Willow "Giving" Tree Capital Campaign

In July 2021, Willow Tree Missions purchased a building in downtown Monticello that enables us to greatly expand our services to include two transitional housing apartments, multi-purpose space, and double the resale shop space to enhance our Christ-centered support programs. To maintain the historical integrity of the building, while equipping it for our purposes, and meeting life safety code requirements, at this point we estimate approximately $284,000 in renovation costs (see list here). Renovation funds will be immediately applied to meet essential building safety code requirements and water infiltration issues, allowing us to better serve the urgent, ever-growing needs of those affected by domestic violence.

With target dates of opening the new resale shop space by June 2023 and the efficiency apartments by December 2023, we are diligently pursuing various grant opportunities and developing a Willow “Giving” Tree capital campaign to help in meeting these overwhelming one-time costs. Renovations have already begun, utilizing volunteers and experts, and prioritizing the most urgent items on our to-do list.

Since 2007, Willow Tree Missions has offered refuge and resources to county residents who are trying to escape domestic violence. Our clients tend to have been isolated from friends and family and have little or no support system. In desperation, they often come to us with less than $5 to their name. We would like to be able to extend that critical support beyond the crisis by offering transitional housing for 3-6 months while individuals begin rebuilding their lives.

With the purchase of the downtown Monticello building, we now have room for this housing as well as a multi-purpose space to conduct and grow community support programs. The completed renovations will also allow the resale shop to double its footprint between our current resale shop at 351 W. Monroe Street and this building. The additional revenue generated will enable growth in the essential services we are able to provide for our community’s domestic violence victims and meet the annual operating budget.

We are hopeful that you will partner with Willow Tree Missions to invest in our one-time renovation needs helping us fully open this building within the next year. With your vital assistance, Willow Tree Missions can better restore hope and energy to the people of Piatt County who are desperately trying to repair their lives.

Willow “Giving” Tree Support Levels

Just as the roots, trunk, branches, and leaves work together to provide nutrients, strength, pathways, and protection to the tree, your gift will similarly impact the structure of Willow Tree Mission and its client services. Inspired by Shel Silverstein’s book, The Giving Tree, we believe Willow Tree can be our clients’ quiet place to rest, to climb its trunk of resources and swing toward freedom from its branches, to find solace under its leaves…. and to be at peace. Will you help Willow Tree to grow?

Leaves
Financial Contribution: $1 - 499 and/or
Volunteer Commitment: No minimum

Branches
Financial Contribution: $500 - 1,999 and/or
Volunteer Commitment: One hour per week
(Equivalent to 4 hours per month)

Trunk
Financial Contribution: $2,000 - 4,999 and/or
Volunteer Commitment: Five hours per week
(Equivalent to a group of 10 working 2 hours per month)

Roots
Financial Contribution: More than $5,000 and/or
Volunteer Commitment: Eight hours per week
(Equivalent to a group of 10 working 3 hours per month)


Looking for other ways to partner with us?
Check out our Donation page https://willowtreemissions.org/donate

Donation Options:

  • Mail a check made payable to Willow Tree Missions to 100 E. Washington St., Monticello, IL 61856
  • Venmo @Willowtreemissions
  • Facebook.com/willowtreemissions
  • By credit card - fill out form below