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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. 

We have collected a total of more than $6000 for sixteen non-profits since the initiative's October 2018 inception. Suggestions for future recipients are welcomed and appreciated!

  • United Church of Christ Disaster Relief Fund (Hurricane Aid)

  • 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

Our Current Recipient

Our Holiday Collection for October-December 2021 will benefit CROP Hunger Walk. CROP Hunger Walks are community-based events held in cities and towns across the country to raise funds to support the mission of Church World Service, a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised are returned to the host community to support local hunger-fighting efforts. In Rockford, the Greater Rockford Pantry Coalition receives these funds.


The CROP (Christian Rural Overseas Program) Project was started in 1947 when farmers were asked to donate food and seed crops to our hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia. In 1969, the first CROP Walk events were held to support the project.  Since then, walks and events have been held in hundreds of communities - large and small - raising millions of dollars to eradicate hunger and poverty, in local communities and around the world.


Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world, but it doesn't have to be this way. Ending hunger is possible, and it is possible in our lifetime. We can all help make it happen. CROP Hunger Walks bring us all closer, step by step, to ending hunger once and for all!


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Liz Schultz

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.