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

Downers Grove Community Kitchen

Our church serves dinner every Monday night and the 2nd Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m. This takes place in the Community Kitchen, the former reading room of our new property next door at 1101 Curtiss Street.  

If you would like to volunteer for this community wide ministry, please click on the following link to the NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022 SignUpGenius.  If you just want more information or details, please contact Mary Dove at marykdove@gmail.com or 630.935.6166.   

FCUCC is happy to be a part of Community Kitchen!  Thank you for volunteering to serve and help our neighbors who are facing housing and/or food insecurity.  We will be providing dinner every Monday night and also dinner on the second and fourth Fridays.  Lunchmeat, cheese and bread are donated by Angelo's Food at Maple and Belmont for our Monday meals.  On Fridays, we are asking for volunteers to prepare the food and drop it off at the Community Kitchen.  Other volunteers will serve.  

On Mondays, please arrive at the west entrance of the church at 4:45 pm to prepare the sandwiches.  We'll then put the meals on rolling carts and transport them to the Community Kitchen at our new property at 1101 Curtiss.  Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Cleanup follows.  

On Fridays, food volunteers will deliver the food directly to the Community Kitchen at 5:15.  Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30 pm by other volunteers.  Cleanup follows. 

The number of guests is very fluid.  We can serve as few as 12 or as many as 30.  Numbers have greatly increased and 18-25 is the norm right now.  There will always be an experienced volunteer at every shift.  

Please remember to take proper safety precautions including wearing masks, gloves and practicing social distancing. Do not volunteer if you have been in contact with anyone or are experiencing any fever or other symptoms.   

Please review available slots and click on the button to sign up.  If you have any questions, please call Mary Dove at 630-935-6166.  Thank you!

Location: UCCDGPlease take a look and see where you might be able to help out. Friday meals are very flexible. If you can't make meatloaf, bring a casserole. If you don't want to bring fruit or jello, bring a tossed salad. It will all work.

The number of guests we're serving is rising. 25-30 is not uncommon right now. So we're asking for slightly more servings than we have in the past, so we're sure to have enough.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our food insecure neighbors. This mission has been a blessing in many ways and we want to continue as long as there is a need.    

The Little Free Pantry

We are continuing to stock the pantry with non-perishable food and personal items for the homeless and others in our community who are experiencing food insecurity. To help us continue with this ministry, please donate to the pantry using this updated link for a full list of acceptable items. (From November through March we ask that you avoid donating items in cans and glass jars, as they may explode in freezing temperatures!) If you have any questions please reach e-mail Kathy Gajewski. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting this pantry! 

PADS Update

Purchase of the Red Roof Inn on Butterfield Road in DG.  They have been using this motel for their pandemic hoteling program, through which they provided shelter for over 400 people during the pandemic (including 130 children). They will need our continuous support until they relocate all clients.  Priority will be given to families with children, individuals with mobility issues and those fleeing from domestic violence.  They are hopeful that this 135 room future interim housing site will replace all the church sites.

The purchase of the Red Roof Inn, renovations and initial operating budget is $7.5 million.  Dupage PADS has received private donations of $1 million and has requested $5 million from two separate funds that the county controls with monies from recent pandemic legislation.  They need to raise an additional $1.5 million.  They will be seeking personal, private and corporate donations toward this “building fund.”  Please share this need with those who may be able to assist.