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March 15, 2011

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March 15, 2011

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.

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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.

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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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