving, sewing, cooking, and teaching. We are very proud of them. Chicago Cares engages tens of thousands…

5,000 Volunteers Serving Chicago

  This morning at 7:30 a.m., 5,000 volunteers gathered at Daley Plaza for our 21st Annual Serve-a-thon. All of our sponsor and community teams were there for the morning rally, getting excited about the big day. After breakfast, a performance by the Ray Graham Training Center High School drumline, and a speech and selfie with…

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Marathon of Service, Long-Lasting Impact

Five thousand volunteers. Twenty thousand hours of service. One day. To all those participating in the 21st Annual Chicago Cares, Serve-a-thon, get ready for the marathon of service tomorrow! Serve-a-thon is a day of teamwork, fun, and celebration. It’s also a day of tremendous impact. You will give your time and talent for one day,…