It’s that time of year, when mailboxes gets flooded with holiday cards covered in smiling faces and annual letters letting you know what’s been happening over the past year. Like you, we love hearing what’s happening in the lives of the people we care about.

Even though we are an organization; our community partners, corporate partners and especially our volunteers feel more like family than clients. We have had the pleasure of knowing some of you for over 20 years and we always get excited when someone new is ‘added to the family.’ With over 1.2 million volunteer hours served since we first began in 1991, we have been honored to work with some amazing Chicagoans, strengthening our city, together.

Today, we want to share with you just some of the great things that people are saying about the work that you are doing with Chicago Cares. These programs and events would not be possible without dedicated volunteers and partners like you. So sit back, relax and grab a cup of cocoa; you’ve earned it.

“Because of Chicago Cares education programs our school is now open on Saturdays and resourced with programs, supplies, and adult volunteers so our students can be engaged in a safe environment.”
-Alice Buzanis
Principal, Jesse Sherwood Elementary School

“Chicago Cares provides a great experience for our seniors and they truly do appreciate the services that this organization provides. The seniors enjoy the bingo and breakfast event that Chicago Cares hosts once a month…  Our Chicago Cares partnership helps enhance the beneficiaries life experience by providing them the opportunity to continue to be social and interactive individuals, all of which has a positive impact.”
-Tomeka Burks
Margaret Day Blake Apartments/Clark and Irving Apartments

“Our guests appreciate the time people spend preparing and serving them a complete, nutritious dinner. Many live alone and don’t have the funds (or sometimes even friends) to go out and enjoy a dinner. Chicago Cares volunteers help our guests feel special and cared about.”
-Judy Kline
United Church of Roger’s Park

“Chicago Cares provides resources such as maintaining the garden for our seniors. This allows seniors that may have slight arthritis in their legs to be more active, enhancing their quality of life.”
-Sameerah Almanza
Flannery Apartments

These are just a few of the ways that your giving throughout the year has helped thousands of Chicagoans live better, healthier lives. Thank you and we hope to see you at a Chicago Cares project soon!