Dear Love INC Community,
This morning I met with the pastoral staff of one of our local churches to thank them for their generous support of the ministry of Love INC in 2015. Yes, I know, it is lame that it took me until the beginning of May to arrange this meeting to share stories and show our gratitude for their partnership. I must confess that far too often, I let the day to day “emergencies” of leading in this organization get in the way of nurturing the relationships that are so important to our ability to seek God’s kingdom in our community.
As I returned to office to write this update, I realized that it might be good to share a report about 2015 with all of you who read these regular emails, donate, volunteer and pray for the work we do to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ.
It was an incredible year filled with God’s provision, God’s redemption and God’s transformative power. Lives have been changed forever and if you follow our Facebook page, you have heard some of those stories. But, I thought today, maybe there are some who read these updates who might want to see some of the numbers that describe our work. The combination of stories and statistics can be so powerful in communicating our impact. So today, I give you the numbers. Enjoy!
Love INC in a Blink
In 2015 we served 184 NEW families as well as serving the over 3,500 families in our system. We made 5,601 referrals to other government and non-government organizations to help our families in need. We met 7,765 needs through our Love INC programs and services with the help of 1,214 volunteer engagements totaling 31,992 volunteer hours donated. Wow!
Let’s Break that Down:
All in all, Love INC Newberg made over a million-dollar impact on our communities and did it with just two full-time and two part-time staff. This is an amazing testimony to the power of working together for the shalom of our place. Thank you for all you do to help us to seek God’s Kingdom in 2015 and beyond!
“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller