Chicago Cares is seeking volunteers to give back to this great city on June 25, 2016 to spruce up dozens of public places and empower residents throughout Chicago

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CHICAGO CARES PLANS ONE DAY OF MAKE OVERS & SPRING CLEANING ACROSS CHICAGO

More than 5,000 volunteers sought to donate their time for Chicago’s largest day of service

CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Cares is seeking volunteers to give back to this great city on June 25, 2016 to spruce up dozens of public places and empower residents throughout Chicago. This annual event marks the city’s largest day of service, when more than 5,000 volunteers collectively donate 20,000 hours to make our schools and parks cleaner, safer and more beautiful for the children and families they serve.

For the past 25 years, Chicago Cares has been making an impact on communities in need thanks to the generous support of volunteers and corporate sponsors, including 23 years of its annual Serve-a-thon. PepsiCo Chicago and Sidley Austin are serving as the main sponsors for this year’s Serve-a-thon.

Volunteers will work together to improve the quality of our public schools and parks, which are continuously used and appreciated, but if neglected their output will be diminished. Having beautifully maintained parks and schools have a positive impact on communities and students in the classroom. Chicago Cares supports more than 300 schools, parks and nonprofits through programs like Serve-a-thon and our ongoing monthly volunteer programs. Volunteers help with everything from writing resumes to cooking meals for seniors to tutoring kids to maintaining the city’s green spaces.

On June 25, 2016 thousands of volunteers will be peppered throughout the city, painting classrooms and planting trees, in addition to preparing meals for seniors and hosting education activities for kids. Chicago Cares’ Serve-a-thon will restore these sites and highlight their natural and vibrant existence for all residents and visitors to appreciate.  Volunteers will be sharing their day of duties on social media using the #ChiCares hashtag.

“Chicago Cares’ annual Serve-a-thon is all about making an impact on our city and its future, and no one is more generous of their time and resources than the people of this great city and the corporations who call it their home,” said Jenné Myers, CEO of Chicago Cares. “We are ever grateful to those who volunteer their time for this great day and we urge Chicagoans to engage in this work now more than ever before to help showcase how this city can come together to serve its communities and one another.”

Serve-a-thon activities will culminate with a volunteer appreciation bash at Daley Plaza that afternoon, which will include music, refreshments and other activities. Volunteers can sign up as an individual or even build a team of friends to work together as part of the Serve-a-thon. To volunteer, please visit the Chicago Cares website at: http://www.chicagocares.org/.

Chicago Cares connects people, communities and causes through volunteerism. In the last 25 years, Chicago Cares has engaged in more than 500,000 volunteers through 200 monthly programs, corporate programming and annual events. Follow @ChicagoCares. Learn more about Chicago Cares and get involved any day of the year.

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