Thank you for taking the time to visit this page. Here you will find our most current, up-to-date information about Love INC operations. We will update this page regularly to ensure it has the most accurate information on needs and how you can serve during the COVID-19 Pandemic. For those of you that may not be familiar with how Love INC operates, please feel free to watch our "Who We Are" video by clicking here. We are an extension of Churches in Benton County, existing to serve them so, together, we can transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ. We are praying for you and are honored to stand alongside you now, and in the days to come.
Office Line (voicemail only):
Love INC Office has limited operations, per COVID-19 regulations
Love INC Entryway open for specific donations:
*see list of accepted donations below*
CURRENT ACCEPTED DONATIONS
Donations can be dropped off in the front entryway of the Love INC Office Mon-Thurs 9:30-3:30. All donations have a several day "resting period" before being handled and sanitized by Love INC Staff. They are then distributed to Gap Ministries and delivered to individuals in need.
ACTIVE GAP MINISTRIES
All Love INC Gap Ministries are currently operating under COVID-19 guidelines.
Two Kitchen Closets, a ministry of Life Community Church and Philomath Church of the Nazarene, offer kitchen items to people who can't afford to buy everything they need for their kitchen when they move into their own home for the first time. Some of the things people frequently request include pots and pans, coffee pots, dishes, cutlery, microwaves and toasters.
Donated items – everything from bed linens to cookware to personal hygiene items and so much more – come into the Love INC office every day. Volunteers are always needed to help transport donations to where they can be stored and accessed more easily. Sometimes larger items such as furniture, appliances or medical equipment need to be picked up from a donor’s house and delivered directly to a Love INC client. Volunteers should have their own vehicle, a valid driver’s license and insurance.
Love INC can fill out a referral for individuals to seek treatment at the Benton County Health Department. Because of a generous local grantor, Love INC covers the cost of the patient's copay.
Durable Medical Equipment
The Love INC Medical Shed is a joint ministry of several Benton County churches. This ministry offers free durable medical equipment such as walkers, commodes, crutches, wheelchairs, etc. There is no limit on how long equipment is used for. Love INC greatly appreciates when equipment is returned after use so that it can continue to bless others in need.
Our Feeding Area Residents Meat (F.A.R.M.) program uses livestock donations to provide quality meats to individuals, food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in our community. Meat comes from livestock put up for bid at the 4-H auction at the Benton County Fair each summer, as well as other donors throughout the year. We manage a fund of private donations and grants that pays for the processing of livestock donations.
The Firewood Ministry helps keep families warm during the winter. Several volunteer teams spend time in the spring and summer cutting, splitting and gathering wood which is then stored at Calvary Corvallis.
Housed at Northwest Hills Community Church, this ministry has been created to equip new foster families with essential items for welcoming a child into their home. It will help ease the transition for foster children and will assist foster families by offering them support during the hurried period when a child is placed in their care. Items available include, but are not limited to: clothing and shoes sizes newborn to 18 years old, baby gear, children’s toiletries, toys and books.
Our Layette Ministry, housed at Westminster Presbyterian Church, offers expectant and new mothers the basic newborn items they need when they bring their baby home from the hospital. Client referrals also may come from a variety of places, including Options Pregnancy Resource Center. Among the supplies they can find are blankets, clothes, diapers, wipes, and toiletries.
The Linen Closet, a ministry of Northwest Hills Community Church, offers a variety of bed and bath supplies to people in need. Some of the items offered through the Linen Closet include sheets, pillows, blankets, bedspreads, comforters, towels and sleeping bags.
Maternity Clothes Closet
The Maternity Clothes Closet, a ministry of Harvest Christian Center, provides maternity clothes for expectant mothers in need. New or gently used maternity clothes, especially in larger sizes, are always needed.
Ministry of Encouragement
The Love INC Call Center often receives calls from people who are simply lonely and need someone to talk to -- someone who will listen to them and offer a word of encouragement. Two to three volunteers participate each week in this ministry by calling people from the Love INC office to pray with and encourage them. Others do this from home.
Personal Hygiene Item Closet
The Personal Hygiene Closet, a ministry of First Baptist Church of Corvallis, collects and gives out a number of items that cannot be purchased with food stamps. These are particularly helpful to our clients experiencing homelessness and to low-income families. Among the items available are dish soap, laundry soap, toilet paper, shampoo, razors, hairbrushes, combs, toothpaste, toothbrushes, women's hygiene products, laundry vouchers and diapers.
Preschool Clothing Closet
The Preschool Clothing Closet, a joint ministry of several churches, was started to help parents who could not find affordable clothing for their young children. Families with children in need of clothing from size 1-6 can arrange a visit to the Clothing Closet.
Donating items to Love INC has never been easier! Click the button below to access the "Most Needed" list. Once you purchase the items, Amazon will ship your order directly to us and you don't have the hassle of dropping off your donations!
To donate financially, click the button below. Your investment in the ministry of Love INC will not only ensure church volunteers can continue to meet the needs that come through the Love INC Call Center, but will also be instrumental in keeping the lights on and staff paid during these uncertain times. We are so grateful for your prayerful consideration of a financial donation!
We are still accepting volunteer applications during the COVID-19 shutdown. Though opportunities are more limited during this time, we are doing our best to mobilize individuals. Volunteer applicants must attend one of our partner churches. See a list of these churches here.
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