roviding reliable transportation to those in need
The C.A.R.S. (Christian Auto Repairmen Serving) Ministry is a unique ministry of Willow Creek Community Church that started in the heart of a volunteer who felt the need to provide trustworthy, fair and honest car repair. In the last 25 years it has grown from its first brake job to a full fledge auto repair shop. The C.A.R.S. Ministry of Willow Creek Community Church exists to provide reliable transportation to those in need within our community. We do this through your vehicle donation and with the help of volunteer mechanics. The ministry utilizes every vehicle we take in to further our mission. The C.A.R.S. Ministry is a Compassion and Justice ministry operating through the Willow Creek Care Center.
Donate to the C.A.R.S. Ministry
We operate solely on donations. C.A.R.S. can utilize any vehicle, boat, motorcycle or RV, running or not, engine in or out, smashed up bumper, front end collision, we will take it. If you are able to forgo the trade-in value, consider donating your unneeded vehicle. C.A.R.S. will tow your vehicle from its location free of charge. You will need to sign over the title to the vehicle. A receipt will be mailed for your tax deduction within 14 days of the donation. We are also able to accept vehicles without a title however we cannot issue a tax receipt.More Info.
Volunteer with the C.A.R.S. Ministry
Volunteers are an integral part of the C.A.R.S. ministry. Volunteers have a wide variety of mechanical experience; some would describe themselves as “shade-tree” mechanics while others are ASE certified mechanics. We welcome anyone with an aptitude and knowledge for automotive repair. Volunteers serve behind the scenes working on vehicles that are donated to the ministry which will then be given away to qualified recipients or sold to generate revenue for the ministry. Our volunteers also work on the vehicles of guests through the Care Center who qualify to have light duty repairs done on their vehicles. C.A.R.S. is more than just working on cars though, some volunteers also gather as a small group to do life together. Task night is an every other week commitment. If you are interested in serving with the C.A.R.S. Ministry sign up here. There is a brief orientation to attend that will overview the mission, vision and values of the Care Center.Sign Up
67 E. Algonquin Road Building G
South Barrington, IL 60010
Starting a C.A.R.S. Ministry?
If you are interested in starting a C.A.R.S. Ministry type ministry in your own church we would love to support you. To help you get started we’ve documented a few learnings.