0606_2Five thousand volunteers. Twenty thousand hours of service. One day. To all those participating in the 21st Annual Chicago Cares, Serve-a-thon, get ready for the marathon of service tomorrow!

Serve-a-thon is a day of teamwork, fun, and celebration. It’s also a day of tremendous impact. You will give your time and talent for one day, but your contributions will live on …

  • In the halls and classrooms of schools, where students will be reminded daily that people believe in them.
  • In the seniors with whom you interact, who will fondly remember sharing stories and memories.
  • In the public parks, which will be transformed into more fitting spaces for neighbors to gather.

Read below to see how community partners describe the impact that Serve-a-thon will make on their organizations and communities. And remember to share stories tomorrow @ChicagoCares using #MyChi.

See you tomorrow!

Jenné Myers
Chicago Cares Executive Director

School_sized“Chicago Cares volunteers help ‘model the way’ for our 840 students. They show our kids what it means to truly serve and do it with humbleness. Their work will have a lasting impression and impact on our community, because they help to create a beautiful place where learning is highlighted and students know people beyond our school care about them too.”
– Principal, Brighton Park neighborhood

“By working to maintain and improve the utility of our park, Chicago Cares is helping a very small group of neighborhood volunteers keep the park clean, safe, and inviting for all to enjoy.”
– Park Advisory Council member, West Town neighborhood

“It’s a challenge for school budgets to support projects like this so we are extremely appreciative that the volunteers are making an investment that will last for years.”
– Principal, Hermosa neighborhood


“The work done to clean up and improve our building and property will allow our residents to enjoy our outside areas during Chicago’s beautiful summer.”
– Supportive Living Community Director of Activities, Budlong Woods neighborhood

“Chicago Cares’ Serve-a-thon is going to further inspire students, staff and parents to dream bigger, reach higher, work harder and reach their academic and social goals!”
– Assistant Principal, South Chicago neighborhood