Chicago Cares' Serve-a-thon is about volunteering a hard day's work to make Chicago a little brighter and more unified. Here are the ways you can get involved:


You can participate with your company, a group of friends or by yourself (you'll make friends; trust us!). Here’s the skinny on the ways to participate:

  • Sponsor Volunteer (code required) – Participating with your company? Create a new team or join an existing one. If you don't know your code, please contact the Team Captain at your organization.
  • General Volunteer – Want to volunteer with old friends or meet new ones? Create or join a team or sign up as an individual! Registration is just $10. We'll treat you to coffee, light breakfast, lunch and a celebration with food and beer (for those of us of drinking age) afterward. 
  • Roadie – If you can't serve the whole day and want to save a buck, we have the gig for you! Work side-by-side with the Chicago Cares staff to make Serve-a-thon happen. Help out with event-management duties like checking in people and handing out refreshments at Daley Plaza during a morning or afternoon shift, or both.
  • Volunteer Leader –  Take on a leadership role and manage a team of volunteers and a project at a service site. Plus, get access to the VIP tent during the post-event celebration. This role has some special requirements and training; contact Maura York for more info.

To get started, choose your participation type below. You'll then be able to join a team, create a new team or sign up as an individual. If you are using a discount code, you'll enter it during Step 4.