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Staff announces holiday closures
The Love INC office in Corvallis will be closed Thursday and Friday (Nov. 28-29) to allow staff and volunteers to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their friends and family.
The office also will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Dec. 24-25) and on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1).
Love INC fans invited to join Christmas parade
Come join the Love INC staff and board members in the 29th annual Corvallis Community Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 30!
The parade starts at 7 p.m. at the corner of Fourth Street and Washington Avenue and moves north on Fourth to Jackson Avenue. The parade will conclude with a celebration of song and the lighting of the Benton County Courthouse and community Christmas tree.
Various staff members and volunteers plan to wear elf and angel costumes -- perhaps accessorized by sunglasses and leis to fit in with this year’s parade theme “Hawaiian Aloha Christmas.” We’d love for you to join us to pass out candy, faith bracelets and brochures about Love INC along the parade route.
For more information, contact Carol Terrill at 541-286-4731 or email@example.com.
The Christmas Store needs gifts
Gifts are still needed for Love INC's Christmas Store which will open early this year on Friday, Dec. 6.
The Christmas Store ministry allows clients to "purchase" holiday gifts for their family using vouchers <ahref="http://www.yourloveinc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/The-Christmas-Store.jpg"> that they've earned during the year volunteering at partner churches, schools or other non-profits in the community. The store is stocked by donations of new or gently used gift items collected throughout the year.
Toys for all ages are needed including cars and trucks, remote control vehicles, dolls, Princess items, science sets, Legos and K'Nex. Inexpensive cameras, art items and jewelry also are popular.
Men's and women's gifts such as towel sets, tools, mind puzzle games, sports equipment, candles and other decorative items are appreciated. Gifts cards to fast food places, coffee shops, movie theaters, etc. are also always welcome.
Donations can be brought to the Love INC office in Corvallis at 2330 N.W. Professional Drive (Suite 102) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Papa's Pizza hosts Dec. 2 Fundraiser
Papa’s Pizza is hosting a fundraiser on Monday, Dec. 2 to benefit the ministries of Love INC of Benton County. Love INC will receive 50 percent of the value of food purchased all day by patrons who bring in a Pizza Day flyer.
Papa’s Pizza is located at 1030 S.W. Third St. and is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. A copy of the flyer is available by clicking here: Pizza Fundraiser Flyer.
People also may purchase Fundraiser Bucks which are good for future purchases at Papa’s Pizza. These gift certificates will earn 25 percent of their value for Love INC. Beverages and delivery orders are excluded.
Love INC seeks Volunteer Services Manager
Love INC of Benton County is accepting applications for Volunteer Services Manager. The application deadline is Oct. 20 or until the position is filled.
The primary role of the Volunteer Services Manager is to recruit, train, mobilize and show appreciation to Love INC volunteers. The position is part-time, 25 to 30 hours a week, and may require some travel and extra hours to participate in special events and activities.
Qualified applicants will have good communication skills, leadership experience and demonstrated competency using Microsoft Office Suite. A complete job description is available here.
Interested applicants are asked to send a cover letter, resume and job application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 20. For additional information, please call the Love INC office at 541-286-4731.
Click on the following link to view the Volunteer Services Manager job application.
Katy Weber, the current Volunteer Services Manager, is leaving to focus on her other passion -- teaching and leading others in children's ministry. "God has presented Katy with some wonderful opportunities supporting her non-Love INC role, and it makes our hearts happy to see her with such amazing possibilities in her life," executive director Corrie Latimer said.
Volunteers needed for women's winter shelter
Volunteers are needed to help operate the annual Cold Weather Shelter for Women. The shelter is set to open Nov. 1 at a new downtown location.
The Corvallis First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave., has offered to host the shelter this year and is seeking the assistance of volunteers from throughout the Corvallis faith community. The first training session for volunteers is set Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon in the church’s Community Center.
One to two people are needed to provide a snack each night for up to 10 women. Two volunteers also are needed at 6:30 p.m. to help the church/shelter coordinator make coffee and welcome shelter guests between 7 and 8 p.m. While there, the women will be able to watch TV, enjoy the snacks, go online, or go to sleep right away. They also will have occasional opportunities each week to shower.
At 11 p.m., an overnight volunteer is needed to serve as emergency back-up for the overnight paid staff who will stay awake all night. The overnight volunteer will be allowed to sleep, but will be asked to help serve a hot beverage and breakfast snack to guests before they leave the shelter by 7 a.m.
The shelter will be open from November through April 1. Organizers hope to enlist enough volunteer teams to cover 21 weeks. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to contact shelter coordinator Sara Power at email@example.com.
People who would like to attend the Oct. 12 training should RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-740-3235. The training will focus on important policies and procedures essential to creating a safe, consistent and welcoming shelter environment. Teams also should come with several options for the dates they would like to volunteer in case other groups are interested in the same dates.
Churches can help by donating new socks and underwear for the women, hotel-sized toiletries, feminine hygiene products and blankets. A few more beds are still needed, and the Methodist church hopes to keep on hand small clothing items (gloves, hats, scarves) and a few emergency coats and sweaters.
School Supply Giveaway a huge success!!!
Nearly 400 teachers from throughout Benton County participated in the 13th annual School Supply Giveaway at Linus Pauling Middle School in Corvallis on Friday, Aug. 30.
About 175 volunteers from various churches in the area helped with the event and approximately $125,000 worth of teaching supplies were given out. One teacher shared that he didn't really need more teaching supplies but that he came "to feel the love and support."
Our prayer has been that teachers would recognize that believers are loving them and serving them because of Jesus. This man's words indicate the he knew from past experience what he would feel when he came to the giveaway and he came again this year because of the encouragement he received.
Every summer, participating churches collect items for the event and various foundations, individuals and businesses also contribute to the effort.