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 first Sunday of every month immediately after each service in staff offices.


Serving those impacted by poverty and violence in Rogers Park 


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


• 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


• 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: Loretta Jacobs at


• 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


• 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


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



Pursue Scholars

Mentor emerging urban leaders as they pursue their college degrees.

Day/Time: Either monthly or twice a year, 2 year commitment

Location: Flexible, varies

Contact: Scott at


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


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


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


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


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.

Day/Time: Mondays, 3:30 – 5 pm and 7 – 8:30 pm

Contact: Deanna Hanks at


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


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


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 or 773-517-1810


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


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: Loretta Jacobs at


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


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



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


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: Loretta Jacobs at


Help Me Understand: Issues of Poverty and Violence in Chicago

The issues of poverty and violence are troublesome. What are we called to do as Christians? Taught by Joel Hamernick, Executive Director of Sunshine Gospel Ministries.

Day/Time: Saturday, January 27, 9 am – 12 pm, Willow Creek North Shore

Contact: Loretta Jacobs at


Bridge Builders Day in Chicago

Join others from Willow Creek North Shore for a Saturday at Sunshine Gospel Ministries in the community of Woodlawn. This is for those who want to understand the issues of poverty and violence in Chicago at a deeper level. We will dive into the scriptures, the community and into conversations about the issues we see in the news every day.

Day/Time: Saturday Sessions, February 24 & fall (TBD)

Contact: Loretta Jacobs at

Willow Creek North Shore Contact

Jackie Herron-Whitfield
Pastor of Compassion & Justice

Loretta Jacobs
Local Serving Leader

Elena Rios
Compassion & Justice Coordinator

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