Christmas Season Volunteer Opportunities

Love INC is partnering with St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Mt. Olivet Lutheran West Church, and Westwood Community Church to pack and bring complete Christmas dinner baskets to 100+ local families in need on Saturday, December 15th.This is a family-friendly event and is a great opportunity to share the joy of Christmas with families who may not otherwise enjoy the holiday season.

In addition to volunteering, please consider making a financial gift to Love INC in support of the Christmas Food Packs. This year, Love INC will distribute 100 Christmas food baskets at a cost of more than $5000 total. Each basket costs roughly $50 but provides relief and hope that goes far beyond its monetary value. To make a donation, click here.

For more information or to register, please click on the church where you’d like to volunteer.
Mt. Olivet Lutheran West Church – information will be posted on the Mt. Olivet Lutheran website soon!
Unable to volunteer but still want to help?
Please consider making a financial gift to Love INC in support of the Christmas Food Packs. This year, Love INC will distribute 100+ Christmas baskets at a cost of more than $5000. Donate online by clicking HERE to help us offset the expense of this valuable ministry that brings hope to our neighbors this Christmas season.

Help Us Share the Warmth!


Love INC is working with local churches, organizations, and families to collect new or gently used winter wear items, all sizes and ages (infant to adult), to support the Winter Wear Ministry from now until November 10th.

The following items are being requested:

  • Winter coats (please no spring jackets or hooded sweatshirts)
  • Heavy winter gloves and mittens (please no stretchy non-waterproof gloves as these do not keep hands warm or dry)
  • Snow pants
  • Snow boots/winter boots
  • Toboggan hats
  • Scarves

We would ask that you attach hoods to coats, zip liners in them, and make sure to empty pockets before donating items. We would also ask that you ensure that zippers and buttons function and the items are clean.

Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Love INC office (1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska) – Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
  • FurniShare (7890 Market Boulevard, Chanhassen) – Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Saturday 9 am-noon
  • Discovery United Methodist Church (275 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen) –  Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm

Winter wear will be made available to Love INC clients throughout the winter season.

 

Be Kind

Love INC ECC chosen to receive funds from Chaska Rotary Gala

Love in the Name of Christ of Eastern Carver County is honored to have been chosen to share in the fundraising proceeds from the Chaska Rotary’s 2018 Spring Gala. Love INC will receive $5,000 to be utilized to revive the Car Repair Ministry, a ministry partnership with Westwood Community Church to provide car repairs to neighbors in need.

The 2018 gala, which is open to the public (we’d love to have you join the celebration!), is scheduled for 6 pm on Saturday, April 21, at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Tickets for the circus-themed dinner event, which will include an auction and dancing, are $100 per person and may be purchased at www.rotaryclubofchaska.org or by calling Rick Ness at 612-730-9999.

Give Your Furniture New Life!

Every day, Carver County residents throw away gently used home furnishings that have the potential to change a family’s life! Please consider donating your gently used home furnishings to our FurniShare ministry. The following items are currently on our “most needed” list:

  • Twin mattresses and box springs
  • Twin metal bed frames
  • Nightstands
  • Coffee tables and end tables
  • Countertop microwaves

Donations must be clean and in good condition. Please call FurniShare at (952) 974-7829 to make arrangements to have your items picked up (a $25 fee does apply to cover fuel costs) or drop them off during normal business hours. (FurniShare, 7890 Market Boulevard, Chanhassen).

 

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Love Is Building Caring Relationships: Dawaun’s Story

Dawaun JohnsonDawaun Johnson is a man who has faced many challenges in his life. “I’m originally from Chicago. I grew up with a big family, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. We went through a lot growing up, there wasn’t enough for everyone. In January 2011 I moved to Minnesota with $800 in my pocket and no job or car. I was able to find a job in Chaska but had no place to live, so I went to a motel in Chaska. I didn’t have a car, so I biked 5 miles to and from work each day, praying to God to watch over me and protect me. It wasn’t easy to ask for help. Where I come from you don’t ask for help, but knew I needed someone or some organization to help me.”

Dawaun’s life began taking a turn for the better when he reached out to local agencies including Love INC. “PROP and the housing authority helped me out with part of my deposit. The day the Love INC truck pulled up, I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve, I couldn’t wait for the presents to arrive.”

Ginger Mulcrone, a volunteer with our FurniShare ministry said, “When we delivered the bunk bed to Dawaun’s house and assembled it in the bedroom, we saw the excitement on Dawaun’s face, just watching him think about how excited his boys would be to have a bunk bed.” Connie Schibilla, another Love INC volunteer said,Furnishare van “We put the couch against the wall, hooked up the TV and put some lamps on tables. We even added a plant next to the window. When we were finished, Dawaun sat down and said, ‘This is great, this is home.’”

Besides FurniShare providing the furniture, The Linen Closet ministry of Love INC gave Dawaun sheets, blankets, pillows and towels. Love INC’s Bike Shop gave a bike to his son and the Personal Care and Kitchen Essentials also pitched in.

John Thomas recalls, “I had a great time with Dawaun that day. We laughed together, moved furniture together. I was able to kid around with him quite a bit – he has a great sense of humor. Dawaun said, “Once everything was said and done, John asked to say a prayer for me.”

“Kneeling in prayer with Dawaun, praying for his children, his health and work, and for his life to start to stabilize a bit. Just to be at one with him in prayer, lifting up his name to Jesus, asking him to provide all these things that he so desperately needs, not just furniture—was a tremendous moment that I will never forget.”

Dawaun continues, “Love INC really helped me along my path of becoming who I am today. Being able to accomplish what I have today, I would have not been able to without Love INC. I’ve seen God’s presence through these people. They didn’t have to help me, they didn’t know me, they didn’t owe me anything. They did it through their faith. I wish there were more people around like that. All I can say is Glory to God—to feel the love that comes from them and the helping hand from people I didn’t even know!”

Volunteering from the Heart

Enjoy this interview with Julie Timm, Loads of Love Coordinator at Westbrook Community Church.

What exactly do you do as a volunteer with Love INC?Julie Timm, Loads of Love Coordinator

Julie: At Westbrook Church, we have taken on the laundry and dish soap GAP ministry “Loads of Love”. We provide laundry detergent, dryer sheets, dish detergent and dish soap to families in need from our community. We get to help an average of 8-10 families each week, so it takes a LOT of donations to sustain this ministry. I also coordinate the volunteer drivers that are willing to deliver to families during the week. That’s an easy way for people to jump in and be the hands and feet of Christ, without requiring a huge commitment.

Why did you decide to get involved with this ministry?

Julie: Well, there was a time in my life when I was on the receiving end. In my early 20’s, I hadn’t been to church in about 6 years and didn’t really have any intentions of returning. Then my husband suddenly passed away and I found myself a single mother of a two year old, with no money and not a lot of resources. I was feeling really desperate and lost. The church I had grown up in heard about
my situation and jumped in to help. They provided some basic needs for me and my son that would not have been met otherwise. They also took time to pray with me and for me, and told me that they would continue to do so. It took me several years to return to church after that, but the seed was planted. I could never let go of the fact that they just stepped in and helped me with NO expectations. I knew it was more than charity – I knew there was a bigger purpose. It gave me hope and deepened my faith in God. And even now, 20 years later, I see it as a defining factor of why my faith is so strong. That’s really the reason I chose to volunteer for Love INC. I think if we, as a church family, can be a part of that to somebody – it can make a big impact.

What kind of a difference do you think you are making?

Julie: When volunteers deliver the items, there is an opportunity to talk and pray with the recipients. Because there are several churches dropping off at the same house and praying with them, it shows that their community cares about them and their circumstances. And because we are doing it In the Name of Christ, it shows them that God really does love them and will provide for them in their time of need. I think we have a really unique opportunity with this ministry to meet people where they are and we just never know how God will use it in their lives. In fact, the mission of Love INC is to mobilize the church to transform lives and our community in the name of Christ. What can be better than that?