As part of our National Volunteer Week celebration, each department at Chicago Cares has spent some time working on a ‘Thank You Project’ to share with our amazing volunteers. We’ll be highlighting one of these projects each day over the next week. Today’s thank you project is from our Annual Events Team.

Whether you join us each January for the Celebration of Service, sign up to help Chicago Public School students each June at Serve-a-thon, or make a point to volunteer for both of these events; we want to say, thank you!

Since our first Serve-a-thon almost 20 years ago, we have had the honor and privilege of working with tens of thousands of volunteers who believe that their time and effort can help strengthen Chicago. By spending just one day volunteering, Serve-a-thon participants have revitalized over 5,000 classrooms, created more than 1,500 inspirational murals and organized countless library books; all of this improve the learning environments at under-resourced schools throughout the city.

And your impact doesn’t end there. Each dollar that is raised at Serve-a-thon goes right back into making sure that we can offer much-needed support for hundreds of local non-profit organizations through our on-going programs.

Thank you for spending your day serving our city.

Thank you for believing that every child in Chicago deserves a safe and welcoming place to learn.

Thank you for volunteering with Chicago Cares, your service has made all the difference!

Thanks to all our dedicated volunteers, from the Annual Events Team; Laura, Claire, Jessica, Jocelyn and Violette.