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Reach Rockford

Connecting our ministries and partnerships

About Reach Rockford

“Work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”  —Jeremiah 29:7

Reach Rockford oversees local ministries and partnerships that address our region’s spiritual, social and material needs. This has included everything from helping the community engage with COVID-19 resources to hosting a community forum on fighting human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

We also administer First Free’s Jeremiah Fund, which offers “no strings attached” grants to inspire our congregation to pursue the welfare of the Rockford area through the work of local nonprofit organizations.

Here are the local ministries currently supported by
Reach Rockford:

Carpenter’s Place

Habitat for Humanity

Haven Network

Hope 2 Turn

Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford

Rock House Kids

Rockford Rescue Mission

Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry

Stateline Youth for Christ

How can I help?

These local organizations frequently need volunteers. Click the links above to learn more about the current volunteer needs of these organizations. You might also consider volunteering on the Reach Rockford team! As a volunteer with Reach Rockford, you will help…
  • Participate in monthly team meetings
  • Connect with local ministries and partners and updating the church
  • Organize and run quarterly church-wide drives
  • Participate in Big Day of Serving
Contact Pastor David Creek at to learn more.

Community Stories

No longer alone

No longer alone

Through the recent “Baby Bottle Boomerang” collection, First Free raised over $50,000 for the Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. We spoke with Executive Director Nikki Tibbetts about what the center does and the challenges it faces.

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Neighbors in Uniform

Neighbors in Uniform

First Free’s support of the School Uniform Co-op serves low-income families at local elementary schools.

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Josh Pardee and Erin Blume
Taffy Grahm
Men at Starting Point