Benton County Fair animals help fill Love INC freezers

Livestock AuctionThis year’s Benton County Fair was sweltering with daily temperatures in the upper 80s, but at the end of the week several hundred pounds of meat were donated to the deep freeze.

Love INC’s Feeding Area Residents Meat (F.A.R.M.) program depends on donations during the fair’s livestock auction to provide quality meat to individuals, food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. This year we were blessed with six chickens, seven pigs, five sheep and one steer.

Pig Quilt Raffle WinnerOnce the meat is processed, it’s stored in the Love INC freezers and will be available to share with families in need.

Thirteen volunteers took turns at our F.A.R.M. booth this year to explain to passersby what the program is all about. Someone also donated a quilt appropriately decorated with a pig theme that was raffled off and earned nearly $75 to benefit the F.A.R.M. ministry. Congratulations to Becky Davids who won the quilt raffle!


Expectations high for this year's School Supply Giveaway

2013 School Supply GiveawayThe annual School Supply Giveaway is just two weeks away!

It’s an exciting time with a record number of teachers from throughout Benton County expected to participate in the giveaway on Friday, Aug. 29. The Corvallis School District alone has hired approximately 30 new teachers for the 2014-2015 school year – attendance may well exceed 400 local teachers!

Volunteers and donations are still needed. Currently 16 churches are collecting various school supplies and we owe a big thanks to Life Community Church for providing space for storing donations until the week of the giveaway. The Toyota dealership in Corvallis gave us a generous donation in the form of a grant and is once again providing shopping bags for the teachers.

If you’d like to join us in blessing our local teachers through this event, please contact Volunteer Services manager Kathleen Braithwait at 541-286-4731 or You also can sign up online here. Several shifts are available according to the following schedule:

Monday, Aug. 25: Unloading and Moving Boxes of Donations, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Tuesday/Wednesday, Aug. 26-27: Sorting and Inventory, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29: School Supply Giveaway Day, 8:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers needed during the event include bakers and hosts at the Bus Stop Café, greeters, registration table workers, door prize and gift bag helpers, floor rovers, middle and high school students to serve as “Beasts of Burden” and a clean-up crew from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

2014 School Supply Needs List

Partner church seeks donations for Clothing Giveaway

The Circle Church of Christ, one of Love INC’s partner churches, is looking for donations of clothing to share with the community during its annual Clothing GiveawayClothing Giveaway Aug. 22-25.

The giveaway is scheduled earlier than in the past and their stock of clothing is smaller than usual for this time of year. They are in need of usable, clean clothing in all sizes. Donations can be brought to the church at 2020 N.W. Circle Blvd. and left in the donation box in the southeast corner of their parking lot.

All the clothing to be given away is for personal or family use only, not for resale. Feel free to share information about the event with those in need of clothing. The giveaway hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

For more information, call the Circle Church of Christ at 541-758-4456.


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.”


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).