Volunteer

Generosity takes many forms

Among the most valuable forms are time and treasure. From donating business attire to talking us up on social media to hands-on helping our participants, we are immensely grateful for every volunteer whose generosity furthers our mission. The areas below are where you can have the greatest impact.

Be a Brand Ambassador

Help us spread the word! Cara’s goal is to help people affected by poverty to get and keep good jobs, and we need your help to do so! If you’re passionate about helping Cara create real and lasting success, we invite you to rep us on social media (we are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Linkedin); share your passion for this work at your company and invite them to get involved; and refer us to hiring partners, community organizations, or funding/awareness opportunities.


Be Part of Our Network

We have some amazing leaders that make our work possible! If you are interested in leveraging your passion, network and talent to help transform lives here in Chicago, we have a place for you. Join our Executive Council, Associate Board, or Ambassadors by reaching out to Audri Coffer at (312) 798-3321. These groups play a major role in Cara’s work by engaging in strategic discussions around building awareness, fundraising, and job cultivation.

Be a Coach

Share your knowledge and expertise to help our participants find employment. Through a community or corporate service day (activities include mock career fairs, speed networking, and resume review workshops), volunteers can share their own career experiences and provide thoughtful feedback to help our participants build confidence, stay motivated, and remain focused on their professional goals.

Be Part of the Celebration

Join us in bringing together our Cara community and celebrating transformations by attending one of our unique community engagement events. These events are a great opportunity to spend time with Cara participants, alumni, and staff and to provide mentorship and advice to our community so that everyone can network and learn from each other.


Make a Donation

Your gift goes to work so every Cara participant can. We greatly appreciate any consideration you can give in support of our mission.

$28
$28
Gives a participant a 7-day transit card to get to Cara. $28
$50
$50
Covers the first deposit for a Cara participant to open a bank account. $50
$115
$115
Means a Cleanslate intern gets a pair of work boots. $115
$200
$200
Covers an eye exam and glasses for a Cara participant. $200
$500
$500
Gives one-time rental assistance to keep a Cara family in their home. $500
$1,200
$1,200
Gives 2 weeks of Cara's critical training to a motivated job-seeker. $1,200
$2,500
$2,500
Lands 1 Cara candidate into a permanent job. $2,500
$4,500
$4,500
Gives an employed Cara participant 2 years of retention and career-advancement coaching. $4,500
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