Volunteer at Love INC of Newaygo County
Our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love that shows itself in action.
I John 3:18
Love INC offers opportunity for individuals to use the gifts and talents God has given them to help people in need see and experience Christ’s love. It is our belief that when we invest in the lives of our neighbors, not only do they gain a renewed hope and stability, but together, we gain new friendships and a stronger community.
Volunteer opportunities are available in our Resale Store, Food Pantry, and Clearinghouse, through Gap Ministries and our Transformational Ministry. In addition, we also have several short-term projects and partner church ministries in need of willing hands and hearts. Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people in the community, and to form long-term relationships.
How to Become a Volunteer in 3 Easy Steps
1st — Complete a Volunteer Application
You can obtain an application in one of two ways:
Online – Simply click on the “Sign Up to Volunteer” button, complete the application and submit it online…easy! Once your application is received, you will be contacted by a Love INC staff member. If you prefer to schedule an orientation prior to receiving our call, please contact us at 231-652-4099 ext. 127 to schedule an orientation class.
In person – Call and make an appointment to stop by our office, pick up an application and complete it at your leisure. Then contact our office at 231-652-4099 ext. 127 to schedule an orientation class.
2nd — Attend a Volunteer Orientation Class
Volunteer orientation is where potential volunteers learn more about Who Love INC is, Why we do what we do, and How we minister in our community. It is also a great time to ask questions about the various ways volunteers serve throughout the ministry.
Orientation classes are held at Love INC of Newaygo County, 11 W. 96th St., Grant, MI 49327. Classes typically last 45-60 minutes. Please contact us to schedule your orientation.
3rd — Schedule your first Volunteer Venture
Now that you’ve completed orientation, it’s time to find out where God will use your gifts and talents!
We encourage you to try a variety of volunteer opportunities…you never know where God might lead!
Community Service Volunteers
Love INC of Newaygo County does offer community service opportunities to high school students needing community services credit hours, and also to community members who have court ordered community service requirements. All community service performed through Love INC must be approved in advance by the Love INC staff. Please contact us to discuss community service requirements and availability.
Love INC Resale Store
The Resale Store is a vibrant part of our ministry and Resale Store volunteers serve in a variety of ways. Volunteer opportunities with the Resale Store include:
If you enjoy talking to people, showing them Christ’s love, and answering some of their questions about Love INC, consider becoming one of our store cashiers. (Yes, men, you too are welcome to cashier).
Clothing, Shoes, and Linens
If you enjoy volunteering more in the background with other volunteers, consider working in our clothing and linens area sorting, pricing, and hanging items to be placed in the store.
If working behind the scenes is more to your liking, then consider sorting, cleaning, pricing and placing household items in the store. You would be amazed at the number of unique items Love INC receives each week!
Are you a book lover? If so, you might consider helping us sort, price and display books in the store.
We are always in need of people willing to help donors unload donation items and perform preliminary sorting in the receiving room before the items are brought into the main sorting room. We also are in need of strong volunteers to help donors unload larger furniture and/or appliance type items.
If you enjoy talking with people, answering their questions, and are willing to learn about pricing used furniture items, you may enjoy working in our furniture department.
We are always in need of strong, able-bodied volunteers to help pick up and deliver furniture items throughout the community. Our truck volunteers typically work in groups of two or three.
NEW! If you enjoy making friends, looking for ways to use your creativity, and reduce waste all at the same time, then consider joining our re-purposing group. It’s surprising what can be created from items that would otherwise be discarded.
We would like to not only re-purpose items for the resale store, but also hold classes for volunteers to teach them how to re-purpose. If you are willing to re-purpose, teach a class in re-purposing, or you’d like to learn how to re-purpose… give us a call!
Love INC Food Pantry
The Love INC Community Food Pantry currently serves over 600 families each month.
Volunteer opportunities in this area include:
If you enjoy talking to people and showing them Christ’s love, consider volunteering by escorting shoppers through the food pantry. It’s a great way to meet community members!
If you prefer to volunteer in the background, we need volunteers willing to repackage bulk items and help restock empty shelves during the day.
Tuesday Evening Window Receptionist
If you enjoy talking with people and feel comfortable with basic computer data entry, consider volunteering as a food pantry window receptionist on Tuesday evening (4:45 pm – 7:00 pm).
‘Grow A Row’ Gardeners
Please consider planting an extra row of vegetables or fruit to share with the food pantry. We were able to offer families wonderful fresh produce during the summer months because growers, farmers, and gardeners are willing to share their crops with us.
Hunters, Farmers, and 4-H Fair Meat for God
If you are a hunter, consider harvesting an extra deer or two for the food pantry. Some local processors are even willing to process venison for our pantry at no change or at a reduced rate.
If you or your company purchases farm animals through the 4-H fair in August each year, please consider donating meat to our pantry. Fair meat helps our pantry greatly during the lean winter months.
Please note that per regulations, all meat donated to our pantry must be processed by a licensed processor. Please check with our office for more specific details regarding meat donations. The number to call for questions is 231.652.4099 Ext 118.
Growing Hope Transformational Ministries
Transformational Ministry addresses the issue of chronic need and the lack of skills and support systems. It takes a team of volunteers, filling many roles, to effectively walk alongside individuals on a long-term basis, as they set goals, overcome roadblocks, and regain hope.
Below are some of the volunteer opportunities through this program:
Teacher and Facilitators
If you enjoy teaching and interacting with others, consider becoming one of our financial management, affirming potential, or job readiness training presenters. Each one-hour lesson is outlined in PowerPoint or video and is very easy to follow. Volunteer training is provided.
We also need volunteers willing to sit in on some of the classes, help field questions from participants, help people set up their budgets, establish relationships, and, if participants desire, work with them after the 14-week course, in a one-on-one mentoring situation. Mentoring holds people accountable as they continue down the pathway to financial and life stability.
Personal Growth/Life Skills Instructors
Do you have a skill or talent you would like to share with others? Consider teaching one of our 7-week or 14-week personal growth classes. Just imagine the possibilities… Bible studies on various topics, cooking classes, minor home repairs, nutrition, baking, auto repair, gardening, women’s studies, parenting, boundaries, knitting, simple gifts… and more!
Free childcare is offered to all families willing to participate in any of the Transformation Ministry classes. If you enjoy working with children and have a heart’s desire to see their parents gain emotional, financial and spiritual health, this may be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. This is also a great opportunity for high school students looking for community service hours!
Weekly Meal Volunteers
Each week a different group of church or community volunteers provides a meal for the Growing Hope TM participants and volunteers. The meal kicks off our evening programs each week and provides a time for families, classmates, and volunteers to relax and build relationship.
Meals are served at 5:15 pm, and serve approximately 50-60 people. For more information, please contact us at 231.652.4099 Ext 127.
Do you love to pray for people? Consider becoming one of our Growing Hope prayer partners. Receive prayer requests each week from Growing Hope participants and lift them to the Lord.
Other Ways To Volunteer:
- Gap Ministry Volunteers
- Build Wheelchair Ramps
- Quilting and Sewing Group
Receive weekly prayer requests and commit to praying for those requests.
Special Event Volunteers
Volunteer to help at events such as: Bling for the KINGdom, Golf Outing, Banquets, etc…Call Love INC to learn more about these opportunities.
Serving as a Love INC Board Member
The primary purpose of the board of directors is to discern God’s will for Love INC of Newaygo County. In addition, they:
- Board members cast vision for the ministry
- Pray for the ministry
- Govern and develop policies that give directions to the ministry
- Provide credibility to the ministry
- Display commitment to the mission and vision of Love INC
- Volunteer sufficient time and resources to help Love INC achieve its mission
Minor Home Repairs
Do you enjoy helping others with minor home repairs (plumbing, electrical, patching holes, fixing leaks, installing locks, etc…)? If your answer is ‘yes’, then please give us a call!