Our Story

On a road trip nine 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 stronger communities for all Chicagoans - while learning first-hand about important social issues.


What We Do


We work in partnership with more than 40 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 across 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, Honeycomb has mobilizes over 25,000 youth and families from more than 120 Chicago area zip codes. Volunteer families represent 92% of Chicago-area zip codes and 75% of Honeycomb volunteers live in low-to-moderate income communities.

Our programs address a spectrum of regional challenges including homelessness, poverty, environmental conservation, community building and education. Over 40 local organizations rely on our trustworthy volunteers and vital resources to fortify their work.

  • 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

  • VBC
  • 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

Wall Street Journal: Find Ways to Help from Home

WBEZ: #Popup on the Pandemic

ABC 7: Virtual volunteering helps families stay engaged while social distancing amid COVID-19

Real Simple: 8 Ways to Volunteer Right Now

WGN: Around the House Talks with The Honeycomb Project

Fox32: Virtually Volunteer with Honeycomb at Home

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