The day kicked off with a rally at Soldier Field, and then some 6,000 workers headed out to various service projects at schools around the city. Jobs ranged from painting and organizing school interiors, to planting flowers and landscaping.
"Today's serve-a-thon is people come together to improve the learning environments of Chicago Public Schools," said Chicago Cares Executive Director Bridget Altenburg.
"We recognize all of our participants as donors to the community," said volunteer leader Stephen Falk. "We're very proud of them."
Volunteers also made $30 registration donations. Proceeds go to support more than 200 Chicago Cares community programs that focus on education, health and wellness, and senior services.