This page features the ministries that are currently in need of volunteers and events that are happening now within our community. 

Annual PADS Coat Drive

Although it might not seem like “Winter Is Coming,” we all know that it will be here soon. In fact, it is a little chilly now for the PADS homeless population currently living in the Downers Grove Parking Garage. Thus, this year’s coat drive, sponsored by Congregational Care, will focus on helping this group, as well as others who come to our attention through our ministerial staff. 

Ministry of Christian Mission & Justice is helping us coordinate this coat drive. We will be pivoting away from asking our congregants to purchase and return the needed items (coats, boots, hats, gloves, socks, thermal underwear); instead we are asking that you contribute by writing a check to the church (with PADS Coat Drive on the memo line) and mailing it to First Congregational UCC. 

Congregational Care and its supporters, including the Confirmands, will help facilitate the PADS Coat Drive by doing the shopping for the requested items. We will be accepting donations through Thanksgiving week. Questions? Please contact Gail Jaroski at 630-916-0149 or e-mail her at jarosk19@comcast.net. 

The Little Free Pantry

Donations of nonperishable food are still needed for the Little Free Pantry. 

Place donations directly in the Little Free Pantry. 

If the Pantry is full, please email Mary Dove or Vicki Peters

1047 Curtiss Street

Downers Grove IL 60515


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