#BeTheChurch and serve our local community!

Join a Summer Serve Team!

Summer Serve is a special #BeTheChurch opportunity where you get to explore some of the many ways COMMUNITY is active in meeting needs and seeking to restore God’s dream for the world. Throughout the week of June 20-25 we are hosting one-time volunteer opportunities where you can contribute while learning more about various Community Cares ministries and partnerships.

If you have a heart to make a difference, Summer Serve is for you! It’s a great way to serve with your small group, give back to causes close to your heart, and even try out something new without a long term commitment. Whatever your motivation, we look forward to having you join us!

Contact Leanna Weber at leannaweber@communitychristian.org

See below for the partners your gifts support:


  • World Relief
  • Mission: fostering a movement among local churches to create welcoming communities where refugees and immigrants thrive
  • Learn about World Relief


  • Giftmart
  • Mission: Partners the local school with the community and faith-based organizations and re-imagines charity at Christmas-time
  • Learn about Giftmart

Downers Grove

  • Caring Network
  • Mission: Compassionately care for women who are facing an unexpected pregnancy by empowering them to choose life
  • Learn about Caring Network


  • Bridge Communities
  • Mission: Transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services
  • Learn about Bridge Communities

Lincoln Square 

  • The Friendship Center
  • Mission: The Friendship Center offers hope and dignity through access to food, vital resources and critical social services for the northside neighborhoods of Chicago.
  • Learn about The Friendship Center

Lincoln Park

  • Lincoln Park Community Services
  • Mission: Brings communities together to empower individuals facing homelessness and poverty to secure stable housing and make sustainable life changes.
  • Learn about Lincoln Park Community Services


  • The Neighbor Project (Previously Emmanuel House)
  • Mission: Activating the potential of working families to revitalize their neighborhoods through savings, education and homeownership
  • Learn about The Neighbor Project




  • Caring Hands Thrift Shop
  • Mission: Provide support to families in our surrounding communities by providing items to those in need
  • Learn about Caring Hands



Contact Loyd Bowman, loydbowman@communitychristian.org

Summer Serve is is complete for 2019 – Join is in 2020!

Summer Serve allows COMMUNITY to partner with organizations in the Chicagoland area as they work to care and support our neighbors and communities. This year we’ve set a goal of engaging 800+ volunteers at more than 40 different locations in Aurora, Chicago, Joliet, Plainfield, Lemont, Downers Grove, Montgomery, Naperville, and Yorkville.

Our first round of Summer Serve took place on June 19-22. Summer Serve continues July 20 in Downers Grove!

Serving opportunities will be available for all ages and schedules throughout the dates listed above with our partner organizations: 360 Youth Services, Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, Bardwell Elementary School, Breakthrough Ministries, Bridge Communities, CareNet, Downers Grove School District 58, Emmanuel House, Feed My Starving Children, The Forgotten Initiative, Giftmart, Habitat for Humanity, Hesed House, ink180, Katherine Manor, Lifespring, Loaves and Fishes, New Life for Old Bags, Reclaim13, Sharing Connections, Urban Youth Ministry, Watts of Love, World Relief and Young Life.

On Sunday, July 12, 10% of our total giving will go to supporting our local partners!

Each location is designating which partner they are supporting and 10% of what is given will be split evenly between these 10 organizations. Let’s show our communities how we can #bethechurch and give generously on July 12!

Summer Serve Volunteer Celebrations

Join us at One of These Two Celebrations on Sunday, June 23

4 PM food trucks and music on the patio – 1635 Emerson Lane

5 PM BBQ on the lawn  – 131 Montgomery Road