January 1, 2020
Several years ago, a group of leaders had a vision for a ministry that would bring together local churches to serve our community in practical ways at a critical time. Now five years later, because of their vision and the unending faithfulness of the Lord, we have seen this ministry flourish in what is currently Love in the Name of Christ of Central Lane County. In these last 5 years, our organization has been able to provide support to over 4,000 individual needs for more than 6,000 adults and children, and our volunteers have logged nearly 17,000 hours in service to our community.
When our Love INC first opened its doors in 2014, our affiliate dues were just $250.00 annually. Over the last few years, our dues have increased and now we are paying nearly $4,000.00 per year to be a part of the National Movement. Although we support the mission of the Love in the Name of Christ National Movement, we do not feel that remaining an affiliate chapter is the best or most responsible use of the resources that we have been given. We believe that organizational independence will allow for a better use of our limited financial resources, deeper investment into our own community, and greater efficiency in serving our local churches as they help our neighbors in need. For this reason, we will begin the 2020 as Love for Lane County. Along with the name change, we will have a new logo and brand, but the same love for Jesus and our community.
By disaffiliating from National, 100% of all funds that we raise will stay right here, serving local families in Central Lane County. Our mission has always been to serve our community and love like Jesus. This change will allow us to live out our mission more effectively. Our Board of Directors has come to this decision after much prayer and consideration. We are so excited for our vision for this upcoming season and even more excited to see what the Lord has planned.