Our Values

The Willow Creek Care Center is committed to fighting poverty and injustice so that lives are transformed and Jesus is known. By sharing the hope and love of Christ while meeting basic needs and offering long-term solutions, your gifts help empower people toward a more stable future while promoting Care Center values:

Dignity — Creating a radically inclusive community where people are treated with dignity and respect regardless of their ethnic economic, legal or religious status

Hope — True hope is found in a redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ

Transformative — Transformation occurs in the hearts of those serving and being served, as God redeems hurting people and broken situations


How can I invest in the Willow Creek Care Center Mission? 

Give a one time or recurring gift on our secure giving link. Our safe and secure online giving platform allows for a specific dollar amount to be deducted automatically from a checking/savings account or debit/credit card. Setting up a recurring gift is a most efficient way to provide ongoing support to the valuable programs at the Care Center.

If you prefer, mail your gift to the Willow Creek Care Center at 67 East Algonquin Road, South Barrington, IL 60010. Include your name and address on the check or envelope so that your gift will be credited for tax purposes. Designate Willow Creek Care Center in the memo on your check.

All gifts to the Willow Creek Care Center directly offset program expenses that serve more than 10,000 families each year. Click here (coming soon) to see how gifts meet immediate needs for our families. 


Can I make a non-cash financial gift?

Non-cash gifts are a welcome support to the Care Center. 

Gifts of Stock: A tax deduction is provided for the fair market value (FMV) of your securities at the time of gifting without capital gains tax on the difference between your cost and the FMV. Note your gift should be applied to the Care Center. Any questions, please email the contributions team.

Donor Advised Funds: To make a gift through a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), ask your DAF representative to send your gift to the Willow Creek Care Center at 67 East Algonquin Road, South Barrington, IL 60010 and include your name and Care Center designation with the gift. 

Retirement Accounts: If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can provide a gift to the Care Center through your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) as a Qualified Charitable Deduction (QCD). Your gift will not be taxed when sent to a charity. Contact your financial advisor for assistance in this efficient method of supporting the Care Center.

Memorial or in Honor Gifts: A gift given in memory or honor of a loved one is a fitting way to acknowledge dedicated volunteerism or passion for the Care Center’s mission in one's lifetime. To track and report gifts to the family/honoree accurately, forward the auto thank-you message (for online gifts) to with the name of who you are memorializing or honoring. For checks, please include their name in the memo line.

A gift summary is sent to the family/honoree, including a list of contributors and the total amount given. Families or honoree, please email the main contact’s name and address to receive the gift summary to

Other Giving Options: Gifts of life insurance, retirement assets, bequests, and through a charitable gift fund. Details can be obtained when you contact the Willow Creek Accounts Receivable Department or call (224) 512-6636.


Additional ways to support the Care Center

Items accepted during open hours (unless noted)

Vehicles Donations (C.A.R.S. Ministry)

  • We accept cars, motorcycles, RVs and boats donated in any condition. Vehicles are picked up free of charge.
  • Qualified vehicles are repaired and cleaned, then given to approved families in need of transportation.
  • Junk and clunkers are sold, with proceeds used toward the repair of other vehicles.
  • To donate your vehicle, fill out the online donation form.

Computers (Computer Connection)

  • We accept desktop or laptop computers no more than 6 years old. Keyboards, mice, cables, and flat-panel monitors are welcomed.
  • Computers are refurbished and given to families, individuals, and organizations in need.
  • Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays at the Willow Creek South Barrington Campus (67 E. Algonquin Rd., South Barrington, IL) F Outer Dock. When entering the F dock, look for the Computer Connection Donation Dropbox. OR contact via email,, to arrange a drop off time and location.

Clothing and Shoes

  • Clothing donation drives sponsored by companies and organizations are welcomed! See the donation drive section to get started!
  • New or gently used: clothing and shoes for adults and children in any size. Rubber-band shoe pairs.
  • New only: children’s socks, undergarments, pajamas, and swimwear in any size.
  • Receipts are only given for donations received in person by a Care Center representative during our open hours.

Note: Donations may be dropped anytime in the outdoor collection bins located under the Care Center drive-up canopy. Donations dropped in the bins are not eligible for a receipt. 

Food and toiletries

  • Unexpired, individually wrapped/commercially packaged food
  • Canned items in good condition; with a label, free of dents and rust
  • Peanut butter, jelly, soup, cereal, tuna, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, and chili
  • Items that meet dietary needs, e.g., gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-based, and vegetarian options
  • Toilet tissue, diapers and paper towels

Organized donation drives

If your company, group, or organization would like to start a donation drive on our behalf, we couldn't be more honored and thank you. Below is an overview of the process and some basic guidelines. Drives play an important role in supplying most needed items that are hard to acquire or deplete quickly.

Email us first: Please email, subject line, “Donation drive by [your group name].” A staff member will email back with either questions on what you’re looking to donate or provide a list of our most-needed items at that time.

Identify as a volunteer: When running the drive, we want your organization/group front and center! Be clear that this is your effort benefiting Willow Creek Care Center.

One contact: Consider assigning one person that will contact us to schedule the drive and a drop off. We want to build strong relationships and avoid miscommunication.

Drop off: To serve you better, we accept donation drop offs of any size by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, email, subject line “Drive appointment for [your group name].”

Unfortunately, we can't accept as donations furniture, electronics, or CRT monitors.


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Every gift is highly valued. On behalf of every Care Center guest whose life is made brighter because of your investment, thank you. You are blessing many lives with dignity, hope and transformation. 

For questions about giving in support of the Care Center, contact Bonnie Malcolm Chrisman, Care Center Development Manager, at or 224.512.1183.


Per IRS regulations, gifts made to the Care Center must be received or postmarked by December 31 in order to receive donation credit for tax purposes in that year.