In less than a week, thousands of excited volunteers will descend upon Daley Plaza, ready to serve at 24 sites across the city, improving learning environments for over 15,000 Chicago Public School students.

To staff members, Serve-a-thon means a lot of different things: long hours, lack of sleep, setting aside our usual projects to count banners or print name tags; but mostly Serve-a-thon reminds each of us why we do what we do.

While it’s true that the work is hard, there are few things as rewarding as knowing that your efforts will be increased exponentially when thousands of volunteers show up to take the baton and run with it. Seeing site representatives, sponsors and volunteers honor our efforts by giving so much of themselves to impact the lives of over 15,000 students is truly inspiring.

Your service embodies a belief that we hold dear at Chicago Cares; the work of a few can impact the lives of many. We hope to see you at Chicago’s largest day of service, Serve-a-thon. We promise that you will leave physically exhausted and throughly inspired. In just one day, Serve-a-thon volunteers WILL make a difference and that impact is even greater when you join us.

Registration closes tonight at midnight, so sign up for Serve-a-thon TODAY!