COMMUNITY EVENTS &
Ongoing Club Projects
Naper Setttlement Paw Paw House Gardens
Since 1979 our club has been planning, planting, and maintaining the perennial and vegetable gardens surrounding the Paw Paw House in the Naper Settlement. The Paw Paw House is one of the several landmark buildings that have been preserved and restored as part of the Naper Settlement, which is a depiction of a typical Northern Illinois town of the
1831 - 1885 era.
In the spring of 2019, a tree was planted in memory of Tulita Wynne who passed in 2016. Tulita was a charter club member who helped care for the Paw Paw Garden since 1978
In 2015 the Cress Creek Garden Club received the Presidential Service Award for their ongoing volunteer efforts at Naper Settlement. Naper Settlement has partnered with the White House to become a Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Awards, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service.
Spring Planting Crew
Fall Cleanup Crew
Once a month, members of the club assist residents of The Community Convalescent Center in Naperville to make their own floral arrangements or other projects and provide them with an opportunity for social interaction. Each session also includes bingo and singing accompanied by one of our members on the piano. This interaction benefits our members as well as the residents.
Du Page Children's Museum
The entry bed and butterfly garden at the DuPage Children's Museum are planted by members of
Cress Creek Garden Club
Cress Creek Garden Club selects local charities to support each year. The following are the chosen charities for 2019-2020 with their missions:
360 Youth and Family Services Naperville, IL
Providing life-changing services to youth through prevention education, counseling and shelter.
DOMINICAN LITERACY CENTER Aurora, IL
Helping women to learn to read, write, and speak English within an atmosphere of mutual respect and dignity.
ECUMENICAL ADULT CARE Naperville, IL
Providing care for seniors and respite for caregivers
FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES Naperville, IL
Providing housing, mentoring and supportive services to homeless women and their children as they work toward self-sufficiency.
FAMILY SHELTER SERVICES Wheaton, IL
Providing help and hope for victims of domestic abuse and their families.
LINCOLN MEMORIAL GARDEN SPRINGFIELD, IL
NAPERVILLE DISTRICT 204 INDIAN PRAIRIE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION KID ESSENTIALS FUND
Providing essentials to ensure pressing hardships can be dealt with immediately. (currently 118 homeless families with 230 homeless students and another nearly 5000 low-income students)
NAPERVILLE DISTRICT 203 CHRISTMAS FUND: Christmas fund for needy children
NAPERVILLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Raising and granting funds for programs that enhance and enrich the educational experience of Naperville School District 203 students
NORMAL MOMENTS Naperville, IL
Supporting parents with critically ill children in the home, the hospital and via web resources so that they can spend as much time as possible sharing the normal moments with their children.
WE GROW DREAMS West Chicago, IL
Providing job training for individuals with disabilities and the opportunity to develop skills and also work with nature, living plants and in some way be gardeners.
THE ALIVE CENTER Naperville, IL
Alive's mission is to be a teen-led, teen-driven center focused on empowering the youth of today to become the impassioned, resilient leaders of tomorrow.
Trinity Community House in Cress Creek Commons is a residence for adult men with developmental disabilities. Residents share household duties to the extent possible and appropriate. All the activities are part of a learning environment that encourages the individual with disabilities to become as capable and independent as possible. In 2016 the club created a landscape update plan which was implemented with the help of a local Boy Scout troop. Front and back yard improvements were made, a vegetable garden was added, and annuals and perennials planted. The club will continue to do plantings.The club is working on developing an overall landscape and curb appeal improvement plan that Trinity Services can implement on their own over the following three to five years.
The National Garden Clubs organization, one of the nation’s most-recognized nonprofits and largest volunteer gardening organization in the world, named The Cress Creek Garden Club the 2016 overall winner for Horticulture Therapy Garden Projects.
Cress Creek Garden Club members plant annuals and perennials in the gardens of Veteran's Park to enhance the beauty and serenity of this Naperville park.
Other Volunteer Activies
Members making scarecrows for Cantigny's fall display
Members working at the Garden Clubs of Illinois booth at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show