Students, seniors, adults with disabilities and veterans facing homelessness will all get some much needed support thanks to the work of 3,000 volunteers on January 14.

Every Celebration of Service volunteer—whether you’re cooking a meal, leading a group of volunteers or running check-in as a production assistant—should feel proud. You chose to give up your Saturday to support your community and make a real difference in the lives of fellow Chicagoans!

Throughout the year, Chicago Cares creates programs that serve those in need. Through our programs, volunteers serve meals to the homeless, run afterschool programs for kids, tend community gardens, spend quality time with seniors and much more. Chicago Cares relies on the generosity of individuals like you to fund these and hundreds of other programs.

Celebration of Service is our version of a fundraising gala—except that instead sitting down to a gourmet meal, we ask that you grab a skillet and serve breakfast to those in need. Instead of bidding on silent auction items, we ask that you invite your friends and family to support our work by making a donation.

Fundraising by Celebration of Service volunteers supports the work Chicago Cares does all year long. We will invest the money you raise directly into programs and building our capacity to serve more Chicagoans in need. This year your donations could help:

  • Sponsor Chicago Public High School students as they design service projects
  • Purchase supplies for a healthy cooking program for families living in poverty
  • Support a U.S. Citizenship tutoring class
  • Provide training for 25 volunteers to lead new programs across the city
  • Buy practical household items for low-income seniors to win as BINGO prizes
  • Fund transportation for a group of south-side students to visit the Shedd Aquarium

We hope that you’ll choose to participate in Celebration of Service fundraising over the next week. Event participants can start by sending emails to friends and family asking them to support Chicago Cares using our easy templates. Share your experience with your friends and family—let them know why you’re giving up your Saturday to volunteer with us.

Where you choose to give your time and money is an expression of your most personal beliefs, values and passions. We are honored that you choose to give your time to Chicago Cares projects. Please consider taking your dedication a step further by asking your friends and family to support our work.

Not able to participate in Celebration of Service, but want to support our programs? Make a donation today or consider holding a fundraising event benefiting Chicago Cares. Contact Development Manager, Sarah Holliday for more information.