Chicago Cares is very excited to announce the creation of the new Volunteer and Leader Services team! Thanks to our great Leaders and Volunteers, we are providing an ever increasing number of projects and resources to the Chicagoland area.  Due to this increased presence, the time has come to centralize a Volunteer & Leader department within the organization.  The creation of this department will streamline the volunteer and leader recruitment process for both our volunteers and staff.  
Our team “veteran” is Abbie Davis who has been working at Chicago Cares for the past year as the Assistant to Programs and Service Events.  She has managed our social media since last January and is very passionate about opening channels of communication with our volunteers. We are so glad that Abbie has accepted the new role of our Coordinator of Volunteer & Leader Services.  Managing the department is Jennifer Brown, a newcomer to Chicago Cares who brings 9 years of nonprofit volunteer management experience.
Two more new staff members have also been added thanks to our relationship with the AmeriCorps Volunteer program. Our new Get HandsOn AmeriCorps Member, Leader Services is Claire Dooms.  Claire is from the Chicago area and is no stranger to volunteering. She took part in a summer AmeriCorps program in Lake Tahoe’s Great Basin restoring, constructing and maintaining trails in a national forest. Rounding out the team is our Get HandsOn AmeriCorps Member, Volunteer Services, Lyzeth Mondragon.  Lyzeth’s varied work and volunteer experience includes tutoring and clerking for a law firm. 
The new team looks forward to getting to know our wonderful volunteers!