Julia Katz has been volunteering since high school, although her service with Chicago Cares began in 2008. Her experiences started with many different senior services programs and quickly flourished into volunteering on a regular basis. In 2009 Julia volunteered at her first large event with Chicago Cares, Celebration of Service. Since then Julia has volunteered as a leader for many Chicago Cares large scale events including Serve-a-thon and many business shares projects.

When asked what her favorite part of volunteering with Chicago Cares has been thus far Julia said “The large events are fun. There are tons of people, tons of energy, and tons of excitement.” Julia enjoys being apart of the service events. She says, “So much gets done in one day. We help so many people all at once.” Julia’s passion for service has helped Chicago Cares make an impact over the years in many different issue areas and communities around Chicago.

At the 17th Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon Julia will be working as a project site manager at one of 41 schools our volunteers will be beautifying this year. Julia will be a part of a team of ten other leaders at Hamilton Elementary School on Chicago’s north side. While working with over 200 volunteers and ten leaders, Julia will help with painting classrooms and murals, and painting the U.S. Map in the playground, among other tasks.

“Juila did a fantastic job. She is extremely enthusiastic and hardworking.  She was disappointed that she was unable to complete most of her tasks because of the rain, but wanted to return to do the map of the U.S. on the playground anyway.” Says Genevieve Sullivan of Chicago Cares – Serve-a-thon 2009

On behalf of all the staff at Chicago Cares, THANK YOU Julia for all your dedication and hard work. Your involvement and leadership skills help Chicago Cares reach more people with every event you participate in.