A huge THANK you to the Chanhassen Rotary!

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We are so thankful for the continued support of the Rotary Club of Chanhassen! Thanks to a generous donation from them, we will be able to purchase much needed full and queen sized mattresses for our FurniShare ministry. Many families will be able to sleep in comfort and that’s a blessing!

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Holiday Hours

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In order to allow our staff and volunteers time at the holidays with their family, we will be closed on the following dates:

Love INC main office / Helpline:    

  • Friday, December 23rd
  • Monday, December 26th
  • Monday, January 2nd

FurniShare store:    

  • Saturday, December 24th
  • Open on Saturday, December 31st 9 am – 2 pm for customers and donations, but no delivery service

Join us at the “Serving Joy all over the World” concert featuring Jason Gray!

serving-joy-concertWe are excited to announce that Love INC has been blessed with FREE tickets to the “Serving Joy all over the World” concert featuring Jason Gray!

We hope you will join us in celebrating the Christmas season, as well as the joy of having a fully staffed office again. Concert details are below. Tickets will be held at “Will Call.” Please register with your name and the name of your guests so we may provide those to the Will Call ticket office.

When: Friday, December 9th at 7:00 PM

Where: Grace Church (in the auditorium), 9301 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, MN

To reserve your FREE tickets, please click here and complete the online registration. A confirmation email will be sent upon successful completion of registration.

School Locker Ministry – Winter Gear Needed!

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The School Locker Ministry hosted by our partner church, Discovery United Methodist, has an urgent need for winter wear for children and families in Eastern Carver County. Since the snow has started flying, their inventory has also been flying out the door! The following items are needed urgently:

  • Toddler sized snow boots
  • Kid sized snow boots
  • Women’s snow boots
  • Men’s snow boots
  • Women’s coats – size large
  • Men’s coats – size medium
  • Girls’ coats – size XL
  • Boys’ coats – size XL

Items can be dropped off at Discovery United Methodist Church, 275 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen, MN on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Help with our Christmas Basket Assembly and Delivery on December 17th!

christmas-blessingsGifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ~ Peg Bracken

 

Christmas blessings can be yours as you share with others this holiday season!

Volunteer Sign-Up is now open!!

 

Love INC is partnering with three local churches 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, pie, and more!

There are two ways you can help:

  • Sponsor one or more Christmas dinners at $40 each.
    • Text the word “table” to 41444 to donate using your mobile phone.
    • Mail a check with the word “table” on the memo line to Love INC, 1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska, MN 55318.
  • Help pack and deliver Christmas food baskets on Saturday, December 17th.
  • Donate food to the baskets by dropping it off at the Love INC office.
    • The Love INC office (1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska) will be accepting food donations Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Wednesday, December 14.
    • The following food items are suggested for donation:
      • Bag of clementines
      • Bag of apples, any variety
      • 5 pound bag of potatoes
      • Loaf of bread, any variety
      • Canned fruit, any variety
      • Canned beans, any variety
      • Boxed rice
      • Boxed pudding and/or jello mix, any flavor

 

Save the Date for Love INC’s Annual Gala!

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Mark your calendars and save the date!

Love INC’s annual gala is on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska. Formal invitations and additional information will be coming soon!

Announcement of New Executive Director – Please Welcome Ken Norman

 

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It gives the Board of love INC ECC great pleasure to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director to lead into the next 10-year period of service for Love INC ECC. Please welcome Ken Norman, who begins his new role effective Monday, November 28, 2016.

Ken joins the team as a person of great faith in Jesus Christ. His last role was as Principal of Chapel Hill Academy in Chanhassen, where he provided leadership in the daily operations of the school. Prior to this role, Ken served as Executive Director of Love INC Big Woods in Minnesota, and Director of the Vienna Christian School in Vienna, Austria. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Dubuque and Master’s Degree from Texas Tech University. He brings a special blend of skills nurtured from these excellent preparatory roles. He has fund-raising experience, as well as experience working with the faith community and running operations. Please extend your welcome to Ken in this important role.

The near-term areas of focus of the Board and Executive Director include defining the role and expectations of the Board and staff, and refining a clear and shared plan for the next 3-5 years. This will require significant relationship building and sharing of the plan across all stakeholders. We look forward to your support and engagement as we move forward the work of our faith community to more effectively carry out our mission to transform lives in meeting the needs of the neediest in our communities.

Best regards,

Russell St. John

Board Chair – Love INC ECC

 

Clearinghouse Volunteers Needed – English and Spanish speaking

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Volunteers are needed to help staff our Clearinghouse Help Line! Ability to speak Spanish is a plus!

 

Volunteers answer telephone requests for help, listen, assess and analyze the caller’s needs, and then make appropriate referrals to our various ministries that meet those needs.  Volunteers serve as a source of encouragement to our clients when they call, instilling value and purpose and listening without judgment.

Responsibilities include:
– Complete training
– Maintain client confidentiality
– Complete intakes with new clients
– Identify needs and possible sources of help
– Maintain accurate client records
Qualifications:
– Personal relationship with Jesus Christ and agreement with the Apostles’ Creed
– Ability to commit to one 2.5 hour shift each week (flexible)
– Discernment, non-judgmental attitude and the ability to listen, empathize, and accept others
– Ability to learn new skills as needed
– Ability to speak Spanish is a bonus
If you are interested in serving as a Clearinghouse Volunteer, please complete our online application and someone will be in touch with you shortly.

Come Join Us for FurniShare’s Grand Opening!

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Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of FurniShare in our new location in Market Square in Chanhassen!  Our new facility allows us to maintain a larger inventory for both our neighbors in need and our neighbors looking to purchase furniture for their home.
Stop by, say hi, enjoy light refreshments, and take a peek at our new home!
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Thank You Ryder Cup Volunteers!

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Congratulations and a heartfelt THANK YOU to our courageous volunteers who served for Love INC at the Ryder Cup.

You helped bring home a victory for the USA and for Love INC with warm smiles on cold mornings and incredibly efficient service, serving more than 5,000 burgers, chicken sandwiches, and hot dogs on a daily basis!

We hope the experience brought you together with new friends and neighbors and provided a fun time with family.

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Let’s keep this new relationship alive and thriving by getting together more often! Volunteers are always needed:

Volunteer at the FurniShare Store

7890 Market Blvd, Chanhassen
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10am – 4pm, Saturdays from 9am – Noon
Assist customers and donors, or perform minor repairs.
Stop in for a cup of coffee and hang around as long as you’d like! We’d love your company any time.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP or email furnishare@loveincecc.org

Volunteer at the Clearinghouse

1600 Bavaria Rd, Chaska
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am – 2pm
Answer phones and assist neighbors in need through the call center.
To apply, CLICK HERE and fill out the Volunteer Interest Form at the bottom of the page.