Volunteers needed to serve at Fall Festival

The Corvallis Fall Festival is one of the most popular events hosted by our community each year. The Sept. 27-28 event features hundreds of artists, live music, food and drink and it presents a wonderful opportunity for Love INC to serve everyone who attends.

We are looking for volunteers to be stationed at the composting sites all around Central Park during the festival. One to three hour shifts are available each day for folks willing to help people dispose of their trash in a way that helps keep the event green and sustainable.

Would your church, small group, youth group or family like to be a part of the Fall Festival serve team? You can sign up online by clicking here. All volunteers will receive a free Love INC t-shirt in appreciation for their service.

For more information, feel free to call Volunteer Services Manager Kathleen Braithwait at 541-286-4731 or email her at volunteers@yourloveinc.org.

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 volunteers@yourloveinc.org. 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

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).