Christmas Blessings – 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 local families in need. For just $40, we can provide a family with enough food to prepare a nice Christmas dinner for 8 people – meat, fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, and more!
Volunteers are needed to help pack at each church on Saturday, December 16th during the morning. For more information or to register, please click on the church where you’d like to volunteer.

 

Donate food for the baskets
We will be collecting food for the baskets through Wednesday, December 14th at the following locations:
  • Love INC office – 1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska (M – F, 9 am – 2:30 pm)
  • FurniShare – 7890 Market Square Blvd, Chanhassen (W & F, 10 am – 4 pm / Th 10 am – 7 pm / Saturday, 9 am – noon)
  • Lake Life Chiropractic – 2940 N. Chesnut Blvd, Chaska (Please call (612) 562-8384 to confirm hours.)

These non-perishable items may be donated anytime between now and December 14th:

  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Boxed pudding or Jello
  • Canned beans (for our Latino and Hispanic families)
  • Bags of rice (for our Latino and Hispanic families)

The following perishable items may be donated the week of December 11th:

  • 3# – 5# bags of potatoes
  • Loaves of bread (any variety)
  • Bags of apples or nectarines/Halos/Cuties
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 150 Christmas baskets at a cost of more than $6000. Donate online by clicking HERE  or text “Table” to 41444 on your cell phone to make a $40 donation to help us offset the expense of this valuable ministry that brings hope to our neighbors this Christmas season.

Holiday Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In observance of holidays, the Love INC Office and Help Line will be closed on the following dates:

  • Thursday, November 23rd
  • Friday, November 24th
  • Monday, December 25th
  • Tuesday, December 26th
  • Monday, January 1st

FurniShare will have the following holiday hours:

  • Wednesday, November 22nd – 10 am – 4 pm
  • Thursday, November 23rd – CLOSED
  • Friday, November 24th – 10 am – 4 pm
  • Monday, December 25th – CLOSED
  • Monday, January 1st – CLOSED

Give to the Max Day 2017

With your support this Give to the Max Day, we can make the Christmas season a little brighter for Carver county families in need!
You can help us fill a table with holiday food! This Christmas season, Love INC will provide 150 families in need with a holiday basket filled with nutritious, healthy fresh and frozen foods. By making a donation on Give to the Max Day, your gift will help us ensure one less family spends this Christmas with empty plates and empty stomachs.
Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making your online donation on GiveMN.org. Your generosity on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event!
Please join us on November 16, 2017, for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to transform lives and our community in the name of Christ. Our goal is to raise $6,000 to help fund our Christmas food baskets this year, and you can help us reach it! Be sure to mark your calendar and make your gift on November 16 by visiting GiveMN.org and scheduling your donation.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the holidays rapidly approaching, we are gearing up for our Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Basket deliveries! We have two upcoming volunteer opportunities for you.

THANKSGIVING

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, November 18th to help Love INC and West Union Lutheran Church deliver Thanksgiving Baskets to local clients in the Eastern Carver County area.
Volunteers may be couples, families, youth groups…anybody who wants to spend a few hours on a Saturday to help spread God’s message of love.
Volunteers should report to the Chaska Community Center Community Room at 10 a.m. to help assemble food baskets using food donations received from the community. Each volunteer group / family will be assigned 2-3 families to whom they will deliver food baskets, spend a little time with each family, and share a prayer with them.
Food donations are also being accepted at the Love INC office, FurniShare, and Snap Fitness in Chanhassen. Please see the flyer below for which food items are being collected each week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS

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 local families in need. For just $40, we can provide a family with enough food to prepare a nice Christmas dinner for 8 people – meat, fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, and more!
Volunteers are needed to help pack at each church on Saturday, December 16th in the morning. For more information or to register, please click on the church where you’d like to volunteer.
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 150 Christmas baskets at a cost of more than $6000.   Text “Table” to 41444 on your cell phone to make a $40 donation to help us offset the expense of this valuable ministry that brings hope to our neighbors this Christmas season or donate online by clicking HERE .

 

Love INC Coat Giveaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter coats will be distributed to individuals and families in need on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Chaska.

Individuals and families living in eastern Carver County (Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska and Victoria) should register online below or by calling (952) 448-3261.

Families and individuals who have registered will be able to pick up their coats from 9 am until 11 am on November 4th. From 11 am – 12 pm, coats will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Please click here to register for the Love INC Coat Giveaway.

Details:

  • Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church (300 4th St. E., Chaska)
  • 9-11 am – open to Eastern Carver County residents who have registered ahead of time
  • 11 am – 12 pm – open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are needed to help with the set-up of the coat drive on Friday, November 3rd. Volunteers are also needed to help man the coat drive on Saturday.  Click HERE to learn more and to sign up to volunteer!

Help Us “Coat” the Community with Love!

Love INC is working with local churches, organizations, and families to collect clean, new or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves, snow pants and boots, and dollars to support the coat drive program from now until October 22nd at various locations around Eastern Carver County. Infant, toddler, youth, men’s and women’s coats are accepted. The process is simple: drop off your extra coat(s) and winter wear and Love INC takes care of the rest! All donated coats will be given to local children and adults in need. If you do not have a coat to donate, you can help provide a warmer winter by texting “WARMCOAT” to 41444 to donate $10 or more to Love INC, or by clicking here. Our goal is to collect 1000 coats and $500 during our coat drive.

Please donate NEW or GENTLY USED CLEAN coats, hats, snow pants, scarves, gloves / mittens, and boots. Men’s, women’s, children’s and infant sizes are needed. 

Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Love INC office (1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska) – Monday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
  • FurniShare (7890 Market Boulevard, Chanhassen) – Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Saturday 9 am – noon
  • Blessed Bee Thrift Store (2450 Chaska Blvd, Chaska) – Tuesday – Wednesday, 10 am – 5 pm; Thursday – Friday, 12 pm – 5 pm;                     Saturday 9 am – 12 pm
  • Chaska Community Center (1661 Park Ridge Dr., Chaska) – Monday – Saturday, 5 am – 10 pm; Sunday 8 am – 9 pm
  • Chaska Moravian Church (115 4th St. E, Chaska) – Monday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
  • Discovery United Methodist Church (275 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen) –  MondayWednesday & Thursday 9 am – 3 pm
  • Family of Christ Lutheran Church (2020 Coulter Blvd, Chanhassen) – please call (952) 934-5659 for office hours
  • Guardian Angels Catholic Church (215 W. 2nd St., Chaska) – please call (952) 227-4000 to ensure office is open
  • Living Christ Lutheran Church (820 Lake Dr., Chanhassen) – please call (952) 934-5110 for office hours
  • Saint John’s Lutheran Church (300 4th St. E., Chaska) – please call (952) 448-2433 for office hours
  • Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church (145 Engler Boulevard, Chaska) – please call (952) 448-3822 to ensure office is open
  • Valley Evangelical Free Church (150 Engler Boulevard, Chaska) – Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 8:30 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Westwood Community Church (3121 Westwood Drive, Excelsior) – please call (952) 224-7300 to ensure office is open

Additional drop-off locations are being added, so check back frequently if you don’t see a location near you!

NEED A COAT?

Winter coats will be distributed to individuals and families in need on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Chaska. Individuals and families living in eastern Carver County (Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska and Victoria) should register for coats by clicking HERE or by calling (952) 448-3261. Families and individuals who have registered will be able to pick up their coats from 9 am until 11 am on November 4th. From 11 am – 12 pm, coats will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are needed to help with the set-up of the coat drive on Friday, November 3rd. Volunteers are also needed to help man the coat drive on Saturday.  Click HERE to learn more and to sign up to help! 

Get Crafty! Help Us Make Christmas Cards!

We are looking for volunteers who can help us make 200 handmade, Christ-centered Christmas cards to be given out with our Christmas food baskets in mid-December.

We have two dates available – one for seasoned, veteran card makers, and one for volunteers at all levels of experience. Both dates will be held at Grace Church (9301 Eden Prairie Rd, Eden Prairie) in Room 210.

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 – 9:00 PM – CALLING ALL VETERAN CARD MAKERS!

This date is set aside for veteran card makers. Please bring your religious picture and verse rubber stamps, as well as any other supplies you may want to use. We will be making embellishments in bulk and using diecuts to cut. Any tools and techniques are welcome!

Saturday, November 4, 12 – 3 PM – ALL VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!

On this day, we will have a smorgasbord of religious embellishments to be adhered to card fronts. Please bring along any adhesives you would like to use (glue, glue dots, etc.)

Click HERE to sign-up to volunteer! 

Don’t Miss Night on the Town in Chanhassen – September 21st

You won’t want to miss Night on the Town in Chanhassen on September 21st! Stop by the Love INC FurniShare table on Main Street to say hello! Stay for the live music, games, family-friendly activities, and food.  Prize drawings will be held at 9:59 pm at Brindisi’s Pub. You could win a gift certificate to our FurniShare store!

When: September 21, 2017

Time: 6 pm – 10 pm

Where: Downtown Chanhassen (West 78th Street, in front of Chuckwagon Charlie’s)

Join us at Shepherd of the Hill’s Fall Festival and Red Rocker Music Fest

Stop by the Love INC booth at Shepherd of the Hill’s Fall Festival. There will be live music, arts and crafts, a flea market, bake sale, book sale, and much more!

When: Saturday, September 23, 9 am – 3 pm

Where: Shepherd of the Hill, 145 Engler Boulevard, Chaska, MN

Cost: FREE!

 

Let Your Voice Be Heard! Take the Love INC Strategic Planning Survey.

…What would you have us do?

After celebrating 10 years of serving our community, Love in the Name of Christ of Eastern Carver County is now looking to the future, in partnership with you, as to how we can continue to show unconditional love and support to those in need around us.

The mission of Love INC of Eastern Carver County is to mobilize the church to transform lives and our community in the name of Christ. We partner with more than 25 local churches to support and empower their volunteers to meet the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of our neighbors in need.

Love INC is actively engaged in developing our strategy for the future. We know that the best things are accomplished when a committee community comes together, putting those who are hurting and in need, at the forefront. We recognize that to build a robust and meaningful strategy, we need our community to weigh-in, and give us your guidance.

So, we humbly ask for your valuable input into what we focus on, how we serve, and who we become, in order to be that beacon in the community where our brothers and sisters always know they can come for help.

On behalf of our gracious Board of Directors, we thank you in advance, and I leave you with the following comment from a person served by Love INC and its partner churches:

“Although you may not hear it as often as you should, you’re appreciated so much. I wish I had a new way to say thank you, a way that would really express how much your kindness has meant to me. You have a way of touching lives, of making days a little brighter, hearts a little happier, and problems seem a whole lot smaller.”

To complete the survey, please click HERE.