A note to all Love INC volunteers

Dear Love INC volunteers,Vol Appreciation Week

Thank you for all that you do! We literally couldn’t do it without you. This last week was Volunteer Appreciation Week, and though I'm a week late, you deserve to know that you are appreciated even when it’s isn’t National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

I have been thinking about how much you encourage me on a daily basis. Each one of you are great examples of servant leaders; willing to love the people of Benton County with what Christ has given you. Thank you for being disciples of Jesus and truly living out the example he gave us by washing the feet of his disciples.

I pray that you would be encouraged to continue loving others selflessly. Thank you for being people who listen, obey and let the Holy Spirit guide you. You inspire me daily to do more, give more, and pray more. Thank you for all that you do!

Kathleen Braithwait, Volunteer Services Manager

New coordinator named for client deliveries

Glenn Hunter, a member of Calvary Chapel Corvallis, Glenn - Delivery Min Coordinatorhas been named the new Client Deliveries Team coordinator.

Hunter started volunteering with Love INC about a year ago, after first being a client himself.

“We needed a hospital bed for our son, who is disabled. I called Love INC and they brought one out the same day, set it up and said keep it as long as you want,” he said. “I really didn’t know much about Love INC at the time.

“That was all I really needed to know – what they did for us and our son. Shortly after, I knew I had to join the team,” he added.

As the coordinator, Hunter will be responsible for recruiting existing and new volunteers to help pick up and deliver donated items to Love INC clients.

”The Lord wants us to continually grow in Him and if He’s excited about this, so am I. I just want to please Him,” Hunter said.

Love INC is still looking for a GAP Ministries coordinator to ensure that donated goods are getting to the GAP Ministry storage sites in a timely manner. If you're interested, please contact Volunteer Services Manager Kathleen Braithwait at 541-286-4731 or volunteers@yourloveinc.org

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!

LaCheri Prayer Pockets 1Throughout 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 loveinc@yourloveinc.org.

National consultants 'blessed' during visit to Corvallis

“Impressed” was just one of the many words a pair of national consultants used to describe their experience this past week at Love INC of Benton County. “This is an amazing ministry doing amazing good works,” said Gail Kraft of Muskegon, MI. “We have been blessed by being here.”

Kraft, who served nine years as executive director of Love INC of Muskegon County before retiring last spring, arrived in Corvallis Monday, Jan. 13. She was accompanied by Sara Money, executive director of Love INC of Albuquerque, NM. The two consultants were sent here by the national Love INC organization at the invitation of the local affiliate.

National Team Visit
National Team Visit, Jan 2013
Love INC of Benton County is experiencing an important time of transition, executive director Corrie Latimer explained. Latimer became the new executive director in May of 2013 and a new volunteer services manager, Kathleen Braithwaite, was just hired last month. The staff and board of directors also will start a strategic planning process in February.

During the consultants’ three-day visit, they interviewed each of the staff, met with board members and talked to volunteers. They also reviewed the organization’s policies, intake process and finances.

“Our job is to visit affiliates and help them assess their strengths and help them identify any areas in need of improvement ,” Money said. “It’s hard when you’re in the local office to be objective.”

The team also looks to see if the affiliate’s practices fit the mission of Love INC to “mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ.” Every affiliate is in a different geographic location, has different resources available to them and faces different needs within their community but there are some non-negotiables in ministry that should be followed, they explained.

Kraft and Money met with the board on Thursday (Jan. 16) to share their initial findings and will provide an official report in the near future.

One of the unique highlights the team shared was that they had never seen such a “cohesive” board of directors. “They obviously care about each other and are really into this ministry,” Kraft said.

“We all truly appreciated the time, talents, and wisdom Sara and Gail graciously gave to encourage and support our local affiliate,” Latimer said. “It was an incredibly valuable experience to glean from their observations areas in which we are doing well, and they also gave us recommendations on how we can improve the ministry to maximize our impact on the community.”