Winnetka Covenant Church members are directly involved in service to our local community.
A few examples include (click on the blue text to be directed to each organization's website):
Family Promise Chicago North Shore provides services for homeless families in transition to help families with children in need get back into permanent and sustainable housing and employment. Winnetka Covenant and its member volunteers provide children and families shelter at our church facilities, hospitality, and a way out of a homeless situation. The next opportunity to serve is January 14-21, 2018. Click Here to Volunteer
20 Winnetka Covenant volunteers go the third Saturday of every month, 9:00-11:45am, to help package food for The Greater Chicago Food Depository who distribute donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 69 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 140,000 meals every day. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required for volunteers age 14 and up. Contact Rachel Rescorl or Debbie O’Donovan with questions. NEW PROCEDURE: Volunteers must register and sign up online ahead of time. There are 15 volunteer slots available,and volunteers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. So sign up early if you want to be guaranteed a slot! To register and sign up:
Next Opportunity: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Winnetka Covenant members regularly prepare and serve meals at A Just Harvest whose mission is to reduce poverty and hunger in Rogers Park and the greater Chicago community by providing nutritious meals daily while building a just society through advocacy and collaborative relationships across racial, cultural and socio-economic lines to promote the well-being of patrons served. The next opportunity to serve at A Just Harvest is from 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM on the following Thursdays. Depart church at 4:30pm.
We will be preparing meals for A Just Harvest in our church kitchen on the following dates from 1:00-3:30pm in the WCC Kitchen. Contact Mary Beth Kovacic to volunteer or with questions.
Winnetka Covenant works to partner and complete service projects at Cornerstone Community Outreach ("CCO"). CCO was created in 1989 to raise the quality of life for low-income residents of the United States and the rest of the world through social, educational and economic development programs that include: development & preservation of decent & affordable housing for the poor, job training & creation, educational & social programs, and feeding & sheltering the homeless. CCO is a ministry of Jesus People USA ( JPUSA), a Christian community in Chicago. JPUSA operates both as an intentional Christian community and as a worshiping church. They began as an independent ministry in 1972, and in 1989 joined the Chicago Evangelical Covenant Church. At JPUSA 500 people live together at a single address on Chicago's North Side, living communally and pooling resources to minister to one another and those outside the community.
Located in the North Park Neighborhood in Chicago, Winnetka Covenant supports and regularly provides volunteers to the North Park Friendship Center. The NPFC provides an increasing number of ministries to families, children, adults, and seniors in our neighborhood, including:
• Food pantry (including food delivery for the home-bound)
• Mother's Closet—providing clothing for all ages
• Referral services
• Job training and counseling
Bjorklund House and Independence Place are home to 28 adults with developmental disabilities. A 24-hour staff encourages residents to achieve their maximum level of independence in the group setting. From doing their laundry and helping with meals, to grocery shopping, using public transportation or holding a job in the community, residents experience the satisfaction of daily strides in their growth toward independence.
When completed, Promise Place of Northbrook will offer a safe, caring environment for six high-functioning developmentally disabled adults. The small community will enjoy the benefits of the unique partnership of three ministries: Covenant Enabling Residences of Illinois.
Mission to reach the homeless, offer recovery for the addicted and help restore productive lives. The vision is that recovery should be available to all who want sobriety and have no other means of acquiring help. Our own John T. Couleur serves as the Executive Director.