Our Story

On a road trip seven years ago, Kristina Lowenstein and Catherine Tannen shared a wish to do more community service with their families. Before having children, Kristina and Catherine actively volunteered, but now it wasn’t so easy – their lives were hectic. They wanted to connect their kids to the issues families in Chicago face every day, like poverty, public safety and pollution, but struggled to find meaningful opportunities for civic engagement that welcomed people of all ages.

In 2011, they founded The Honeycomb Project, with the mission to engage, mobilize and inspire kids and their families to build strong communities for all Chicagoans - while learning first-hand about important social issues.


What We Do


We work in partnership with more than 45 local organizations to develop the very best multi-generational volunteer experiences.  Honeycomb brings families together to develop a deeper understanding of our city’s challenges and build stronger communities for all Chicagoans. 


Mobilizing volunteers of all ages has it’s challenges – we get it.  Honeycomb brings the tools, staff, resources and expertise needed to make family engagement easy and impactful for our nonprofits partners.


We have a hive full of sweet ideas, DIY projects and resources to help families stay active in our communities for the long-term.  Honeycomb volunteers are going out into Chicago’s neighborhoods and making difference everyday. Read our stories and see for yourself. 

Community Impact

Since 2011, more than 15,000 youth and their families have participated in Honeycomb programs impacting 1.5 million Chicagoans. Volunteer families represent 83% of Chicago-area zip codes and 75% of Honeycomb volunteers live in low-to-moderate income communities.

Honeycomb projects help at-risk, homeless, and low-income individuals and families, and improve natural and recreational areas in under-served communities. Honeycomb programs provide much-needed support to more than 45 partner organizations. Through our hands-on experiences,  Honeycomb helps organizations cultivate volunteers, advocates and donors for the long-term.

  • povertyhungerHunger and Poverty
  • homelessnessHomelessness
  • environmentEnvironment
  • educationEducation
  • communityCommunity
  • healthHealth and Wellness

Why Family Volunteering Matters


Did you know that youth who volunteer and observe their parents volunteering are 2x more likely to volunteer and be charitable as adults? Research supports family volunteering as an emerging strategy for strengthening communities. Participating together in community service enables kids and parents to spend quality time learning together, while addressing important issues close to home. Volunteering as a family:Provides quality family time

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  • Teaches greater tolerance and understanding
  • Presents a new perspective on the world
  • Provides quality family time
  • Enables parents to lead by example
  • Offers experiences in empathy
  • Demonstrates teamwork
  • Creates a lifelong ethic of service



Sources: Corporation for National and Community ServiceNational Human Service Assembly


Press & Media

Fox 32: 5 Tips on Giving Back this Holiday Season

TLC: How to Show Gratitude this Holiday Season

Chicago Parent: 7 Ways to Give Back this Season

CBS 2: Honeycomb Project Works to Give Halloween Costumes to Kids

Fox 32: The Honeycomb Project holding Halloween costume drive for underserved kids

CBS 2: Celebrate Father’s Day with The Honeycomb Project

Fox 32: Local Organization Gives Kids and Families a Chance to Give Back

CBS 2 Sunday Morning News: Local Organization Offers MLK Day of Service Family Volunteer Opportunities

WGN: Organization Gives Small Kids and Families a Chance to Give Back

Points of Light Blog: Chicago Family Inspires a Lifetime of Service by Starting Young

Sitter City Blog: How to Volunteer with Your Family this Holiday Season

Chicago Parent: Family Volunteer Opportunities in Chicagoland

ABC7: Make Halloween a Little Sweeter

NBC: Honeycomb Costume Drive

Celebrating Mandela Day in Chicago

Windy City Live: Small Volunteer Makes a Big Difference

Red Tricycle: 100 Awesome Things to Do with Kids

ABC 7: Chicago MLK Day Marked by Community Service 

ABC 7 Chicago: Celebrating Moms on Mother’s Day

Together We Can Change the World One Awesome Kiddo at a Time

Fox 32: Earth Day Projects for Families

Hyde Park Herald: Obama Foundation Hosts Volunteer Service Project for MLK Day

ABC 7 Chicago: Newsviews

Modern Luxury: Hands On Help

WBEZ Morning Shift

Red Tricycle: 5 Easy Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

CBS Chicago: Giving Back with Honeycomb

Chicago Parent: 6 Ways Families Can Give Back 

Red Eye: Do Good Alongside Your Family with The Honeycomb Project

Chicago Tribune: White Sox honor 8-year-old beach-cleaning, cookie-baking, volunteering phenom

Chicago Parent: 5 News Year Resolutions to Make as a Family

Chicago Parent: Thanksgiving Break Staycation Ideas

Better Homes and Gardens: Family Time: Making a Difference Together

Dose Cause: The Honeycomb Project

Time Out Chicago: Volunteer Opportunities Know No Age Boundaries 

CBS Chicago: Best Places In Chicago To Give Back This Holiday Season – CBS Chicago

Chicago Parent: Giving Real Thanks