Coronavirus Response: Get Help & Get Involved

While the days ahead hold unknowns, we are here to help.

We know the impact of COVID-19 will have ripple effects in our lives—emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally, and financially. We want to help you with the challenges that will come your way and provide ways for you to serve.

 

CARE & ASSISTANCE

The closings of schools, workplaces, and organizations has drastic implications for many. If you, or someone you know is in need of assistance, we are here to help.

Food Assistance
We invite you to drive up to our Care Center and receive an emergency relief grocery bag. The Care Center is open for drive-ups from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays,  6:30–7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 8–10 a.m. on Saturdays.

Emotional Support
We have pastors on call 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, who are ready to listen and pray with you. Simply call 847-765-5000 and ask to speak with a response pastor.

Prayer Support
Do you want someone to partner with you in prayer? Fill out our prayer request form, and our prayer team will lift up your request.

Home Deliveries
Are you in need of food but unable to leave your home? Fill out this form and set up an emergency food pack delivery.

Employment Counseling
If you’re looking for a job, a volunteer employment counselor can meet with you through a phone or video call to help direct you to employers that are hiring. Fill out this form to inquire! 

Care Center Services Request
If you are looking for resources and referrals, a member of our Care Team can connect with you by email or phone call. Fill out this form to inquire! 

 

WAYS TO HELP

The coming weeks will present us with new opportunities to bring the hope and compassion of Christ to our neighbors. Here are some ways you can help!

Build a Box
Since March, the Care Center has experienced a 50% increase in demand for food. We currently provide food to more than 1,100 households each week, and our partner Greater Chicago Food Depository helps us feed 960 of those families. As unemployment continues to skyrocket, the requests for food will rise and create a gap between the need for food and our supply of it. 

You can fill this gap by filling a box.

Together, let's fill 10,000 boxes of food and be the church to our neighbors by ensuring that anyone in need of food can receive it.

Learn more here.

Give Online
Our Care Center and ministries are able to support our church and community through your tithes and offerings. While it may be tempting to hold tight during times of uncertainty, we ask that you remain faithful in giving. If you give in-person, you can mail a check (67 E Algonquin Road, South Barrington) or begin giving online—it's safe and simple. Your generosity allows us to continue serving others. Thank you!

Give Online

Check on Your Neighbors
We are learning that serving and loving your neighbor during a pandemic often looks like staying inside and helping everyone by not spreading the virus. If you are looking for ways to serve your neighbors, this form could help you do that. Simply print it out, fill it in, and put it by their door.

If you learn your neighbor has a need for food, please point them to the Care Center emergency food delivery service form here.

Donate Items
We have received a lot of donations, and our partnership with Greater Chicago Food Depository remains strong. So we don’t need individual donations right now, but stay tuned. If you have access to large scale donations or corporate donations, please get in touch with us at carecenter@willowcreek.org.

Give Blood
It is estimated that 80% of blood drives have been canceled over the next four weeks, and hospitals are struggling to meet needs for blood donations. The blood drives at Willow will maintain safe social distancing practices, and you can give blood by appointment only. The next blood drive is May 31, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Register here.

If you can’t give blood at Willow, consider donating blood through the Red Cross or Versiti.

Pray
Prayer is a powerful tool that God has given us to fight fear and confusion. He has given us a spirit of power, peace, wisdom, and courage. We ask that you pray for the following:
- Pray against fear (Romans 15:13)
- Pray for the sick and vulnerable (Jeremiah 17:14)
- Pray for those searching for answers or seeking God (2 Corinthians 4:6)
- Pray for public health officials, governments, and healthcare workers (1 Timothy 2:1–2)

Stay Home
One of the only ways we can flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections is by limiting our contact with others. Please stay home to protect both yourself and those in our community who are at a higher risk. 

Check In
The mental and emotional strains of social distancing can be difficult to bear. We encourage you to find time every day to call a family member, friend, or neighbor to check in and connect.