Compassion for Campers, the program that provides camping gear and equipment to the unhoused in McHenry County, has become the victim of our own success and is in urgent need contributions to continue its service effectively. We have been distributing essential supplies including tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tarps, stoves and fuel, as well as non-perishable food, mosquito spray, sunscreen, and personal hygiene items at Warp Corp, 114 Benton Street in Woodstock on a daily walk-in basis. We recently joined the Community Empowerment Shower collaborative service event at Willow Crystal Lake, 100 S. Main Street, where we served more clients than at any previous individual event. The next scheduled Empower event will be Friday, July 16 from 10 am to 2 pm and then the first and third Fridays in August—6th & 20th.
We are out
of our big ticket items for both Warp Corps and Willow and need to resupply
but our funds are way down.
In May and June, we ordered supplies for $1,866 and $1315
respectively but will have to significantly up our order to meet the current
demand at both locations. The
trouble is as of June 28 we only had $904 on hand—less than we need to completely
supply even one of them.
With two events at
Willow beginning in August we will need even more. And we are also trying to build reserves
so that we can contribute to supplying hotel rooms in case of
another cold weather emergency this winter.
We hope that you
can help us out with an urgently needed donation.
support Compassion for Campers can be made by sending a check made out
to Tree of Life UU Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL
60050 with Compassion for Campers on the memo line. For information on how to make
donations online or by direct deposit from your account contact Judy
Stettner at email@example.com.
The donations are placed in a dedicated
fund and not used for any other purpose. Tree of Life also donates all the administrative
expenses of the program so 100% of all donations go directly to
Thanks so much for your consideration!