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Love Works

As part of the Christ Church 50th Anniversary Celebration, Love Works was created to help honor God with acts of service. Please consider volunteering in one or more of the projects listed as an individual, with your family, or with a small group.

Disaster Relief
Join Samaritan's Purse in Greenbrier County, WV 
Sunday, July 2- Friday, July 7. Adults and children 14 and over with parent or legal guardian.

Disaster Relief

3 Spaces Available! 

A severe storm in June of 2016 caused heavy downpours unlike any West Virginia has seen in the last century. This storm caused flooding in 44 counties across West Virginia, Greenbrier Co. experienced some of the heaviest flooding. During the initial response over 1,800 volunteers came to West Virginia to assist homeowners with clean-up of their homes and property.

Christ Church of Oak Brook is partnering with Samaritan's Purse in their ongoing rebuild effort.
Rebuild volunteers will work on repairs for existing homes and ground up construction.
Volunteers should be prepared for hard manual labor to include all aspects of construction.

The only cost of the trip is travel to and from West Virginia. Carpooling is available. Food and lodging is provided until the end of the work day on Friday, July 7th

Participants must be 18 or older unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Contact: Renee Richel / rrichel@cc-ob.org 


DuPage PADS, Lombard Night Site 
Shifts Available from Sunday 8:30 p.m.  to Monday 7:30 a.m. 
June 11 & 12

 

A team of volunteers from Christ Church of Oak Brook serve the homeless in Lombard, IL from Sunday evening to Monday morning six times a year.   New volunteers will be paired with seasoned volunteers.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. We would be happy to talk you through them.  

Shift 1 - 8:30 p.m.- 12:00 a.m. Make lunches and assist with participants' needs.
Shift 2 - 12:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m. Monitor the night site, welcome late arrivals and warm up dinners.
Shift 3 - 4:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.  (Monday) Wake up participants, prepare and serve breakfast.
Shift 4 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  (Monday) Clean up crew.

Shift 1, 2 and 3 are open to adults only. Shift 4 is open to adults and children 13 and over with a parent or guardian.  All volunteers must complete a volunteer application and background check. 

What skills do you need?

Can you make a sandwich?  Can you pour a bowl of cereal? You are in!

Questions?  Contact group leader Duane Steiner, dj64steiner@aol.com.  

 


Love Christian Clearing House
New Ministry!  Love Connects
Training Sessions Available 5/18, 5/25 & 6/17 

 

Love Connects acts as a bridge that connects the Body of Christ with people who need help. Needs in our town are going unmet because there is no one available to do simple tasks for people who are unable to help themselves. Sometimes it is just a matter of making the connection.  If you’d like to run a nearby errand, help with yard work or simply visit with someone for an hour in a nursing care facility on an ‘as needed’ basis, when it fits your schedule, learn more about LOVE Connects at a 1-hour training session:

·        At the Clearinghouse Call-In center, 98 E. Chicago Ave, in Westmont on Thursday, 5/18, from 1:00 to 2:00 OR Tuesday, 5/23, from 3:00 – 4:00pm  

·        At Gloria Dei Church, 4501 Main Street, Downers Grove, on Saturday, 6/17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Volunteers must be 18 years or older.  A free-will offering of $8 to cover the expense of a criminal and sex offender background check is optional but appreciated.  No prior experience is necessary and training is provided.

Group Leader:  Renee Richel rrichel@cc-ob.org


New Pacific Garden Mission Opportunity!
Volunteer to pray, talk, listen, and encourage transient guests. 

May 27, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Pacific Garden Mission

Pacific Garden Mission has been meeting the needs of homeless men, women and children for over 125 years.  Today, that mission remains unchanged. In addition to a warm bed and meals, Pacific Garden Mission ministers to the homeless in order to win the lost for Christ.  Pacific Garden Mission is located at: 1458 S Canal St, Chicago. Street parking is available. 

Join this new opportunity as we take time to sit with transient guests at Pacific Garden Mission. Volunteers are needed to pray, talk, listen and encourage transient guests.

May 27, 9 – 11:00 a.m.  Volunteers will work in pairs, women will speak with women, and men will volunteer on the men’s side.  

Please join us on Saturday, May 27, 9 - 11:00 a.m. 

Contact:  Missions Office, 630-321-3921, rrichel@cc-ob.org 


Reclaim13 
Love > Fear | 5K Volunteers Needed

Volunteer course managers and post-race break down volunteers needed!
 

Reclaim13 is devoted to ending the sexual exploitation of children.  
Reclaim13 believes that every individual has the ability to make a difference in the fight for justice.

Reclaim13 is looking for volunteer course managers and post-race break down volunteers on Saturday, June 3 from 7 am to 11am. The race will take place at the Northeast corner of Jefferson Ave and Dunham Road in Downers Grove.

Group Leader:  Renee Richel, rrichel@cc-ob.org

 


Roosevelt Road Initiative
Elementary School Mentors 
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Kids Hope
Elementary School Mentors

Kids Hope is a strong nationwide organization dedicated to helping children.  Christ Church members Ellen Jurkonis and Ruth Vanderlaan have recently completed their Kids Hope training and are looking forward to leading a group of volunteers into the important roles of mentoring children and prayer partners for our mentors.  

Mentors will meet weekly with their students. Currently, the project will involve mentors meeting once a week at either York Center School or Stevenson School.  Both schools are in District 45 and are located near Westmore /Meyers Road and Roosevelt Road. 

The goal is to have mentors begin their meetings with students in the middle of September.  We know that is months away, but there are many steps to take before we can have our prayer partners and mentors begin.  We’ve started taking those steps and look forward to the time when mentors walk into a building to meet their students as their prayer partners support them.  

Contact: Ellen Jurkonis                 and      Ruth Vanderlaan

             jurkonise@sbcglobal.net             ruthvdl@gmail.com


Roosevelt Road Initiative 
Kids Hope Prayer Partners
Register For More Information  

 

Kids Hope Prayer Partners

Kids Hope is a strong nationwide organization dedicated to helping children.  Christ Church members Ellen Jurkonis and Ruth Vanderlaan have recently completed their Kids Hope training and are looking forward to leading a group of volunteers into the important roles of mentoring children and prayer partners for our mentors.  

Be a prayer partner to a mentor. Prayer partners will not meet with students weekly but will provide important spiritual support for their mentor.  Currently, the project will involve mentors meeting once a week at either York Center School or Stevenson School.  

The goal is to have mentors begin their meetings with students in the middle of September.  We know that is months away, but there are many steps to take before we can have our prayer partners and mentors begin.  We’ve started taking those steps and look forward to the time when mentors walk into a building to meet their students as their prayer partners support them.  

Contact: Ellen Jurkonis                 and      Ruth Vanderlaan

             jurkonise@sbcglobal.net             ruthvdl@gmail.com


Roosevelt Road Initiative 
York Community Resource Center

York Community Resource Center  (YCRC)  restores hope and provides opportunities for children, youth and families to reach their fullest potential. Through after school programs, tutoring, and parent groups, YCRC works in Villa Park/Lombard to advance the academic skills of children and youth, and to increase opportunities for all.

Serve your community and make a lasting impact at YCRC by becoming a tutor, or a classroom aide; join the arts and recreation team or assist with special events and field trips. Find joy by sharing your time, talents and energy.

If you are interested in any of the above, or related opportunities click below to start the process of filling out a volunteer application and background check.  Upon its completion a representative from York Community Resource Center will contact you to further explore your desire to serve.