September is Hunger Action Month, and our amazing volunteers along with thousands of others in Clinton and Lycoming counties are joining in on the fight against hunger!
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” (Helen Keller)
In August, 748 volunteer hours were given by our dedicated volunteers at The New Love Center. 210 men and women came together to accomplish so much, as they do every month. We are blessed by their selfless giving and could not continue the great things we do without them. On behalf of all the people who benefit from your time and energy, thank you volunteers! Whether it’s receiving donations, sorting and storing them, distributing meals, or serving in our café, everything is done with the love of Christ in service to our community.
Have you considered volunteering with us? We’d love to have you join us! You can come in any time and see what we do.
Have your questions answered and get a first hand look at how you might be able to give. Call Kristin in the office at 570-244-8838 to set up a time to visit or click here to find out more about volunteering with us.
In August, 17 young adults and chaperones from Cottage Ministries and Greenview Alliance Church came out to help us pack and distribute boxes for Lock Haven. They also cleaned all the barn-stored shelving we bought at Sears and helped assemble it in the Henry Street Annex. We are so grateful to this wonderful group of volunteers and look forward to working with them again in the future. Thank you so much, the shelves look great!
Few things bring people together like a meal. At the Café, we don’t just serve food, we provide the opportunity to sit down and socialize, talking to each other and enjoying some company. Many of our clients live alone and may not get the chance to see people throughout the day. In August, we served 600 meals at no cost to anyone who came through our doors, giving them food and friendship served with the love of Christ.
36 volunteers made this possible, donating 156 hours of their time. Our volunteers are special people who understand the importance of making personal contact with each person. They go out of their way to make a space “where the love of Christ provides for all.”
Most of the donations we receive are in the form of food that can be distributed to those in need. Open the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, individuals come and receive these donations at the Pantry. These distributions are at the heart of what we do. Without them, those facing food insecurity would be forced to choose between paying bills and buying groceries. In August, 908 individuals received food from the pantry and didn’t need to worry about how to get their groceries. 149 of these individuals received assistance for the first time.
The New Love Center also operates a number of other programs that help fight food insecurity. We have the MilitaryShare program, which provides an extra box of food to seniors. In August, 140 households participated in it. There is the Senior Box program, which gets additional food to senior citizens, helping 93 individuals this month. We also have the Pop-Up Pantries, which extend our reach to additional locations that may be easier for some people to access. In Renovo, 109 individuals received food and in Lock Haven, another 200 individuals were served.