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Our Current Recipient

Organizations that have received financial assistance through our PayIt4ward initiative

The 4th Sunday of each month is designated for special offerings to a local grassroots charity or national non-profit chosen by the Community Care Ministry. In addition to our congregation's financial contributions, our Concert on the Creek audiences have been very generous in their donations. 

To-date, we have collected and distributed over $9000 to the following non-profits since the initiative's October 2018 inception. Suggestions for future recipients are welcomed and appreciated!

  • United Church of Christ Hurricane Aid Fund

  • Laundry Love (2 collection drives)

  • One Body Collaborative

  • Crusader Clinic's Healthcare for the Homeless

  • The Haven Network

  • Milestone's Adopt-a-Camper

  • Shelter Care Ministries

  • Carpenter's Place (2 collection drives)

  • Noah's Ark

  • Remedies

  • Feed My Starving Children

  • Rosie's Birthday Club

  • Veteran's Drop-In Center

  • United Way COVID-19 Emerging Needs Fund

  • Rockford Urban Ministries

  • Family Peace Center

  • Crop Hunger Walk 2021

  • PAWS Humane Society of Rockford

  • Prairie State Legal Services

  • Robb School Memorial Fund / Uvalde, Texas

  • Mpingo Village Kids Back-to-School Project

  • NAMI of Northern Illinois (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

  • Children's Home and Aid

  • Nik's Wish (Nikolas Ritschel Foundation)

  • The Arc - a Disability Rights Organization

  • Jubilee Center at Shelter Care Ministries

  • Hoo Haven

If using our secure online donation form, please specify HOO HAVEN in the memo field.

Our April-May-June 2024 PayIt4Ward Collection will benefit Hoo Haven.

“Hoo” We Are

“Hoo” Haven is a wildlife rehabilitation and education center dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured, and orphaned North American wildlife. We are committed to educating individuals on the importance of conserving Mother Earth, from maintaining the land to ensuring that it is clean and beautiful for all. We are a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit facility and are 100% volunteer and donation-run!

 

What We Do

“Hoo” Haven is devoted to rehabilitating sick and injured North American wildlife. We welcome a variety of animals with the goal of nurturing them back to health. Once able to safely return to the wild, we release these amazing creatures! Some of our residents can, sadly, not return to their natural habitats, due to a permanent injury or due to the fact that they are a non-native species. These special residents are safely taken care of at “Hoo” Haven, a place they can call home.

 

“Hoo” Haven offers a multitude of educational opportunities, from our on-site tours to our wildlife programs! We have several programs including our Pelican Program, Eagle Program, and more!

 

Where We Are

“Hoo” Haven on the Pecatonica River near Harrison, IL south of Shirland. We are the only facility in Illinois licensed to rehabilitate bald eagles as well as the only facility in northern Illinois to have an X-ray machine on site. Many of our buildings were built by Scouts earning their Eagle badges! We rely entirely on donations, whether that’s monetary, wild animal food, or time by our volunteers who help care for our short-term and long-term residents.

A thermometer graph will be displayed at church and updated as donations are received. We are setting a goal of $500 and hope to reach or surpass that goal to support this worthy organization. Donations may be sent in or dropped off to the church office, or made electronically through the Spring Creek website's DONATE button located at the top of every webpage. Please specify PayIt4Ward in the memo field or select it from the dropdown menu of giving selections.

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