Serve Near
Serve Near

Serve Near

God calls us to help our neighbor, and through our opportunities to Serve Near, we want to do just that. Many people in the surrounding communities, and even our own, desperately need the love of Christ. Serve with us in spreading the Gospel and necessary resources to the people in our own backyard.

Join us for one of our Serve Near opportunities below:

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    Craft a Brighter Future for Children with By The Hand Club For Kids
    Thursday, Feburary 27, 2020 | 2:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Moving Everest Charter School | Chicago's Austin Neighborhood

    By The Hand Club For Kids (By The Hand) is a faith-based after-school program that emphasizes academic excellence while nurturing the whole child — mind, body and soul. Founded in 2001 with an initial group of 16 children in Cabrini Green, By The Hand now serves well over 1,500 first- through twelfth-grade students in four of Chicago’s most under-resourced neighborhoods. 

    During the crucial after-school hours — when most crimes against kids are committed — By The Hand provides a safe environment; mentors and tutors children; provides for their physical well-being with nutritious meals and healthcare, including dental check-ups and cleanings and eye exams; and invites them into the good news of the Gospel. The results of By The Hand’s efforts speak for themselves: 100 percent of By The Hand’s 2018 seniors graduated high school, with 89 percent matriculating to college. That year, 83 percent of all By The Hand students professed personal faith in Christ.

    Featured Serve Opportunity:

    Thursday, February 27 | 2:00 – 7:30 p.m.

    Join a group of Christ Church volunteers for an afternoon with By the Hand’s after-school program. In Chicago’s Austin neighborhood — just 20 minutes from Christ Church Oak Brook — By The Hand partners with Moving Everest Charter School to provide students with holistic after-school services, including tutoring, social activities and spiritual guidance. We’ll be providing homework help, working with students on a computer reading program, serving a meal and joining kids at the table for fellowship. There may also be an enrichment activity such as dance, cooking or crafts. The goal of the day: create an environment where kids are known, loved and equipped to thrive.

    This is a Group Serve opportunity and transportation is provided. Meet us in the Commons at Christ Church Oak Brook at 2:00 p.m. for orientation and prayer before we travel to Moving Everest Charter School. We plan to return to Christ Church Oak Brook by 7:30 p.m. Please note that for the safety of the students, all volunteers must complete the Volunteer Application process, including a Background Check.

    For more information and to register, call Renee Richel at 630.321.3921.

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    Help Families Build English Conversation Skills at Resilient's "Chatting With Friends" Program
    Tuesday mornings | 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
    North Elementary School | 150 W Sunset Dr, Villa Park, IL 60181

    Chatting with Friends is a pilot program at Villa Park's North Elementary School that encourages English speaking, understanding and comprehension skill-building. Conversations, games, visual aids, magazines, websites, etc. will be utilized to encourage and support proper language usage and comprehension. The program takes place at North Elementary School on Tuesday mornings from 8:15- 9:15 a.m. in the Leap Room.

    Program focus:
    The program is open to the parents of North Elementary students. Parents will be invited to remain at the school when they drop off their children to participate in Chatting with Friends. Volunteers will greet parents and their small children as they arrive at the Leap Room. A separate space for children will be available if necessary.

    Volunteers will engage parents with conversations and activities that will foster friendship, acceptance, and support. The children will be kept busy and cared for by a volunteer who will have a number of supplies to keep them busy, interested, and occupied so the parents can concentrate and learn.

    Volunteers will:
    • Commit to weekly classes on Tuesdays from 8:15-9:15 a.m. (Feb. 25 – May 5)
    • Attend an introductory meeting at the Resilient office in Villa Park to learn about the program and its role in the school (date and time to be announced)
    • If at all possible, attend North Elementary’s Open House on 2/20/20 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Commit to praying for the program, staff and participants


    For more information, please reach out to Eilleen Rollerson at 630-957-8603 or, or Melissa Sandy at 630-957-8616 or


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    Food Pantry Event | Second Saturday of Every Month
    Wednesdays | 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. | Elmhurst
    Fridays | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Oak Brook Terrace 
    Saturdays | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Oak Brook Terrace 

    Please consider volunteering at the Salvation Army with the Christ Church food pantry team on any or all of the following pantry set up and distribution days.

    Please join us the second Saturday of every month at 1 S. 415 Summit Ave in Oak Brook Terrace from 8:00 - 12:00 p.m.. We will distribute food to guests, help carry groceries out to cars and  help clean up. 

    If you are not available on Saturday you can meet us the night before and help set up from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Oak Brook Terrace.  

    On the Wednesday before, we meet at Life Storage located at 953 S. State 83 (frontage road on the east) in Elmhurst from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. to load donations into our truck. 

    Register now and you will be contacted by a Food Pantry team leader to answer any questions you have about the time and date(s) that you are available. 

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921



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    Disaster Relief | Samaritan's Purse | Multiple Locations 
    Tornado, Flood & Hurricane Response

    Samaritan’s Purse North American Ministries responds quickly when natural disasters strike, deploying an army of volunteers to come alongside homeowners and bring relief and compassion in Jesus’ Name. Samaritan’s Purse currently has response and rebuild projects underway way in 10 locations, from Michigan to Alaska — and they need your help. There is no cost to volunteer; you must simply provide your own transportation. Once you arrive to the worksite, food and lodging is provided free of charge.

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921

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    Love Christian Clearinghouse 
    Call In Center Volunteers Needed  | 3 Hours a Week 
    Customize Hours to Your Own Schedule

    LOVE Christian Clearinghouse Call in Center Volunteers Needed!

    Listen to callers, complete an assessment form and share the LOVE of CHRIST over the phone!  This volunteer position also provides the opportunity to learn about area social services and agencies available to assist our callers.  

    Do you love helping people but are unable to travel? Volunteer with LOVE Christian Clearinghouse just three hours a week helping local families in need by listening to callers, completing anassessment form,  providing resource information and sharing the love of Christ over the phone. This weekly commitment gives you room to take time off for vacation and grandkids/childrens soccer practice!
    Training is provided.

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921