“The time is always right to do what is right.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King has inspired generations to take action and improve their communities through service to one another. Each January, more than 3,000 Chicago Cares volunteers join together to celebrate his legacy and become living examples of Dr. King’s dream.

The Celebration of Service will be held on January 14, 2012. The event will kick off with an inspirational opening ceremony with special guest, Manuel Scott. Mr. Scott’s personal story is featured in the film Freedom Writers, and is sure to inspire. Once a high school drop-out, Mr. Scott now holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Trinity International University, and is currently working on his PhD in Chicago.

Following the ceremony, Celebration of Service volunteers will serve diverse communities throughout the city by leading interactive multicultural fairs for children, painting colorful murals, sharing stories with seniors, organizing school libraries and brightening community centers with new coats of paint.

The event is also an important fundraiser for Chicago Cares, and money raised through corporate sponsorship and individual donations make it possible for us to create, manage and lead more than 215 volunteer projects every month.

Volunteers include hundreds of Chicago Public School students, corporate volunteer teams of all sizes, community groups, alumni groups and individuals who want to make a difference through service.

We hope you’ll register today and join us for the Celebration of Service on January 14, 2012. We also have volunteer leadership opportunities available, as well as important roles for those who would like to participate, but can’t commit to the entire day.