Volunteers lend a hand to Chicago neighborhoods at annual Serve-a-thon

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CHICAGO -- It was a day of caring and serving all across Chicago as more than 5,000 volunteers gathered in Daley Plaza to kick off the annual Chicago Cares "Serve-a-thon." Volunteers would spend the day working in schools, parks, and senior centers throughout the city.

For these volunteers, it was a day of giving their time, working together, and serving communities in need.  Chicago Cares has been hosting this volunteer serve-a-thon for more than two decades.

Many volunteers organized with co-workers, as part of their companies' outing. Others were with their family, or on their own, but everyone had the spirit of giving back on this day of charity.

After registering and rallying in Daley Plaza, the volunteers boarded buses and were sent to various schools and playgrounds throughout the city to get instruction on how to tackle neighborhood projects.

At the Talcott Academy in the 1800 block of West Ohio, they would be painting classroom walls and even a new hallway.

Whether painting, preparing, or just mingling with others, all of these volunteers agree: this feel good day created a spirit of giving, and a pay it forward attitude for years to come.

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