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 $8000 to nineteen 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

Our Current Recipient

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

Our Oct-Nov-Dec 2022 Holiday Collection will benefit the Mpingo Village Kids Back to School Project. The funds collected will be used to provide gym uniforms and/or backpacks for kids in need in the Rockford School District. 


The Mpingo Village Kids was founded by Karon Tenner, a 10th grade student at Guilford High School. The members are students who strive to make a difference as community leaders and want to increase awareness in the community on health care, addiction, mental health, housing, and bullying.


Mpingo is the Swahili name for the East African Blackwood Tree. One of the unique features of the trees is that it is multi-stemmed and easily branched, meaning that the branches grow toward each other and twist together, making them very strong and durable. The Mpingo Village Kids come together to make a positive difference by modeling positive changes and draw strength and support from one another. They say we all need to “twist our branches together with love and kindness to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. It takes a Village!”


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.