Compassion & Justice North Shore

Fighting poverty and injustice so that lives are transformed and Jesus is made known.

Select a Willow Creek Location

Want to explore local and global serving options? Attend a 15-minute Go Serve info session the second Sunday of every month immediately after each service in staff offices.


Newly Added Serving Opportunities!


Breakthrough Urban Ministries (Chicago)


Meet at Willow Creek North Shore and go as a group to serve in the East Garfield Park Community delivering food to the elderly or organizing and setting up at the fresh produce pantry. 


C24/7 Fathers Arms Ministries

•  After School Program (Kids welcome to serve with parents)

Mentor and tutor at risk boys 8 to 13 years old. Help with homework, Bible studies and fun activities. Junior Board open for 6th–12th graders to serve.

Day/Time: Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday afternoons, flexible commitment

Contact: Jen Matuska at [email protected]


• Casserole Crew

Bake a casserole for a children's after school program and weekly men and women’s bible studies of ex-offenders and former gang affiliates. Drop off is at Willow Creek North Shore and meals are delivered to Rogers Park.

Day/Time: Last Sunday of the month before each service

Contact: Connie Krueger at [email protected]


• UR Chicago Job Development Program

Participate in program to help at risk men and women obtain job skills and employment. Mentors, training facilitators, business development professionals and those who can offer entry employment opportunities are all needed.

Contact: Elena Rios at [email protected]


• Fellowship thru Hoops (Age 18+)

Join other Willow Creek North Shore men to play basketball and mentor members of violence/gang prevention ministry of men age 18 to 30. Games are held at a local park district facility in Rogers Park.

Day/Time: One Saturday a month, 3 – 4:30 pm

Contact: Vincent Shiau at [email protected]


• Reading Coaches

Tutor at risk first graders in reading at Gale Academy in North of Howard neighborhood in Rogers Park.

Day/Time: Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, 3 – 4:30 pm

Contact: Joyce Zeiss at [email protected]


Serving Vulnerable Kids


Safe Families (All Ages)

Families of Willow Creek North Shore voluntarily open their homes to children
whose parents are in crisis. Additional ways to serve include supporting host families with short babysitting times, rides and meals.

Day/Time: Varies

Contact: Kimi Ottaviano at [email protected]



Serving the Hungry


A Just Harvest (age 12+)

This is the highest capacity kitchen in Chicagoland serving a hot nutritious meal 365 days per year in Rogers Park.

Day/Time: First Wednesday and last Friday of each month, 5 – 7 pm

Contact: Kim Schuman at [email protected]


The Harvest Pantry (age 12+)

A ministry of Vineyard Church in Evanston

Help check in, distribute food, stock shelves, visit with guests.

Day/Time: Any Wednesday, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Contact: Patricia Graham at [email protected]


Serving Prisoners

Informational Meeting on all Prison Ministries on Sunday, January 7th from 12:45 – 2 pm in Willow Creek North Shore. For more information, contact Deanna at [email protected].


Short Term Men’s Mission Trip

Be part of a Willow Creek North Shore team in a powerful ministry opportunity with Kairos. You will minister to the incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet. Weekend retreats are in spring and fall of 2018. Training provided.

Contact: Tom Hanks at [email protected]


Cook County Jail

Join a team of women leading Bible studies about God’s love and restoration with women residents eager to learn and grow. Secure parking and access for volunteers. 

Contact: Deanna Hanks at [email protected]


Short Term Women’s Mission Trip

Minister with a group from Willow Creek North Shore to women in prison at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, IL. This is a weekend with Women at the Well Prison Ministries to show hope and the love of Christ to the incarcerated. Training provided for weekend retreats in spring and fall 2018.

Contact: Deanna Hanks at [email protected]


Pen Pal Ministry

Be a friend and spiritual coach to incarcerated individuals by writing letters from your home.

Day/Time: flexible commitment

Contact: Deanna Hanks at [email protected]


Serving the Elderly


Glen Oaks Nursing Home (all ages, Northbrook)

Help serve on a ministry team (music, prayer, activities, visitation) at Glen Oaks Nursing Home. Glen Oaks is home to 300+ individuals of varying ages and disabilities.

Day/Time: Third Wednesday of each month, 5:45 – 8 pm

Contact: Elena Rios at [email protected] or 773-517-1810


Presence Maryhaven Nursing Home (Glenview)

Spend one hour on a Saturday. Morning with a resident who never receives visitors. All age children welcome. Saturdays from 9 to 10 Contact: Bridgette Gilchrist at [email protected]


Cookie Crew

Bake cookies for Glen Oaks Nursing Home. Drop-off is Willow Creek North Shore's Welcome Center and are served by volunteers at monthly visits.

Day/Time: Drop-off on second Sundays of the month

Contact: Hilerre at [email protected]


Serving Refugees


Exodus World Service (all ages)

Share friendship, hospitality, and knowledge of life in the U.S. with newly arriving refugees. Serving ranges from providing basic living supplies to meeting weekly with a family over a 3 month period.

Day/Time: One time or flexible commitment


Willow Contact: Bridgette Quinn [email protected]


Serving Victims of Human Trafficking


Anti Trafficking Task Force

Join the Willow Creek North Shore Anti Trafficking Task Force and choose from the following opportunities to serve with a range of time commitments.

• working with girls in recovery from trafficking

• prayer and phone outreach ministry for women currently being trafficked

• promoting rescue opportunities for victims

• growing awareness of issue in Chicago

Day/Time: Varies

Contact: Kathleen Sleigh at [email protected]


Serving with your Business Skills


Barnabas Group

Attend a quarterly dinner hosted by Barnabas Group that connects you with faith based not for profits that need your skills on a short term basis. Network with other Christian business professionals who want to serve with their marketplace skills.

Day/Time: 3-4 times a year, Thursday nights at Willow Creek North Shore

Contact: John Phillips at [email protected]



Serving General Needs


Men Serving Others

Join a team of men serving our local ministry partners and community. Sign up for mailing list for monthly and special invites. Specific skills not necessary.

Day/Time: Varies

Contact: Roland Icard at [email protected]


Learning Experiences


IMPACT POVERTY Discussion Group

Learn how to serve the poor in ways that are life changing for both the impoverished and the ones serving. This class includes video teaching and group discussion as well as an overview of Willow North Shore’s local and global serving opportunities.

Day/Time: TBD

Contact: Elena Rios at [email protected]

Willow Creek North Shore Contact

Deb DaSilva
Pastor of Compassion & Justice

Elena Rios
Compassion & Justice Coordinator
[email protected]

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