First Congregational Church is proud to partner with the following organizations in 2018.

Click on an organization’s name for more information and how you can help.


  • Back on My Feet

    A nonprofit that combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources.

  • Soup Kitchen

    An organization based out of Union Church of Hinsdale enriching the quality of life of older adults and their families through a range of programs and services.

  • Hands of Hope

    A dedicated group of Chicago area women who strive to build sustainable systems in Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, and Zambia.

  • St. Vincent de Paul’s Marillac Center for the Homeless

    An organization that focuses on at-risk families and individuals in the Chicago area who are vulnerable due to limited income, housing options, and employment opportunities.

  • Bethel New Life

    A community nonprofit on the West Side that invests in people who are ready to invest in themselves through microloans, education, and job creation.

  • Transition Perks

    A coffee shop in Western Springs run by Lyons Township High School students (18-22 years old) with various disabilities who have met the requirements for graduation, but continue to receive training.

  • K9s for Warriors

    A nonprofit that aims to provide service dogs to warriors suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11.

  • Interfaith Community Partners

    Interfaith Community Partners Interfaith Community Partners is a non-profit organization which provides transportation to older adults to physician appointments, grocery shopping, and other quality life errands like trips to the bank, hairdresser, and church. If you or a friend could benefit from these services or if you are able to volunteer to drive, please call…

  • Center For Independence

    An organization that helps children with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy develop motor function and positive self-esteem through “Conductive Education.”

  • Church World Service

    A cooperative humanitarian ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations.

  • Openlands

    An organization that protects and maintains the natural spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding area.

  • Common Hope

    A nonprofit that provides impoverished Guatemalan families with opportunities for better lives through a comprehensive set of programs.

  • Chicago Theological Seminary

    A UCC-affiliated seminary that has educated future church leaders for over 160 years.

  • Plymouth Place

    The UCC retirement community is the premier senior living community in Chicago’s western suburbs.

  • The LeaderShop

    A La Grange-based nonprofit that engages and empowers local youth to become competent, confident, and community-minded adults.

  • Global Ministries

    The vision of Global Ministries is to work for justice, reconciliation, and peace through receiving and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

  • Reclaim 13 (Cherish House)

    A long-term, trauma-informed, residential treatment facility dedicated to giving girls who are victims of sex trafficking a place of love, support, and emotional healing.

  • Community Nurse

    A nonprofit that is dedicated to enhancing the health of the community.

  • The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Illinois and Wisconsin

    This regional association seeks to expand the ministry of Christ in mission, witness, and service, as well as to establish and build up congregations.

  • Sole Hope

    A nonprofit that aims to find preventative methods to combat diseases that enter through the feet.

  • Community Support Services

    A nonprofit that works with children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

  • Our Church’s Wider Mission

    A conference dedicated to spreading peace and justice and listening to the words of the Stillspeaking God.

  • Big Rig Books

    A mobile library operating in the greater Chicago area and Ft. Myers, Florida. Children from low-income homes are given the opportunity to select books to take home.

  • Companions Journeying Together

    An organization that seeks to reach incarcerated women and men through a variety of programs designed to build healthy relationships and foster positive communication.

  • Outdoor Ministries

    UCC camps and retreat centers all over the country that serve local congregations, nonprofits, families, individuals, and businesses year-round.

  • Constance Morris House

    This extension of Pillars endeavors to create a safe environment where survivors of domestic abuse can learn to empower themselves and make informed decisions about their future.

  • Foods Resource Bank

    An organization that raises money to help people in developing countries grow their own food.

  • San Lucas UCC

    A Humboldt Park UCC congregation that serves 5,000 people a year through a hot meals program, food pantry, and thrift store.

  • Cradles to Crayons

    An organization that strives to bring basic necessities to children in need.

  • Midwives for Haiti

    An organization that trains nurses to be skilled birth attendants and brings high impact projects to combat maternal and infant mortality in Haiti.

  • Feed My Starving Children

    A nonprofit committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit.

  • Dining for Women

    A “global giving circle” that funds grassroots projects in developing countries that are fighting gender inequality.

  • Night Ministry

    A Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, healthcare, and human connection to those struggling with poverty and homelessness.

  • Open Books

    An organization that worked with thousands children each year to build literacy and confidence in both reading and writing.

  • Hinsdale Family Services Food Pantry

    A compassionate nonprofit that serves the residents of Southeast DuPage County.

  • ACES

    An agency that helps local counselors and social workers address the unmet mental health needs of teens.

  • Off The Street Club

    A Chicago-based organization aiming to keep 3,000 children off the street and expose them to a safe, supportive environment.

  • Automotive Mentoring Group

    A nonprofit that teaches young men and women the art of automobile restoration.

  • Hope Chest

    An upscale resale shop that specializes in women’s and children’s clothing.

  • Aerie Africa

    A U.S. nonprofit that provides safe homes and loving support for orphaned children in the Wolaita Soddo region of Ethiopia.

  • Pillars

    A nonprofit with a mission to provide comprehensive mental health, social, and educational services to people of all ages.

  • Buddy’s Place

    A bereavement and grief program that offers family-based support groups for children, teens, and their families.

  • Ronald McDonald House

    RMH homes allow families to stay near their children while they are receiving treatment.

  • Aging Care Connections

    An organization based in La Grange whose mission is to enrich the quality of life for older adults and their families.

  • Plymouth Fellowship

    The high school youth group at our church seeks to strike a balance between faith and fun.

  • Church Women United

    A movement of Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and other Christian women inspired by the Holy Spirit to serve women and children around the world.

  • Savers

    A group of stores nationwide that offer high quality, gently used clothing, accessories, and household goods.

  • B.E.D.S. Plus

    An organization that helps the homeless population of West Suburban Cook County obtain stable, affordable housing and provides a continuum of support services including professional counseling and employment services.

  • Rebuilding Together

    An organization that improves the homes and neighborhoods of elderly, disabled, and low-income residents.

  • The CommUNITY Diversity Group

    An organization that believes all people are vital to the community, regardless of differences.

  • Share Your Soles

    The nonprofit states its mission as, “Lacing the world together since 1999.”

  • Back Bay Mission

    A UCC organization based in Biloxi, Mississippi whose mission is to eradicate the sting of poverty and its effects on individuals and communities.

  • RefugeeOne

    An organization creating opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.

  • Dresses for Hope

    A nonprofit dedicated to clothing vulnerable children throughout Africa and beyond.

  • Teen Parent Connection

    An organization that supports young mothers and fathers confront the challenges of parenthood and create opportunities.

For more information on Mission and Outreach, contact Meredith Onion at 708.246.1900, Ext. 222.


First Congregational Church Youth Ministries is proud to
partner with the following organizations:

Not-For-Profit Organizations:
· Feed My Starving Children
· San Lucas Church
· Hunger Crop Walk/Church World Service
· USO (United Service Organizations)
· Aunt Mary’s Storybook (a division of Companions Journeying Together)
· Project Linus

Work Tours:
· Rural Mission – Johns Island, SC
· The Arc of Louisiana – Baton Rouge, LA
· Back Bay Mission – Biloxi, MS
· SBP (St. Bernard Project) – New Orleans, LA
· Washington Seminar Center – Washington DC

For more information regarding Youth Ministries partnerships, contact Mike Tilden at 708.246.1900, Ext. 232.