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Office Volunteers

We can always use volunteers around the office to help with greeting clients, doing clerical work, preparing mailings, sorting donated items, and being open to doing whatever is most needed in the moment. Please contact us to learn more.

Ministry Volunteers

Ministry volunteers who accept assignments from Love INC not only meet immediate needs but try to develop relationships with the people they are helping. They may ask about other needs, pray together, share scripture, offer invitations to church, or even teach life skills and mentor their new friends.

A core philosophy of the Love INC movement is that people don’t need a handout need so much as they need a hand up. We promote a style of ministry in which Christians help empower people living in need by investing in them. Not investing money and material goods so much as building caring, sustained relationships that encourage change and learning. Our goal is to provide people in need with training, mentoring, goal-setting, spiritual and emotional support to achieve a desired result.

Components of the relational-style ministry might include the following:

  • Long-term relationships.
  • Accountability.
  • Incentives.
  • Lesson application (opportunities to practice the skills they are learning).
  • Measurable goals.

At Love INC, we call this philosophy the “defining difference,” because it sets us apart from the typical charity organization. We want to help churches and individual Christians focus on people in need, not just the stuff they think they need.

At Love INC we advocate not only charity but developmental compassion. This kind of hand up, however, requires a sacrificial investment on the part of the giver—our volunteers—as well as participation and sacrifice on the part of the recipient.

A hand up focuses less on how to meet material needs and more on empowering recipients in their need situation. This approach also increases community because it requires networking with others and cannot be done individually. We do not try to alleviate all pain, because difficulties are usually our greatest teachers. Instead, of trying to save people from a difficult situation, we are willing to walk beside them while they go through it.

Ultimately, developmental compassion restores dignity and grows positive behaviors. It is more difficult to administer, but it is necessary for breaking the cycle of poverty.

If you would like to volunteer for this kind of ministry, please contact us to learn more.

Time and Talent Survey for Volunteers

To register your capacity for volunteering with Love INC, please download and complete the time and talent survey. Return it to us via email or by postal mail.

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Love INC: Bridging the gap between willing hands and people in need

Love INC of Charlottesville / Albemarle
198 Spotnap Road, Suite C-1
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Phone: 434-977-7777
Fax: 434-293-4499