Newsmakers Making A Difference: Chicago Cares

Bernie Tafoya
July 03, 2018 - 6:55 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Cares has matched volunteers with opportunities to make a better Chicago for the last 25 years.

“We have our website chicagocares.org where folks can see the individual opportunities. And that’s 150 plus opportunities a month,” said Lisa Jung, of Chicago Cares.

The day we caught up with her, volunteers from Capital One were beautifying the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood. 

“Today we’re making some murals. We’re in Northwest Side housing and then we’re doing corridor clean-up along Fullerton, so this is just an example of the types of projects that we do," she said.

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Besides the every-day volunteer opportunities, there’s a huge one-day event in June with thousands of volunteers.

“Servathon is a fantastic way to dip their toes into Chicago Cares and understand the work that we do and being able to make the connections, and again, build that community, learn a little bit more about each other.”

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Among the kinds of projects that are done during the Serve-A-Thon...

“We’re going to be doing things such as painting, doing some light construction, building some planter boxes...little clean-ups everywhere else. And so, that’s where we’re going to have about 5,000 volunteers coming together that day.”

As WBBM celebrates its 50th anniversary as Newsradio, this year we’ll be honoring 50 Newsmakers making a difference in the community.  Listen for reports each Tuesday.

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