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Our Current Recipient

If using our secure online donation form, please specify Pay It 4Ward / NAMI in the memo field.

Our Jan-Feb-March 2023 PayIt4Ward Collection will support the mission and programming of Northern Illinois NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).


NAMI envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares. Their mission is to provide advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.


NAMI’s values are Hope, Inclusion, Empowerment, Compassion, and Fairness. They have educational programs ensuring families, individuals, and educators get the support and information they need.  They host support groups for those with mental illness and for caregivers. NAMI advocates and strives to shape public policy for people with mental illness and their families. NAMI staffs a HelpLine that provides free information and support, a lifeline for many of the NAMI families. NAMI sponsors public awareness events and activities to fight stigma and encourage understanding. For 40 years, NAMI has been a beacon of help and hope.

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

  • 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)


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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