Every year, we celebrate the spirit of service in Chicago at the Chicago Cares Star Awards Gala. This is our chance to thank you for strengthening Chicago through your commitment to children, seniors, adults and the environment. On this exciting evening, Chicago Cares will toast our volunteers, leaders, community partners and sponsors.

Everyone is invited to attend this fun-filled evening where we pause to recognize the best-of-the-best, the people who are raising the bar for what it means to be a volunteer. Of course, the most committed volunteers are often too humble to point themselves out for recognition, so we need your help!

If you’ve seen a Chicago Cares Star in action, please take a moment and nominate him or her for the 2012 Awards. Whether it was a positive attitude during unexpected circumstances, a kind word when you felt overwhelmed or an innovative idea that has left a lasting impact; we want to know who in the Chicago Cares community is inspiring you!

2011 Volunteer Star: Ildifonso Fuentes           Nominate a 2012 Volunteer Star!

2011 Leader Star: Melissa Degleffetti              Nominate a 2012 Leader Star!

2011 Leader Team Star: USG Serve-a-thon Team   Nominate a 2012 Leader Team Star