“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
–Winston Churchill



Care for Real could not exist without our volunteers.  Each year we depend on over 200 volunteers who dedicate more than 28,000 hours of their time.

Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you would like to volunteer on a one time or recurring basis, we can put you to work.  Volunteers  assist in distributing food, stocking shelves, sorting donated clothes and help in the office.  Workers are also needed to plan and staff special events.  Click Here for more information on Volunteer Opportunities.

Volunteer Times

Food and Clothing Distribution is where we need the most help.

Monday  and Wednesday;  Mornings
Friday;  Morning and Afternoon
Saturday;  Morning

Office Assistance, Employment Resource Center and Special Events
Monday through Saturday Mornings and Afternoons

How to Volunteer

First, tell us about yourself by completing a Volunteer Application.
Complete and submit the application online by Clicking Here.
Or Click Here to download, fill out the application, and either bring It in or scan the form and email a PDF of the form to us at:

volunteer at careforreal.org
After we receive your application, we’ll contact you to set up an orientation and volunteer time.


If you still have questions after reading the above links, Click Here for our Frequently Asked Questions.

Volunteer at GCFD

Care for Real works closely with the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) to obtain food for distribution at greatly reduced costs.  Individuals or groups up to 20 can volunteer at the GCFD and earn credits allowing Care for Real to purchase food.  Click here for more information.