“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. 
You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. 
You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve….
You don’t have to know the second theory
of thermodynamics in physics to serve. 

You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some of last year's Star recipients: Stacey Collins, Bob Cordero and Sue & Ray Wynn.
Each fall we celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of everyone in the Chicago Cares community by recognizing exceptional leaders, volunteers and leader teams at our annual Star Awards. While we know that recognition is not high on the list of reasons our volunteers serve; we also know the huge impact that committed, excited and passionate volunteers have on our organization each year.
The support and service of our volunteers, leaders, community partners and corporate partners inspires us. The Star Awards is a fantastic night of celebration, inspiration and community stories; a chance for us to say “thank you” to the many people who make our work possible.

As we prepare for this year’s Star Awards, we need your help in identifying outstanding volunteers who deserve special recognition for their service to the city of Chicago. As you consider the Chicago Cares volunteers and leaders that you’ve encountered, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does s/he show a deep commitment to the ethic of volunteerism?
  2. Does s/he get others excited about the task at hand?
  3. Does s/he make you want to come back and serve again?

If you answered yes to these questions, please consider submitting a nomination for our Star Awards. We have separate nomination forms for volunteers, leaders and leader teams. Filling out the nomination form will only take a few minutes and will be a tremendous help to us as we seek out the best of the best at Chicago Cares!