Saturday, January 28, 2023

Donate to Compassion for Campers on Faithify Crowd Funding and Get a 20% Match


The Faithify crowd funding appeal for Compassion for campers is up and stay will up for 30 days until February 27.  Faithify is like GoFundMe for Unitarian Universalists.  See it and share widely.  We will also receive a match grant for 20% of the total raised from MidAmerica Chalice Lighters!

Our goal is to raise $2500 to continue our critical work.  You don’t have to be a Unitarian Universalist to donate on the app.

Compassion for Campers is a project, involving many congregations across the county, which provides essential gear and supplies to the unhoused population of McHenry County who spend all or part of a month camping out or sleeping in vehicles and vacant spaces. It provides emergency equipment including tents, sleeping bags, tarps, cooking stoves and fuel, non-perishable food, personal hygiene items, first aid and safety material, and other items free of charge to those in need.

It is a ministry of Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry, Illinois. Tree of Life has been involved in supporting the unhoused population for decades. Covid hit the program hard with increased need and decreased donations.  During these tough winter months we could use your help to keep this important ministry going.

Compassion for Campers Compassion serves the unhoused during Community Resource Days on the first and third Friday of every month from 10 am to 2 pm  at Willow Crystal Lake, 100 S. Main Street in Crystal Lake.  Many agencies and organizations are on hand for these events to help the homeless gain access to housing, medical treatment, food assistance, and other available aid.  Guests can also shower, get haircuts, do laundry, and enjoy hot community meal.  All are treated with dignity and respect.

Compassion for Campers is an independent ministry of the Tree Of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry with the support of other churches, organizations, and individuals.  It is entirely dependent on generous donations and usually operates on the thinnest of margins requiring about $900 to purchase supplies for each distribution.

Compassion for Campers has a special dedicated account with the church cannot use for any other purpose and Tree of Life donates all administrative expenses, so all donations go directly to assisting our clients—the most bang for your charity buck!

Once again, visit to donate.

For more information contact Compassion for Campers coordinator Patrick Murfin at 815 814-5645 or email .

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