Willow’s local Compassion and Justice efforts are making an impact throughout Chicagoland to bring the hope and help of Jesus to every individual. Come alongside change-makers who fight injustice, empower the under-resourced, and create sustainable, holistic long-term solutions in their area of expertise by engaging in the many local serving opportunities available at each campus.
5Loaves | Serve with us at our weekly Sunday morning breakfast and Bible study discussion which encourages relational connection and spiritual growth for individuals experiencing homelessness and life transition. Gatherings are Sundays, 8:00 a.m. at 1319 S. State Street.
Breakthrough Urban Ministries | Volunteer with the Manna Ministry to prepare and serve a meal to individuals living in their homeless facility. Email to learn more.
Pen Pal Ministry | Become a prison pen pal: Offer encouragement and hope to someone incarcerated through consistent correspondence. Email to learn more.
John B. Drake Elementary School | Serve as dedicated mentors to assist students with their math and reading skills every Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m onsite at Drake Elementary, starting Tuesday, October 1.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry | Join the Willow Crystal Lake team who serves on the third and fifth Thursday evenings, 4:40-7 p.m., of each month as we help meet the needs of those who are food insecure.
Email to learn more.
Chicago Angels | Be a part of the community that supports families hosting kids through foster care. Email to learn more.
Habitat for Humanity | Be a part of the McHenry home building projects as WCL partners with Habitat for Humanity! Email to learn more.
Community Care Center | Learn ways to engage our community members who are unsheltered or at risk by serving at our care center on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Email to learn more.
Become a prison pen pal | Offer encouragement and hope to someone incarcerated through consistent correspondence. Email to learn more.
Kids Hope USA | Invest your lunch hour one day a week to make a lasting difference in the life of an at-risk child by becoming a Kids Hope Mentor. Email to learn more.
Refuge for Women | Connect and care for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation. Email to learn more.
Safe Families | Provide short-term care in your home or play other supportive role for the child of a family in crisis. Email Teri Altpeter to get started!
Community Garden | Help grow and harvest 1000s of pounds of fresh produce to support our local food pantry. Teams serve on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Email Shannon Swift to get started.
Grafton Food Pantry | Help is always needed at our local food pantry in Grafton. Consider donating food or gift cards to local grocery stores for people who don’t otherwise has the resources to feed themselves. Email Shannon Swift to learn more.
Pen Pal Ministry | Become a prison pen pal: Offer encouragement and hope to someone incarcerated through consistent correspondence. Email Renee Lozowski to get started.
Kids Hope USA | Invest your lunch hour one day a week to make a lasting difference in the life of an at-risk child by becoming a Kids Hope Mentor. Or join our team as a prayer partner! Email Lynne Sell to learn more.
Stepping Stones | Help women who are trafficking survivors. Email Deb DaSilva to get started.
New Name Ministries | Outreach to at-risk women and girls in the northern suburbs (female volunteers) or participate in Helpline Call Center targeting male clients for intervention (male volunteers). Email Janet to learn more.
Safe Families | Provide short-term care in your home or play other supportive role for the child of a family in crisis. Email Anika to learn more.
A Just Harvest | Serve a meal at this soup kitchen in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. (Ages 12+) Email Kim to learn more.
C24/7 | Help us provide groceries for families with food insecurity in Rogers Park, Chicago! Grocery donations are ongoing and can be delivered any time to Willow North Shore, 2200 Shermer Rd, Glenview IL. Drop-off outside entrances A and D. Email Deb DaSilva with any questions!
Pen Pal Ministry | Become a prison pen pal: Offer encouragement and hope to someone incarcerated through consistent correspondence. Email Kathrine to get started.
Exodus World Service | Help newly arrived refugees get settled into their new Chicagoland homes. Email Bridget to get started.
C24/7 | Tutor and encourage kids in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood after-school program targeting at-risk kids, ages 7 to 12. Email Jenn to learn more.
UR Chicago Alliance | Serve as a mentor or trainer and help individuals in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood escape poverty through employment. Email Deb DaSilva to learn more.
The Willow Creek Care Center offers dozens of volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups, and families! Click here to learn more.
Anti-Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence Support Ministry | Subscribe to our monthly enews for updates on partner events, learning opportunities, and serving with our community partners. Organizations such as Selah Freedom, Refuge for Women, Rahab’s Daughters, and ReClaim13 are among some of the partners that provide housing, outreach, and services to those ensnared by human trafficking. To learn more email [email protected].
Mobile Care Center | Join the Mobile Care Center team as we partner with local schools and organizations to distribute food and other services throughout the community. There are 8 different locations that you can choose to serve in, all within a 15 mile radius of Willow Creek. Sign up here.
Homelessness Ministry | Serve alongside organizations that provide temporary shelter and offer solutions to eliminate homelessness in the Chicagoland area. Prepare meals, build friendships, and offer hope through partners such as Journeys-the Road Home, Wayside Cross, Home of the Sparrow and others offering emergency, temporary, long-term housing solutions. To learn more, email [email protected].
Prison, Jail, and Re-entry Ministry | Learn, visit, write, engage! All of these components are fundamental to reaching those impacted by incarceration and their families. To learn, join us for our monthly P&J Connection Gathering on the first Saturday of the month. Our teams visit several local jails and prisons such as Cook, Kane, and Stateville. Write to someone impacted by incarceration. Engage in our weekly RESTART gathering for those in re-entry. To learn more email [email protected].
Refugees and Immigrants Ministry | Chicagoland is one of the largest refugee resettlement areas in the country, and we have the opportunity to welcome our new neighbors and walk alongside them as they adjust to their new life in America. Grow your understanding of the issues facing refugees by joining us for periodic classes, training workshops, and road trips. Serve with refugees and asylum-seekers through partners such as World Relief, Exodus World Service, Viator House, and Devon Oasis Center. To learn more, email [email protected].
Kids Hope USA | Invest your lunch hour one day a week to make a lasting difference in the life of an at-risk child by becoming a mentor at Twain Elementary School, our local school partner. Email Scott Woods to learn more.
Naomi’s House | For women, volunteers start as a “Tour Guide” driving the women residents to appointments; the schedule is extremely flexible, volunteers may choose more than 1x per week or as little as 1x per month throughout the day/evening. After 6 months, you may move to teaching classes for these beautiful women. Finally, there is an opportunity to actually work as a Spiritual Mentor 1:1. Mentors meet 2x’s per month. For men, there are opportunities to do outdoor yard projects 3x’s per year. Email to get started.
Northern Illinois Food Bank | If Willow Wheaton is your church family, we ask all to serve at their state-of-the-art Geneva location 1x per year to understand the scale of food insecurity in DuPage County, and to get inspired by how many people from all walks of life come together to tackle hunger. Email to learn more.
People’s Resource Center | PRC addresses community needs such as: food security, education/tutoring, creative arts, job placement and training, and other seasonal needs such as coat and backpack drives. Email to learn more.
Wheaton Care Center | Willow Wheaton’s Monthly Food Pantry at Wheaton Academy on the second Wednesday of the month from 5–7 p.m. This is an awesome intro to serving for families and all ages of kiddos too! Parents, this is the best way to teach your kids about hunger and that your children can actually change the world just by helping feed our neighbors. Email to learn more.
Versiti Monthly Blood Drive | DuPage County needs blood! COVID has caused a severe shortage in the US blood supply—give blood, save lives. Email with questions.
JUST of DuPage | Volunteers from all walks of life are equipped to serve with men and women both inside and outside DuPage County Correctional Facility. Classes are 1x per week in 8 – 12 week rounds, we ask for a 2 semester commitment. Volunteers are partnered with experienced leaders and always work in pairs; men teach men, women teach women, married couples who may teach either/both. Storybook is a literacy program that grows the family bond between dads and their kids, and moms and their kids too, volunteers work on the outside to get recordings mailed to kids 1x – 2x per month for 2 hours. Email to get started.
Outreach Community Ministries | OCM serves local youth and many other vulnerable populations in our community. There are currently tutoring opportunities to on most weekdays with start times between 3:30–4:30 p.m. Serve is 1x per week throughout the school year, we ask for a 1-year commitment. This is a great opportunity for people as young as high school students to help kids in our community reach their goals, like being the first person in their family to go to college! Email to get started.
WeGo Together for Kids | Our school partner in West Chicago is doing incredible work in the community by building an alliance of partners across Chicagoland. They have multiple opportunities to serve as tutors or various supply drive distributions like school backpacks. They also need volunteers who can serve as advisors on Steering Committees as they move into a season of growth. Spanish-speaking/bilingual for some serves is helpful, but definitely not required. Email to learn more.