Community Crisis Center

The Gretchen S. Vapnar Community Crisis Center was founded in 1975 to meet the needs of individuals and families in crisis. Employees provide comprehensive services to individuals and families suffering due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or economic difficulties. The mission of the Community Crisis Center is to provide Safety, Hope, Advocacy, Respite, and Education for those impacted by crisis and violence in Illinois.

Visit the Community Crisis Center’s website for more information.

UUCE Collection Drive

When we are meeting in person, UUCE hosts regular collection drives for the Community Crisis Center on our Fellowship Hall.

For the month of January, donations can be brought to the church on Saturdays, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. See the calendar for more details.

Accepted Donations

To accommodate our own space restrictions as well as the Community Crisis Center’s, we only accept donations that the Community Crisis Center is actively seeking.

Coats/Winter Wear

Priority coat needs are: Men’s and Women’s size Large, XL, XXL, and XXXL.

The Community Crisis Center is only accepting coats that are in good condition (no holes, broken zippers, missing buttons, stained, torn, etc.) and are heavy winter weight. Please do not donate light jackets, hoodies, raincoats, fashion jackets, etc. Due to COVID related space restrictions, they do not have the capacity to keep up with donations other than heavy winter gear. New hats, gloves, and scarves for all ages are also needed and most welcome.

Personal Care Items

  • Diapers (sizes 4, 5, & 6)
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • deodorant for men & women
  • disposable razors
  • small & large bottles of shampoo
  • conditioner
  • lotion
  • body wash
  • soap bars
  • new bath towels
  • laundry detergent (HE only)
  • dishwasher detergent packets
  • dishwashing liquid

Emergency Food Pantry

Only non-perishable food items are accepted. These can include:

  • Pancake mix & syrup
  • Oatmeal
  • Non-sugared dry cereal
  • Saltine crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Grape jelly
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned chili
  • Canned ravioli
  • Canned soup
  • Boxed mashed potatoes
  • Long-grain white rice
  • Dry or canned pinto beans
  • Canned fruit
  • Juice boxes
  • Bottled water
  • Children’s snacks
  • Baby formula
  • Baby cereal.

Single serving size cans are popular.