Today we asked you to lend us a hand –literally!

This year, we rolled out the paint early for the first-ever Chicago Cares Helping Hands art display. Armed with a canvas of Chicago, some latex gloves and washable paint, Chicago Cares took over the Plaza at Two North Riverside and asked passersby to share their handprints as a show of support for Serve-a-thon, the city’s largest day of service.

We had a great time as fearless executives, delivery drivers, parents and everyone in between stopped by to show their support on our visual tribute to the vibrant community of Chicago volunteers who are the heart of our city. We were thrilled to be able to share news about Serve-a-thon and reminisce about the 20 years we have been privileged to spend in service to this amazing city.

We are grateful that Rick Kogan from WGN Radio and the Chicago Tribune was able to join us as our emcee, and special guests from Serve-a-thon sponsors Siemens and Northwestern Medicine were on hand to help our staff spread the word.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this fantastic event; we asked you to lend us a hand and you did more than we had ever imagined! We hope to see you at Serve-a-thon in June, where the paint will be flowing, but this time to benefit the deserving students of Chicago Public Schools.