With residual fallout from Covid-19, be advised partners may have different guidelines for the protection of those they serve. Many are now accepting volunteers and looking forward to having you serve with them!
Poverty in the area surrounding our campuses ranges anywhere from 10 to 20 percent, which leads to many who are in need of basics many of us take for granted, like shelter, food, clothing, and community. Looking at this problem, it can leave us feeling helpless and unsure of how to step in and serve.
The needs are great, but God is greater through each of us stepping in to be like the church in Acts 4: "And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them."
Connecting the followers of Christ to partners locally, we hope to demonstrate true Christ-like behavior by providing food, clothing, safe housing, recovery programs, and job training.
In light of current circumstances, the Under Resourced are the most affected. With food insecurity as a real concern, many are unsure about where their next meal is coming from. For a list of most needed items and food pantries we are partnering with during this time of outbreak, please visit your specific campus Community Impact page under Go To Your Community.
One Collective has a vision for Elgin to see more relational bridges built - connecting people and resources within our community so that no one is invisible and people are empowered to solve problems. They have a heart to see people who’ve found the strength within themselves that unleashes them in our community to be free to pursue who they’ve been created to be, no longer trapped and pinned by the oppressive systems around them. To get involved, click below.
Wayside Cross Ministries
For over 90 years, Wayside Cross Ministries has provided restoration and recovery for the impoverished, addicted, and abused. Men, women, and children are discovering new life and new hope. Aurora used to be the end of the line for people leaving Chicago. Today, Wayside Cross Ministries in Aurora is a place of transformation and fresh starts.
No matter where your heart is pulled to serve, likely there is an opportunity for you at Wayside Cross Ministries - from single moms to mentoring opportunities to serving food. To check out all their opportunities, click below.
Click to respond to making lunches or volunteering with Hope Chest!
Homeless Shelter in Aurora
Hesed House is 2nd largest homeless shelter in the State of Illinois. They serve over 1,000 people each year including men, women, and children.
Donation Needs - Currently, there is a high demand for materials to be donated, including food, sanitary items, medicines, and children’s items. Food Needs include, but not limited to cereal, Pop Tarts, and granola bars. The needs list is updated regularly on their website.
Elderly & Disabled Care
The Rehabilitation Program at Dunham is designed for individuals whose health has been impacted by illness, injury, or a recent operation. Typically, on the 2nd Saturday of every month as we have a time of worship, playing games, and visiting with the seniors who call Rosewood home.
During Covid-19, some volunteers have served out in the yard by singing and encouraging the residents. To read about this visit, click the picture of Shari and Diane!
If you are interested in serving when this opportunity:
In addition, Dunham is encouraging "virtual visits". Write an encouraging story or poem or draw a picture, then scan or take a clear picture of it. Email it to and put "Letter" or "Picture" in the subject line.