Serve Our Community

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.

Select a Willow Creek Location

SERVING LOCALLY | Compassion & Justice serving opportunities throughout the year

To learn more about what Willow Crystal Lake's Compassion & Justice ministries are doing locally and globally, subscribe to our C&J updates here.

Read below to find out how you can partner with Willow Crystal Lake to love and serve our community throughout the year.

Blood Drive

The need for blood is in high demand. If you are healthy and able to give blood, we encourage you join our periodic on-site blood drives, and also to contact one of the two blood centers below to regularly give.

  • Versiti Blood Center of Illinois (815) 356-0608, 6296 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

  • Lifesource (877) 543-3768, 5150 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Our next Blood Drive will be held at 100 South Main St. Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Wednesday, January 27, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. | Find details and registration here.

Chili Drive

Support our local community through the Crystal Lake Food Pantry and bring cans of chili to Willow Crystal Lake for our Chili Drive.

January 31–February 7 | Find more information here.

Food Pantry Team

WCL partners with the Crystal Lake Food Pantry on the third Thursday of every month! In 2021, we also volunteer there on any fifth Thursdays of the month. For more information, email Julie.

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, please email Melissa

Chicago Angels is our foster care partner in the Chicagoland area. To learn more about how you can be a part of the community that supports and participates in foster care, email Chris, or visit the Chicago Angels website at

Habitat for Humanity

Be a part of the McHenry home building projects as WCL partners with Habitat for Humanity! Email Steve to get connected and learn more about upcoming projects.

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

Homeless Ministry

Learn ways to engage our community members walking through homelessness. For more information, email Julie


Kids Hope USA

Invest your lunch hour one day a week to make a lasting difference in the life of an at-risk child as we partner with Kids Hope USA. Contact Laura to volunteer with the Willow Team. Learn more at

Willow Pioneers 

In partnership with the Pioneer Center and many other area group homes, Willow Crystal Lake engages adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities through a meaningful (currently virtual) gathering which includes 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

Prison Outreach 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 the Helping 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 now even other states around the country. The Prison Pen Pal Ministry writes letters to those incarcerated throughout the United States. To learn more about how you can get involved, email Julie.

Juntos Ministry

Our Juntos group connects Spanish speakers into community through serving and fellowship. Email Arhely to get connected.



Subscribe to our Compassion & Justice updates

To learn more about what Willow Crystal Lake's Compassion & Justice ministries are doing locally and globally, subscribe to our C&J updates here.

Below you can read more about the different ways Willow Crystal Lake is involved in loving our community throughout the year.





Contact WCL Outreach Pastor Julie Davis via email or at 779.220.5832 .