God has uniquely placed you within a certain geographical location. The neighborhood you live in. The corner store you shop at. Regardless of where you live, you have people all around you who are hurting and need Jesus through your hands and hearts.
Your DeKalb Campus is located at 2350 Pride Avenue and therefore called to make an impact for God’s Kingdom in this specific community. Through Community Impact, you have the ability to serve and reach people others might not ever cross paths with.
How to Get Involved
Salvation Army Food Pantry
Volunteers are needed to take boxes to people’s cars as the food pantry is now drive thru and putting perishable items in boxes prior to going out to the cars. Wednesday Afternoon Needs: Specifically packing food boxes with non-perishable items. Please sign up for a serving slot by clicking HERE.
Donate to Your Local Food Pantry
Salvation Army DeKalb
830 Grove St #4258, DeKalb
(815) 756-4308 Call for specific needs
Christ Community Outreach Center in DeKalb
The purpose of the Christ Community Outreach Center is to create a bridge within the community to serve people in under resourced neighborhoods by facilitating ongoing life-enhancing services that result in transformative experiences with Jesus.
The primary Impact Areas to address the felt needs we will serve are At Risk Youth, Multicultural Community, and those who are Under Resourced.
As we continue to follow God’s leading at the Outreach Center, we hope you will want to be a part of the work to join us. LEARN MORE.
Network of Nations an organization that links Northern Illinois University and community internationals with each other, and then connects them with local churches in the DeKalb area. Many face the challenges of cultural adjustment, language barriers, isolation, and loneliness. Approximately 1,300 international scholars and students along with their families are enrolled at NIU every year. Network of Nations is committed to extending hospitality, friendship, and practical care. To find serving opportunities at Network of Nations: Click Here.
Bonus: If you want to read more about Network of Nations, you can check out this blog post about this ministry on our Community Impact Blog.
By walking alongside students at the elementary level, we can participate in their development through programs like Kids’ Hope USA. We have partnered together with local elementary school Little John’s Elementary to provide mentors throughout the school year. To serve with Kids’ Hope at Little John’s Elementary: Click Here.
Read about Donna’s story as a Kids Hope Mentor on our Community Impact Blog. You can read more about Kids Hope USA, especially in time of COVID, in this blog post.
At Neighbor’s House, our goal is to help students reach their potential through literacy enrichment and healthy relationships. Each summer, they run programs across DeKalb County to provide literacy enrichment, social/emotional support, and relationship building for students in underserved communities and income eligible housing. During the school year, they provide homework help, literacy support, and healthy adult interaction for students. To find out more about how to get involved, visit their website.
We Care Pregnancy Center is located on North Fifth Street in DeKalb. This is a safe place for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. They provide a free pregnancy test, ultrasound confirmation, and answers to questions about abortion, parenting, and adoption. For additional information about how to serve with We Care, email
DeKalb Nursing and Rehab Center. For updated opportunities, visit their website.
Hope Haven’s mission is to provide shelter, meals, & life skills programs for homeless individuals & families while preparing them for re-housing. For more information, visit their website.
Opportunity House is a not-for-profit organization has helped persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead happy, healthy and productive lives. To find out more information, visit their site for details.
Pay-it-Forward House provides a good night’s rest to the loved ones of patients receiving medical treatment in DeKalb County. Get involved by visiting their website.
Safe Passage provides support and resources to victims escaping short-term or long-term domestic abuse. Get involved or find out more by visiting their website.