EVANGELICALS FOR SOCIAL ACTION FRESNO INCORPORATED

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Religion, Economic Development

Location: 1300 E Shaw Ave Ste 136 Fresno CA 93710 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is only one of two organizations in California that has a Certified Volunteer Administrator who leads the Clearinghouse. The volunteers are Christians who attend a church here locally and want to share the love of Christ with others who are in need either physically, emotionally, and/or mentally. They truly care about each individual and will spend whatever time is necessary to make sure that not only is the physical need met but also the emotional and spiritual needs as well. Each volunteer gives three hours, one to two times a week "loving their neighbors as themselves" connecting people with churches or agencies that can help. They love what they do and they love being able to show the love of Christ to each individual that calls in. If people have trouble getting thru on the line, it is usually due to the time the volunteers invest in each person they talk with or to the lack of volunteers that have offered to serve. Each call is important to them so they spend the time needed to not just meet the obvious need but the underlying need as well. I would love to see them get at least 5 volunteers for each shift but that would mean that they would need one volunteer for every 10th church (there are over 500 churches in Fresno and Clovis). I volunteered in the Clearinghouse and it blessed me to be able to help others and show them Christ's love. It took me stepping out of what is comfortable but it grew me in more ways than I expected. I would highly recommend volunteering here.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

If the church doesn't have the resources to help, no one does. There are over 500 churches located in the Fresno/Clovis area and Love INC mobilzes the churches by making sure the need is real and connecting the churches and the community to get the need met. If the church can't meet the need, Love INC has a large resource of referrals to make sure that need is met and in a loving way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Love In the Name of Christ needs more volunteers to answer the phones on Monday thru Friday from 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm in order to meet more needs. If you attend a church in the Fresno and Clovis area please contact the Love INC business offices at 244-0105 and make a difference in the Fresno/Clovis community. Step out of your comfort zone and reach out to those in need. Give the gift that keeps on giving!

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

ESA/Love INC. is making an incredible difference in our community during these difficult economic times. ESA/Love INC. is standing in gap for many needy folks in our community connecting them to resources inside and outside of the church. One of the biggest challenges is trying to figure out how to respond the growing amount of needs in our community which results in the need for more volunteers and financial resources.





I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors since 2004. Over that time, I have learned so much about God's heart for the poor and am thrilled by how God has used ESA/Love Inc. in our community to mobilize churches to network together across denominational lines to serve those in need. Love INC has been a great resource to our church in helping us understand our responsibility to love our neighbors as ourselves.





Matt Cook


Board Chair - ESA/Love INC


Executive Pastor - Campus Bible Church, Fresno

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Love INC. clearinghouse has been so helpful our church connect resources to needs in our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage others to volunteer so that more individuals could be helped through the clearinghouse.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I learned about ESA/Love Inc after joining the pastoral staff at Campus Bible Church.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

ESA/Love INC helps people regardless of their religious background. Their goal is to connect clients to a helping church who can come alongside them and enfold them into their congregation. Marvin Olasky author and publisher of World Magazine wrote in his book 'Tragedy of American Compassion’ There are three things the poor need 1. Affiliation/belonging to a caring group of people. 2. Bonding/ having a few close caring people in their lives. 3. Categorization/food, clothing, shelter, money. ESA mobilizes the church to do that. The church is the largest company in our city, with branch offices in almost every neighborhood, where the poor can go to get the basics of life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having people tell me stories about how they were helped through ESA/Love INC.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't say I would change anything about this organization, but I would like to see many more churches connect up with ESA/Love INC to be able to help even more people in need.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have watched and donated ESA/Love INC as they have done the outstanding work of mobilizing churches, faith based organizations and individuals to touch lives. I highly recommend giving them a call and investing in this vital work.
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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see so many churches reaching out to our Central Valleys rural communities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase it's capacity with technology

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