Our congregation has a long history of service and social justice activism, beginning with the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad, and continuing today as we work to end gun violence, protect immigrants, or offer shelter to those in need. On any given day, our members might be marching for women’s rights, lobbying Springfield for LGBTQIA+ protections, or working with refugees. Some of our current initiatives include:
Every Wednesday night from October through May, our church is an interim overnight housing site for DuPage PADS. Once a month, we staff that shelter with over 40 volunteers, who set up the sleeping pads, provide food and cook breakfast, and clean up after our guests leave. We have been a PADS partner for decades, helping to end homelessness in our community.
Our church has a congregation-to-congregation partnership with a church in Angola. Our goal is to share prayers, joys, concerns, and friendship with each other through communication, joint study, and visits.
Every year, we prepare and serve meals to guests of the Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus in some of Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods. The bus brings basic medical care and a sense of community to individuals and families who most need it.
Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food to people in developing nations. We have packed meals with them numerous times, including at their annual Feed the Need MobilePack at North Central College. This is a great family volunteer opportunity!