We are excited to share that WomenOnCall has merged with Chicago Cares on January 1, 2018. This merger brings a great opportunity to expand our skills-based volunteerism offerings and deepen our impact in the community, particularly in neighborhoods of greatest need.

At a special Meet & Match event on February 7th, we will unveil Skills for Good, the new program of Chicago Cares that leverages WomenOnCall’s skills-based volunteerism model and technology platform. Leslie Bluhm (Co-Founder of Chicago Cares) and Margot Pritzker (Founder of WomenOnCall) will speak onstage about the merger and the benefits of collaboration in the nonprofit sector. The evening will show the great value this merger will bring to local nonprofits, volunteers and the corporate community. Following the speaking program, more than 400 professionals will speed-network with 50 diverse, local nonprofits. The event will take place at 6:00 pm at the Chase Tower (10 South Dearborn, Plaza level).

If you are interested in participating in this kick-off event, please contact Andrea Ziel, Director of Skills for Good, at aziel@chicagocares.org.

Throughout this merger, our team will continue to offer the same great service, without interruption, and you will see even more opportunities to give back and find a personally-relevant volunteer project.

Why merge?
As WomenOnCall shifted its geographic focus to the Chicago community, the organization sought partnerships that could accelerate its work, provide efficiencies and offer its volunteer members even more value. For more than 25 years, Chicago Cares has mobilized volunteers to build a stronger, more unified Chicago. Both groups have a similar vision for the city of Chicago, and our combined organization will provide the increased technology, talent and scale needed to have a broader impact on the nonprofit sector.

What does this mean for you?
WomenOnCall has always been dedicated to creating opportunities for professionals to volunteer in a meaningful way. By aligning your skills, expertise and interests with well-defined, high-impact volunteer opportunities, we connect you with the right onsite or remote volunteer project.

That will not change. In fact, one of the most important assets WomenOnCall brings to this merger is its network of highly-skilled volunteers. We expect this community of skilled volunteers to grow through our merger with Chicago Cares — providing more ways for nonprofits throughout Chicago to build capacity and more opportunities for volunteers like you to benefit.

Stay tuned for more opportunities in the year ahead!

Read more about the merger at Nonprofit Quarterly.