At the Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon, thousands of volunteers come together to paint, plant and revitalize Chicago Public Schools throughout the city. With a staff of just under 40 people, there is no way that we could coordinate all of those people on our own. That’s when our trusted Production Assistants (PAs) come to the rescue!

PAs are vital in making sure that other volunteers get the attention and direction that they need and help ensure that everyone has a great day of service! If you can’t commit to the entire day, or just prefer to serve behind-the-scenes, volunteering as a PA may be the perfect fit. There are opportunities for early birds and late starters; you can sign up for one or both shifts.

And of course, no matter what time you volunteer, all of our PAs are welcome to join us back at Daley Plaza for our evening celebration with free food, drinks and live music!

For Early Birds (6:30 am-10:00 am):


  • Meet and greet registered volunteers as they sign-in for the event.
  • Assist with youth and adult volunteer check-in process
  • Assist with Bus Ambassador check-in

Hospitality Crew

  • Help with behind-the-scenes operations such as bus loading and lunch distribution.
  • Welcome volunteers as they arrive
  • Assist with the volunteer check-in process
  • Labeling event buses
  • Bus loading
  • Distribute lunches to volunteers

Volunteer Assistance

  • Welcome volunteers and provide assistance at the information tent.
  • Welcome volunteers as they arrive
  • Serve coffee to volunteers
  • Assist volunteers at the information tent

For Late Starters (1:30 pm-5:30 pm):


  • Welcome volunteers as they return from service projects and assist them with the sign in process.
  • Assist with the bus unloading process
  • Help to check-in volunteers


  • Help with the set up of food and beverage tents and assist with food and beverage distribution at the after party.
  • Welcome volunteers as they return to Daley Plaza
  • Assist with the volunteer check-in process
  • Help to serve beverages and food to volunteers as we celebrate a day of service