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For 25 years, thousands of Chicagoans have gathered at the Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon to work wonders for the city we love. On June 23, we’re keeping the good going at the 25th Annual Serve-a-thon.

In honor of this legacy of service, we want to thank you – our volunteers – for being by our side all these years. That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce the $250 Fundraising Challenge. Every Serve-a-thon participant who raises at least $250 will automatically be entered for a chance to win a fun prize package. It’s our way of saying thank you for supporting Chicago Cares and our special Serve-a-thon fundraising goal of $25,000.

You may not know it, but in addition to being the city’s largest volunteer day, Serve-a-thon is also Chicago Cares’ biggest fundraiser.  The money our volunteers raise allows Chicago Cares to provide hundreds of volunteer opportunities a month, impacting the city all year long.

Check out our Serve-a-thon Fundraising Guide to find some tools to help you fundraise, and use one of these sample social media posts to get the word out.

  •  Facebook: I’m fundraising $250 in honor of the 25th Annual @Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon! Your support allows @Chicago Cares to provide over 200 volunteer opportunities, free to the public, every month of the year. #DoMoreGood [LINK]
  • Twitter: On 6/23, I’ll be making Chicago stronger and more unified by volunteering at the @ChicagoCares Serve-a-thon! You, too, can #DoMoreGood by donating to my fundraising page: [LINK].

Remember, if you raise over $250, you could be a winner! For more information, please visit our website or contact We look forward to seeing you at the big event on June 23!