Serving Local at Willow Crystal Lake

Willow Crystal Lake's local Compassion and Justice efforts are making an impact throughout Crystal Lake and the surrounding areas to bring the hope and help of Jesus to every individual. 

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Compassion & Justice Opportunities at Willow Crystal Lake

Warming Shelter

From October through April, Willow Crystal Lake provides a Warming Shelter from the winter weather for people who find themselves without a home. If you'd love to make a difference in their lives by preparing lunches, helping with laundry, or donating supplies, please join us. We'll train you and provide ongoing support. To discover how you can help with the Overnight Shelter, email Bill. For general questions, or to find out how you can help with the Daytime Shelter, email Julie

Her Hope

Because every woman deserves to be free.

Her Hope exists to walk alongside women affected by exploitation. We raise awareness and promote action through quarterly forums, by reaching out to women through New Name ministries, by visiting area spas that are fronts for trafficking women, and by supporting our local partner Refuge for WomenFor more information on how you can be involved email Donna

Computer Connection Ministry

The Computer Connection Ministry welcomes anyone who has an aptitude or energy to help refurbish used computers for Care Center guests who are actively looking for a job with our Employment Services. Volunteers have a variety of experience levels enabling a great learning and serving environment. To learn more and get involved, click here.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity has broken ground on their McHenry home building project. Sign up here to join the Habitat team. Be sure to select Willow Creek as your organization. For more information, email Steve. 

Community Helpers

Willow Crystal Lake’s Community Helpers aid those in need with one-day home projects. Individuals and families provide the project materials and our volunteers donate their time and skills. To learn more, email Steve. 

Crystal Lake Food Pantry

The Crystal Lake Food Pantry provides temporary food assistance to qualified Crystal Lake residents with the help of volunteers from more than twenty local churches. Email Sandy to volunteer. 


Juntos works to bring the Spanish and English speaking communities in the Crystal Lake area together for the purpose of helping adults and children take their next step in their faith journey. Our team works to create a warm and welcoming environment on weekends and events at Willow Crystal Lake. To learn more about our next meeting click HERE



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Kids Hope USA

One-on-one, positive attention from a responsible, caring adult can make a lasting difference in the life of an at-risk child. Each Kids Hope USA mentor invests one hour per week reading, talking, playing, and listening to a child during his or her lunch period at school. Contact Laura to volunteer with the Willow Team. Learn more at

Prison Ministry

Willow Crystal Lake's Prison Outreach Ministry provides hope, encouragement, and support for incarcerated men and women, as well as their families. We partner locally with theHelping Hands Ministry, serving the men and women at McHenry County Jail. Our team helps lead Willow’s Christmas gift outreach in December–providing gifts for prisoners in Illinois. And the Prison Pen Pal Ministry writes letters to those incarcerated throughout the United States. To learn more about how your can get involved, email Judy.

Willow Pioneers 

In partnership with the Pioneer Center and many other area group homes, Willow Crystal Lake welcomes adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities into a meaningful gathering - including a light dinner, Bible study, worship and a craft. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month from 5–7 p.m.  For more information email Rosi


Foster Care and Adoption Ministry

Our Foster Care and Adoption ministry connects, equips, and supports families through the foster care and adoption journey. To learn more, email Rachele

Our Foster Care and Adoption ministry hosts monthly gatherings in partnership with Loves Moves.Us. This organization connects foster care and adoptive families in the area for connection and support. To learn more, email MeredithVolunteers are currently needed for this vibrant ministry to continue! Host homes and childcare volunteers are both needed for the Love Moves.Us meetings every 3rd Saturday of the month. If you can help by hosting meetings in your home and/or volunteer to help with childcare, please email Meredith.

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: Julie Davis, Outreach Pastor, 779.220.5832