Hearts of Grace members are encouraged to serve their community through volunteer service at Outreach.
Books for Birthdays
Get involved and help us spark a love of reading with the children served by Hearts of Grace! Launched at the 2016 Hearts of Grace women’s luncheon, this ministry project demonstrates to each child in our elementary school program at the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream (OCC) and toddlers at Jubilee Village their immense value in God’s Kingdom.
Beginning January 2017, every child receives a new book on their birthday, a personalized birthday card, birthday bag and treats. In the first year of the program, every child also receives a storybook Bible.
Note: We are currently in need of books for older children (ages 8-11).
How you can engage:
- Provide new books from our wish list of pre-selected, age-appropriate titles and authors.
- Purchase from Amazon.com or Target.com and have the books shipped directly to Outreach.
- Or, download our wish list to purchase your books locally. Deliver to Outreach’s administrative offices (122 W Liberty Dr, Wheaton) or bring to a card/bag decorating party.
- Host a book drive in your church of neighborhood and maximize your impact!
- Create personalized birthday cards and gift bags at a decorating party.
- Gather a small group or come solo. All are welcome!
- Parties are held every other month. Upcoming dates:
- March 23: 1-3 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. (filled)
- May 25: 1-3 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. (filled)
- July 27: 1-3 p.m. or 7-9 p.m.
- September 28: 1-3 p.m. or 7-9 p.m.
- Help build a library at Jubilee Village for the toddlers in residence.
Call 630.682.1910 or contact us by email to register.
Hearts of Grace Ministry Project Leadership Team
Darcie Bonga, Megan Dominguez, Sue Herrmann, Tina Keenon, Bonnie Malcolm Chrisman, Bonnie Pihl, Connie Weaver, Barb Wisdom
The Christmas Store Project
The Christmas Store at the Outreach Community Center is the highlight of the holiday season for more than 400 families who live in the neighborhood surrounding the Center. Residents are able to shop for new presents for their children at 75% off retail cost. More than 3,000 presents are distributed each year! Gift drives throughout the broader community provide the new presents.
Hearts of Grace is recruiting Gift Drive Champions who are willing to arrange a gift drive in October and November at their church, business, club, neighborhood or activity groups.
To register or to learn about more volunteer opportunities at the Christmas Store, visit outreachchristmas.org.
Jubilee Furniture Project
Jubilee Furniture is Outreach’s warehouse-sized used furniture outlet, located at 730 E North Avenue in Carol Stream.
Customer Service Teams of four to five volunteers are needed to fulfill shifts on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the store. Become a part of the fastest growing resale outlet in DuPage County. Help Hearts of Grace develop Customer Service Teams by volunteering as a team captain or as team members. Complete the volunteer form.
Interested in helping sell collectibles through e-commerce websites such as Ebay? Join the online marketing team for Jubilee Furniture and help maximize the money raised for Outreach’s programs. Complete the volunteer form.