We have joined forces with several high-impact local organizations to help people in the communities around us. Through financial support and volunteer service, the people of Northwoods are making a difference!
Make A Difference
Let us help you find a place to serve or get more information about any of these great partner organizations.
Midwest Food Bank
Midwest Food Bank, with the help of hundreds of volunteers and donors, gathers and distributes food to over 600 organizations that provide food goods to members of our community and the entire Midwest. Northwoods sends volunteers to Midwest Food Bank on a monthly basis to assemble food baskets. Yearly, Northwoods and local grocery stores partner together for the Food4All Food Drive, raising thousands of pounds of food for Midwest Food Bank to distribute.
Teen Challenge helps men in the Peoria area overcome their addictions, connect with Christ, and reconnect with their families. Volunteers help Teen Challenge secure work assignments for the men in the program, serve in their thrift store, and help plan their annual fundraising banquet.
ELITE Youth Program
The ELITE Youth Program is dedicated to motivating Peoria high school youth who want to work and providing them with a job. Students attend a 20-week intensive training program where they get certified in communication skills, resumé writing, interviewing techniques, proper dress, and positive attitude in the workplace as well as in school and at home. After completing the program, students have the opportunity to apply for meaningful part-time jobs.
South Side Mission
South Side Mission, located in south Peoria, oversees 48 different ministries, including Adopt-A-Block. Through Adopt-A-Block, Northwoods has established real, tangible relationships with the poor along our adopted blocks on Malone Street. We also partner with the South Side Mission Friday Night Youth Ministry program to provide a meal, inspirational message, mentoring, and connection with Peoria-area youth. Check out our Upcoming Events list below to see how you can make an impact at South Side Mission!
FISH Food Pantry
FISH provides groceries to Knox County residents in need, and has assisted over 16,000 individuals in 2012 alone. Northwoods supports FISH in a number of ways: our annual food drive, hosting the Mobile Food Pantry and Mobile Food Drives, and volunteering our time to assist at the food pantry.
LaGrace Hall of Hope
LaGrace Hall of Hope provides shelter and food for homeless women and children in the Galesburg area who have exhausted their means of support. They also serve those who are living with a terminal illness, chronic pain or the broken heartedness of grief and provide food to the hungry, especially the disabled elderly, and those who suffer from a mental or physical disability.
Galesburg Rescue Mission
The Galesburg Rescue Mission provides food, shelter, clothing, counseling, discipleship and more for needy men and women and their children.