Mission Giving. When the best way to lift up our sick, homeless neighbors is with an elevator?
We donate one.
Through our Mission Giving program, we provide grants to social service agencies whose primary focus is to “meet the basic human need” (food, clothing, shelter, employment, education, and justice). We support agencies where a small grant will make a significant impact on the organization and its clients.
Given limited capacity to fund new agencies in 2018, please contact Doug Crimmins for application information.
The application deadline for 2018 was July 15th and the 2019 application will not be available until the spring of 2019.
The organizations receiving recent support are listed below.
A Just Harvest
A Just Harvest is one of the few places in metropolitan Chicago where hungry persons can go any day of the year to receive a free, hot nutritious meal. A Just Harvest places no restrictions on the geographical location of its patrons or their level of income. This agency receives our largest grant, $11,000.
Common Pantry is dedicated to providing emergency food and social services to our neighbors in need on Chicago’s North Side while addressing the root causes of food insecurity and poverty.
Floured Apron (new agency)
WCC is pleased to provide the Floured Apron with weekly access to our kitchen so this agency can continue to perform its wonderful mission. The Floured Apron takes competent, capable, motivated women seeking to improve their life situation and spend 3-4 months training them in a food service environment. Pair them with local women from the community who’ve volunteered to be mentors..
Hope Community Outreach
Hope Community Outreach: A free weekly meal provides through volunteers at the Hope Community Church in the Austin neighborhood. Provides nourishment to the needy and provides and opportunity for Christian fellowship.
Hunger Resource Network is an all-volunteer dedicated to the alleviation of hunger by making connections between those who have food and those who need it. They provide high-quality protein and produce to their recipients agencies at no cost to them and make connections between those who have surplus and those who need it.
This organization fosters health and contributes to individual well-being and independence by delivering nutritious meals, medically prescribed diets, and providing other supportive services to the homebound, elderly, disabled and others temporarily unable to care for their nutritional needs.
Star of David Ministries
House of David Outreach Ministry provides food, clothing and basic necessities for the poor, unemployed, underserved and homeless individuals in the West Division / Central Ave. neighborhood of Chicago.
Career Resource Center
CRC is a re-employment resource that empowers and helps job seekers navigate the job search process.
Streetwise helps the homeless by providing an array of social services and by publishing a weekly magazine that is bought wholesale by its client vendors and resold at a profit. The model combines the opportunity for gainful self-employment with supportive services to assist the vendors on the road to financial self-sufficiency
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
CASA provides trained advocates for children who are wards of the state due to neglect and abuse. The advocates receive intensive training and are appointed by the court to represent the child.
Dorothy Stang High School
Dorothy Stang Popular Education Adult High School is the only bilingual high school completion program serving Latino adults, ages 25 or older, in the Midwest. Graduates of the program receive a state-certified high school diploma through Aspira Inc. of Illinois or Josephinum Prep School—both accredited Illinois high schools.
Lakeview Academy is a small, diverse, private alternative high school which offers a high-quality state-recognized diploma program for students who have “fallen through the cracks” in other high schools.
Sembrando El Futuro
Serving West Humboldt Park, Sembrando provides a safe place for children to come to do homework, get tutoring and have fun.
Third Unitarian Church
Serving the Austin neighborhood, the church offers $500 scholarships to qualifying college-bound high-school seniors.
Provides education and resettlement support programs for refugee individuals and families. The agency is located in Rogers Park.
Family Promise Chicago North Shore provides families with young children who are homeless, or at risk for becoming homeless, with a supported pathway to self-sufficiency. By providing both day and night time havens, nutritious meals, transportation, and social services to address issues that may have contributed to the situation, Family Promise gives parents a chance to focus on finding employment and provides guidance to create a plan to return to permanent housing. Winnetka Congregational Church three times a year houses families in this program at our church.
Housing Opportunity Development Corp.
HODC’s mission is to expand the stock of fair housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income households throughout the northern suburbs. It purchases, develops and rehabs rental and owner-occupied affordable housing units on its own and through joint ventures with other housing developers.
Interfaith Housing Center/Open Communities
The Interfaith Housing Center advocates for fair and affordable housing. It serves individuals facing housing discrimination, foreclosure and other housing issues. It also provides education and advocacy for fair and affordable housing. We are a member congregation.
brings together community members by enabling families and businesses to share their gently used furniture and household items with families needing assistance. This is a unique opportunity for the community to directly make an impact by passing on something they no longer need to make a difference in the life of a family.
Haven Youth and Family Services
Haven helps youth and families in crisis by offering 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency housing for adolescents, as well specialized programs on crisis prevention and intervention.
Fenix family a high-quality, comprehensive family healthcare facility that provides services to low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrant families in Lake County, Illinois. The primary focus of Fenix is to provide respectful care by meeting the needs of the patients with flexible hours, 24 hour emergency availability, and the integration of mental health services whenever needed.
Samaritan Counseling Center
SCC provides a unique kind of psychotherapy that incorporates faith and spirituality in its counseling.
Asian Youth Services
Provides after school tutoring and a safe haven for youth.
United Church of Rogers Park
The church provides an after-school program that provides a safe environment with activities and enrichment programs for children in the neighborhood.
New Life Baptist Church
New Life Baptist Church serves the homeless, needy, ex-offenders and troubled individuals.
C24/7 Father’s Arms Ministries
C24/7 Father’s Arms Ministries is a faith based organization dedicated to improve the lives of children and young adults through an after school program and bible study in Rogers Park.
We are looking for volunteers to help with the important work of the Mission Giving committee. If you would like to join us, please call Doug Crimmins (847) 736-8663 or Ray Gillette (312) 420-8368.