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Make A Difference

The Make A Difference page is dedicated to helping people in the Chicagoland area find great organizations, events and volunteers committed to civic engagement. Our goal is simple – to help everyone find a great place to volunteer and rely on the generosity of people like you to help transform people’s passion into action. Take a few minutes, look around and know that donating a little time can mean a lot! If you have an opportunity or event you would like to see posted, submit it here.

Oct 10

Americans for Better Hearing Foundation

Ends: November 1, 2019

Oct 10

National Organization on Disability

Ends: October 10, 2019

Mar 1

SPARK – An Online Study at Rush University Medical Center

Where: Online - Rush University Medical Center Online
Ends: March 31, 2020

Jun 6

Chicago Park District Celebrates Pride Month with the Launch of the ‘Queering the Parks’ Series

Where: Humboldt Park, Ping Tom Park, Washington Park and Columbus Park Humboldt Park, Ping Tom Park, Washington Park and Columbus Park
Ends: October 26, 2019

Sep 1

Children’s Dyslexia Center of Metropolitan Chicago

Where: Chicago IL Chicago IL
Ends: December 31, 2019

Sep 6

Juicebox 2019 Free Family Performance Series

Where: Chicago Cultural Center & Garfield Park Conservatory 78 E. Washington St. Chicago IL 60602
Ends: December 27, 2019

Sep 21

Arts for Alzheimer’s

Where: Barbara's Bookstore Vernon Hills at the Hawthorn Mall
Ends: September 22, 2019

Sep 22

2nd Annual Carol Stream Animal Hospital Charity Dog Show

Where: Ross Ferraro Town Center Ross Ferraro Town Center Carol Stream, IL 60188
Ends: September 22, 2019

Sep 22

American Lung Association’s Lung Force Walk

Where: Independence Grove Forest Preserve 16400 Buckley Road Libertyville, IL 60048
Ends: September 22, 2019

Sep 22

Monarch Walk

Where: 40 Brainard Street, Naperville, IL
Ends: September 22, 2019

Sep 22

Make-A-Wish Illinois’ Walk for Wishes

Where: Busse Woods Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Ends: September 22, 2019

Sep 22

Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s Chicago Lung Run

Where: Montrose Harbor 601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Ends: September 22, 2019

Sep 22

19th Annual Chicago Illinois Lupus Walk

Where: Lincoln Park, Grove 2 Lincoln Park, Grove 2 (Near Stockton & LaSalle) Chicago, IL
Ends: September 22, 2019

Sep 27

Bottoms Up for Babies

Where: The Shanty 38985 US-41 Wadsworth, IL 60083
Ends: September 27, 2019

Sep 28

Walk For Hope

Where: Cook Park 600 N Main St Wauconda, IL 60084
Ends: September 28, 2019

Sep 28

Run For The Hills

Where: Moraine Hills State Park 1510 S. River Road, McHenry, IL 60051
Ends: September 28, 2019

Sep 28

Homes For Dogs Adoption Day

Where: 451 Coventry Ln, Crystal Lake
Ends: September 28, 2019

Sep 28

Humane Indiana’s 27th Annual Paws in the Park

Where: Community Park 8601 Calumet Avenue Munster, IN, 46321
Ends: September 28, 2019

Sep 28

24th Annual Elim Dutch Festival

Where: Elim Christian Services 13020 Central Ave, Crestwood, IL 60418
Ends: September 28, 2019

Sep 29

Walk 4 Life

Where: Alive Center 500 West 5th Avenue Naperville, IL 60563
Ends: September 29, 2019

Sep 29

Grayslake North Homecoming Festival & 1st Annual Car Show

Where: Grayslake North High School
Ends: September 29, 2019

Oct 3

“The Mettle Behind The Merit: The Steve Pisanos Story” Screening

Where: National Hellenic Museum 333 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661
Ends: October 3, 2019

Oct 4

Interfaith Community Partners’ Takin’ It To The Streets

Where: Capri Banquets in Countryside 6240 Joliet Rd, Countryside, IL 60525
Ends: October 4, 2019

Oct 5

2019 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Returns to Soldier Field Saturday, Oct. 5

Where: Soldier Field 1410 Museum Campus Dr., Chicago, IL 60605
Ends: October 5, 2019

Oct 5

Race Against Nerve Pain

Where: James Pate Philips State Park 2054 W Stearns Road, Bartlett, IL
Ends: October 5, 2019

Oct 5

Slides and Swings Soiree

Where: La Barra Restaurant 3011 Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook, IL 60523
Ends: October 5, 2019

Oct 5

Knights Challenge 5k Run / Walk / Kids Dash

Where: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish 502 S Park Blvd, Streamwood, IL 60107
Ends: October 5, 2019

Oct 12

2nd Annual Halo Awards

Where: Museum of Science and Industry 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637
Ends: October 12, 2019

Oct 15

A Toast to Tutoring

Where: Dance Studio 59 W Hubbard St Chicago, IL 60654
Ends: October 15, 2019

Oct 18

The Irish Books Arts & Music Gala Awards Dinner

Where: The Irish American Heritage Center 4626 N Knox Ave Chicago IL 60630
Ends: October 18, 2019

Oct 18


Where: The Lakewood 1758 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60612
Ends: October 18, 2019

Oct 20

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s 6th Annual “A Walk for the Bear” Costume Walk

Where: Lincoln Park (Grove 2) Intersection of Clark Street and LaSalle Drive
Ends: October 20, 2019

Oct 24

34th Annual Gift of Life Gala

Where: The Drake Hotel 140 East Walton Place
Ends: October 24, 2019

Oct 25

Martin Short to Appear as Guest Speaker at the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Annual Fall Benefit Luncheon

Where: Hilton Chicago 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Ends: October 25, 2019

Oct 27

Music Institute of Chicago’s “Spooktacular” Concert and Haunted Musical Open House

Where: Nichols Concert Hall 1490 Chicago Ave Evanston, IL 60201
Ends: October 27, 2019

Oct 29

ZCenter’s 5th Annual Taste of the Town Gala

Where: The Drake Hotel Chicago 140 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611
Ends: October 29, 2019

Nov 9

Saluting With Smoke BBQ Competition

Where: Crusade Burger Bar 209 S Bridge St Yorkville IL 60560
Ends: November 9, 2019

Nov 16

CatVando’s 6th Annual Gift of Laughter Dinner + Variety Show

Where: Alpine Banquet House 11141 W Roosevelt Rd, Westchester, IL 60154
Ends: November 16, 2019

Nov 23

11th Annual Veterans’ Food Drive

Where: Dominick's Store 127th and Ridgeland in Palos Heights, IL
Ends: November 24, 2019

Dec 8

American Red Cross Blood Drive & Bone Marrow Donor Registry

Where: D’Agostino’s Pizza 1351 W Addison St Chicago IL 60613
Ends: December 8, 2019