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Bobbi Peet named July Volunteer of the Month
Bobbi Peet, the inventory coordinator for all of the Gap ministries at Love INC of Benton County, has been selected as our July Volunteer of the Month.
A volunteer for one year, she was first attracted to and continues to be involved with the organization because she wants to serve those in need in the name of Christ.
Bobbi admits it’s sometimes a challenging task “to figure out what things are and what they are used for” as she tries to keep up with each ministry’s resources. “But it’s worth it because I know that at the end of the day, I’ve helped to expedite things going to the right Gap Ministry where they will do the most good for those in need,” she said.
Bobbi is also a grandmother and a member of The Well Covenant Church. She enjoys reading in her spare time.
Volunteer Services Manager Kathleen Braithwait says Bobbi was a natural pick for this honor. “Bobbi has a heart of gold and our community benefits by the way she uses her gifts to serve those around her,” she said. “She is a vital part of keeping our office running smoothly.”
Loads of Love ministry on hold
The Loads of Love Gap Ministry has been put on hold for a season. As with any Gap Ministry, a point person and/or a church is needed to "own" the ministry. One of our interns did a great job starting the Loads of Love ministry but she has since moved on.
Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen Braithwait explained she has had conversations with various people about serving as director of the ministry, but that no one has accepted the position yet. A second reason for concern is that there have been many "no show" clients, she added.
"This can be discouraging when volunteers are ready to serve and clients don't show up," Braithwait said. Clients are urged to take responsibility for keeping appointments. If they don't show up at the laundromat when they've made an appointment through Loads of Love, they must wait a month before making another laundry appointment. What's unfortunate is that now when we hear from clients who are responsible and who need the help we offer through this particular Gap Ministry, it's unavailable, she added.
We know there is a big need for this ministry in our community. Please pray with us for more volunteers and especially for a coordinator for this Gap Ministry. Also, pray that we can find ways to help clients develop a higher respect for keeping their commitments.
Volunteering is easier than ever!
A new online volunteer application is now available for anyone who wants to sign up as a Love INC volunteer through our Web site. The link is always posted on the Volunteer Opportunities page under the Get Involved tab in the menu bar at the top of each Web page.
A link to a hard copy of the application form is also available there for those who prefer to print the application and fill it out by hand. Paper copies of the application should be brought or mailed to the Love INC office, 2330 N.W. Professional Drive in Corvallis (97330).
Pockets of Prayer making a difference
Call Center manager LaCheri Carlson reports that the relatively new Pockets of Prayer campaign is going well. But there can never be too many prayer warriors!
Throughout the week, Carlson inserts prayer requests that come in directly from clients or that she and other volunteers are aware of in a row of brightly colored fabric pockets on the wall at the Love INC office. People are invited to come in at their leisure from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday to pick up one or more of the requests. They can “stay and pray” for the situation in a quiet place provided for them there, or they may take the request home with them.
All requests are written discreetly to maintain Love INC’s confidentiality promises to its clients and those who wish to participate are also asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.
“If an established Bible study or small prayer group would like to get the prayer requests via e-mail, I would be glad to send them a Pocket of Prayer,” Carlson added. “We believe we need ‘pockets of prayer’ all around our community and this is a new way to help accomplish this.”
If you have questions about the program or would like to arrange for e-mail delivery of prayer requests, call 541-757-1311 or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.