Chicago Cares’ largest fundraiser, the17th Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon ,takes place on Saturday, June 12. Volunteers, leaders, and staff have been working hard to spread the word, recruit 6,000 volunteers and get every Chicagoan excited about the city’s largest day of service.

Every donation – no matter the size – makes a difference to Chicago Cares.
Our fundraising goal: $830,000
Our fundraising progress as of May 7: $672,000
How can you take action to help us meet our goals?
Serve-a-thon is NOT just for corporate volunteers – we need all Chicagoans to step up and serve our city’s schools. Register for one of the Chicago Cares volunteer teams and take the $150 Challenge. Raise donations from your family and friends to help Chicago Cares continue our innovative and high-impact community programs [215 every month!]
With the help and support of dedicated Project Site Managers at our project sites, Serve-a-thon is able to make a significant impact to better our city schools. On this big day Project Site Managers are provided with the tools and skills to manage the large scale projects being held all over the city of Chicago. Volunteers at the site are then able to concentrate on bettering the schools and making brighter futures for the youth of Chicago.
Chicago Cares has two specialty roles where there is a need for volunteers: Roadies and Bus Ambassadors. Roadies will be most active at the kick-off event where their tasks may include distributing lunches and goodies bags, or being a runner for our registration tables. Bus Ambassadors will engage the volunteers on the bus to and from the project site. These roles are critical in keeping the volunteers excited and day moving smoothly.
Chicago Cares will engage over 6,000 volunteers on June 12. Even if you can’t join us on that day, you can support their work by sponsoring a volunteer. You can also sponsor the Chicago Cares staff team in their efforts to raise money for the programs they manage and help sustain.
We still need your support! Register as a Virtual Volunteer, create a personal fundraising page and raise donations from your friends for an organization that you care about. Help Chicago Cares reach our Serve-a-thon fundraising goal by sending easy e-mails with our online tools or posting on your Twitter or Facebook pages.