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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    World Relief | Virtual Volunteering 

    World Relief DuPage/Aurora works to foster a movement among local churches to create welcoming communities where refugees and immigrants thrive. In partnership and community with the local church, World Relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially, and spiritually. 

    Virtual Volunteering with World Relief

    The uncertainty and adversity of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted immigrants and refugees in our neighborhoods in profound ways. That's why, throughout this unusual season, World Relief continues their ministry of equipping and empowering these vulnerable people to find their way — and they need your help.

    Virtual Volunteers can utilize their gifts and expertise as youth, English language or citizenship tutors and career mentors. And because loneliness is one of the greatest challenges refugees and immigrants face in America, good friends are greatly in need. Serve as a Friendship Partner and get to know a refugee or immigrant family, helping them adapt to America by providing consistent friendship, cultural empowerment and other practical help.

    Contact: Peter Celauro | | 630.321.6751

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    Inner City Impact | Remote Learning Helpers
    (This is an ongoing, in-person opportunity)

    Inner City Impact (ICI) provides after-school programs, camps and leadership development opportunities for the urban children of Chicago’s Humboldt Park, Logan Square and now Cicero. ICI exists to present the living Christ to kids through discipleship and by integrating them into the local church.

    Overcoming the Challenges of Remote Learning

    Inner City Impact is consistently evaluating the best way to meet the needs of the families they serve. This is especially true during the COVID season. With Chicago and Cicero Public Schools starting school at 100% remote learning, ICI is now offering a place for students to go in-person to conduct their virtual learning. They will execute this program in their two community centers and at a third location in partnership with Ebenezer CRC in Berwyn, IL.

    In order to do this safely and with greatest reach, ICI will have students stay in pods of 10 students and two leaders, with three pods meeting each day. Each pod will have their own entrance, room, and restrooms. Other safety measures include social distancing, face masks and daily temperature checks for everyone. ICI is also limiting leaders to be in contact with 20 or fewer students. 

    The biggest obstacle to serving these students is the need for adult leaders who are able to be present during the day to make sure students are safe and help with the occasional questions they may have. Are you in a position to help with filling this need for leaders and to help our students with their education this year? Those interested in volunteering will be required to fill out a volunteer application, go through a short training, and pass a background check (unless ICI already has you on-file).

    Please contact Jeremy Lamour, ICI's Director of Engagement, via the info below:

    Jeremy Lamour, Director of Engagement | Inner City Impact | (773) 384-4200

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    Food Pantry | Second Saturday of Every Month
    Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace

    Due to the protections required to slow the spread of COVID-19 the food pantry is currently limiting the amount of volunteers each month to 10 people inside the gym and 3 people outside of the gym running food to cars. If you have never volunteered for the food pantry before, click the button below and a representative from the food pantry team will reach out and speak to you about volunteering in the future. 

    When the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted we look forward to serving with you and your family again.

    Register now and you will be contacted by a food pantry team leader. 

    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