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Willow Crystal Lake's local Compassion and Justice efforts are making an impact throughout Crystal Lake and the surrounding areas to bring the hope and help of Jesus to every individual.

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SERVING LOCALLY | Compassion & Justice serving opportunities throughout the year

To learn more about what Willow Crystal Lake's Compassion & Justice ministries are doing locally and globally, subscribe to our C&J updates here.

Read below to find out how you can partner with Willow Crystal Lake to love and serve our community throughout the year. 

When Helping Hurts Class

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. starting September 21. A six week study on how to help those in need in a way that really helps without hurting. Click here for more details and to register. 

Blood Drive

The need for blood is in high demand. If you are healthy and able to give blood, we encourage you join our periodic on-site blood drives, and also to contact one of the two blood centers below to regularly give.

  • Versiti Blood Center of Illinois (815) 356-0608, 6296 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

  • Lifesource (877) 543-3768, 5150 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Our next blood drive will be scheduled soon. Check for new updates weekly.  

Community Helpers

Our Community Helpers serve individuals who cannot afford to hire help, but have materials on hand. The team has served single parents, the elderly, widows and those with special needs. Projects are limited to those that can be completed in one day. Roofing and ladders are not included for safety reasons. In this Covid season, our main expression is through partnership with Habitat For Humanity (Fox Valley). Find more information below.

Crystal Lake Food Pantry

Composed of a group of volunteers from nearly twenty local churches, the Crystal Lake Food Pantry focuses on meeting the needs of those considered “food insecure”. Our Willow Crystal Lake team serves on the fourth and fifth Thursday evenings each month.  For more information, email Julie.

Foster Care and Adoption Ministry

Our Foster Care and Adoption Ministry connects, equips, and supports families through the foster care and adoption journey. To learn more, please email Melissa

Chicago Angels is our foster care partner in the Chicagoland area. To learn more about how you can be a part of the community that supports and participates in foster care, email Chris, or visit the Chicago Angels website at

Habitat for Humanity

Be a part of the McHenry home building projects as WCL partners with Habitat for Humanity! Email Steve to get connected and learn more about upcoming projects.

Her Hope

Because every woman deserves to be free.

This team strives to equip and empower the body of Christ to stand against the evils of human trafficking right here in northern Illinois AND reach out to the victims. There are many ways to connect with this group from joining a book discussion to helping victims in tangible, practical ways.  For more information on how you can be involved email Donna

Homeless Ministry

Learn ways to engage our community members walking through homelessness. Our new daysite for the homeless in our area just opened on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. For more information, or to volunteer, email Julie.

Kids Hope USA

Invest your lunch hour one day a week to make a lasting difference in the life of an at-risk child as we partner with Kids Hope USA. Contact Laura to volunteer with the Willow Team. Learn more at

Prison Outreach Ministry

Willow Crystal Lake's Prison Outreach Ministry provides hope, encouragement, and support for incarcerated men and women, as well as their families. We partner locally with the Helping Hands Ministry, serving the men and women at McHenry County Jail. Our team helps lead Willow's Christmas gift outreach in December, providing gifts for prisoners in Illinois, and now even other states around the country. The Prison Pen Pal Ministry writes letters to those incarcerated throughout the United States. To learn more about how you can get involved, email Julie.

Juntos Ministry

Our Juntos group connects Spanish speakers into community through serving and fellowship. Email Arhely to get connected.


Sanctity of Life Resources

Find resources surrounding sanctity of life here




Subscribe to our Compassion & Justice updates

To learn more about what Willow Crystal Lake's Compassion & Justice ministries are doing locally and globally, subscribe to our C&J updates here.

Global Serving

Want to reach out beyond our community? Visit our Global Serving page!




Contact WCL Outreach Pastor Julie Davis via email or at 779.220.5832 .