From the Volunteer Coordinator:
Forgiveness, Neither Earned or Deserved
I recently received a community service application from someone who needed to complete Court-Ordered Community Service. We offer this program following a court order to provide people an opportunity for restoration, to make a positive difference through volunteering. It is about extending grace and love to people in our community.
But what struck me about this applicant was his email to me during the application process. He said, “I am very embarrassed and ashamed of myself for what I have done and will never again behave like this.”
I thought to myself, where have we gone wrong as the Body of Christ to make people feel such shame and embarrassment, especially since God’s forgiveness is a gift, it is nothing earned or deserved. It reminded me of the gospel account when the Pharisees bring a woman caught in adultery to the Temple of the Courts to challenge Jesus. They said, “In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say? (John 8:5). (By the way I guess they forgot to bring the man caught in adultery with her).
Jesus’ response is one of His great teaching moments. Jesus says, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” The result…Everyone left until it was Jesus standing alone with the woman. He asks her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said.
And here, the beauty of the gospel is released to the woman by Our Lord and Savior, “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8: 10-11).
May we never forget the price Jesus paid for you and I. May His love for our neighbors be what resonates most as we share the good news about the true light who came into the world full of grace and truth.
Village Thrift Launches
Training for New Volunteers
Village Thrift (VT) has just launched a training program specifically geared for new volunteers. Anyone joining the Village Thrift team will start off their volunteer experience learning the “Village Thrift” way of retail service.
VT Manager Kathy Llewellyn first recognized the training need because the average person who volunteers may have a heart to serve, but often comes without prior retail store experience. Her aim is for VT volunteers to use a unified approach to service that supports a positive team ministry environment and meets a minimum standard of performance.
Volunteer Brenda Schulze joined Love INC in 2018, and serves as Village Thrift Trainer for new volunteers.
Volunteer Brenda Schulze stepped up to offer training for new volunteers, and so the program was developed. Brenda began training classes on August 21st with nine volunteers completing the class in her first week.
Now, anyone who volunteers for VT, whether you sign up as a regular, ongoing volunteer, or sign up for short term Community Service volunteering, you are required to complete the training class on your first volunteer day.
“As we take a walking tour of the store, I explain how we tag items, the color system and where things belong. Then we tour the back room and I show volunteers where the new donations go. I get to know the volunteer, and I can get a feel for what they may be interested in doing.” says Brenda.
Promoting a New Focus
Village Thrift is raising the bar in this high-end thrift store by providing training to their new volunteers. In the future, VT manager Kathy Llewellyn looks forward to promoting a new focus in bringing volunteers on board who are interested in serving in a specific department. “We want to train you along with the things you love so we can continue to strive for excellence in supporting the ministry of Love INC.” says Kathy.
Some Village Thrift Departments include: Books, Linens, Jewelry and Accessories, Sporting Goods, Tools, Housewares, The Woman’s Boutique, Men’s, Women’s, Youth, Children, and Infant clothing, Furniture, etc.
Are You a Closet Bookworm?
Village Thrift Has a Volunteer Role for You!
Village Thrift offers quality reading material to the community, and Book Department volunteers help to make this happen!
Book Volunteers are Trained to:
· Sort new donations
· Set apart premium and vintage books for our Boutique section
· Keep bookshelves filled
· Keep books organized in the Donation Center and on the Sales Floor
· Rotate books to keep the Book Department fresh and exciting!
Interested in being a Book Department Volunteer or know someone who would be a good fit?
Apply here: Volunteer Application
Test Your Knowledge on the
Proper Use of Face Masks
So, you think you know how to wear a face mask properly to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus during this pandemic? Let’s test your knowledge with this True-False quiz on how, when and where you should wear a face mask. You may be surprised at how much you know (or don’t know).
Wearing a face mask in public is about preventing the further spread of COVID-19, and from the looks of this pic, a fashion statement too.
What Measures Love INC is Taking to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
- Face masks are available free to volunteers, and are recommended while on premises.
- Disinfectant wipes are provided to wipe down desk surfaces, phones, keyboards, etc.
- We support the social distancing guidelines of the CDC (6-foot distance).
- Anyone who has been exposed to ill contacts or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must stay home.
- We ask that anyone who tests positive or is exposed to someone who tests positive is asked to report this information to their staff leader, so fellow team members are made aware.
COVID-19 Resources Available
Do you know someone who has tested positive for COVID-19? Please refer them to our Clearinghouse because we have funds designated to help!