Who We Are

Mobilizing the church to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ

Mission

Love INC of Greater Hershey exists to mobilize the church to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ. We are a collaboration of churches seeking to alleviate poverty for our under-resourced neighbors in need. We believe that everyone’s journey matters and we endeavor to provide a relational and caring environment where adults who are struggling with poverty-related issues can find hope and help as they navigate through life. Our goal is to establish healthy, resilient, and self-sufficient people who thrive in their communities.

Core Values

These core values are common to all Love INC Affiliates and help define who we are and why we exist.

  • We are Christian. Everything we think, say, and do is in the name of Christ.
  • Prayer is an integral part of who we are.
  • We follow Christ’s example of valuing the poor and needy.
  • We value unity of the Body of Christ.
  • We value transformation in the lives of people and communities.
  • We value churches living out the two great commandments to love God and love their neighbors.
  • We value building Christ-like relationships.
  • We value the connectedness of the Love INC movement.
  • We model excellence.
  • We value continually maturing in our capacity to meet people’s needs.
Prayer

Additionally, Love INC of Greater Hershey places a high value on the following:

Redefining Success

We value the need to redefine what mission success looks like and how it is best measured. We don’t measure success by attendance, buildings, or cash, but by growth in individuals and families, and by developing relationships and resources.

Collaboration

We value collaborating with others to impact the community. It is not our desire to do everything ourselves but to partner with other entities to establish a combined effort in reaching out to our community.

Mercy Over Judgment

We value showing mercy to those who find themselves in difficult situations. We will accept people where they are and we will not use judgment or guilt as false motivational tools.

Understanding Poverty

We value gaining a thorough understanding of the issues of poverty, both situational and generational. It is our desire to empathize with and be an advocate for those who struggle with issues of poverty.

Relational Currency

We believe that relationships are our most effective currency. We believe that social capital is what people need most and measure success as to the extent we create relationships with people in need and community resources.

Community Value

Love INC of Greater Hershey:

  • Unifies the Body of Christ by bringing the local church together and coordinating their vast resources of expertise, talent, time, and product
  • Empowers hundreds of volunteers to use their gifts and talents for legitimate, manageable service opportunities
  • Oversees a central Connection Center to receive, screen, clarify, and resource needs, tracking client history for reference
  • Develops a working knowledge and awareness of existing community resources, identifying service gaps, and pursuing possible solutions
  • Receives, inventories, and resources a variety of donated products of Personal Care Products
  • Provides free services and donated products to assist needy families with both immediate and long-term help
  • Transforms lives by offering life-changing opportunities through accountable incentive-based long-term programs that move people from need to self-sufficiency
  • Promotes good stewardship, with a $10 return on every $1 invested in the ministry
  • Offers unique value as a coordinating hub for churches, organizations, agencies, businesses and other groups to effectively provide poverty alleviation efforts for our neighbors in need.
Helping Hands

FAQs

Does Love INC provide direct financial support?
Rather than provide direct financial support, Love INC seeks to build relationships with our neighbors in need, typically referred to us by local churches, surrounding school districts, and the Hershey Medical Center. By offering supplemental support such as transportation to a doctor’s appointment, a hot meal, visitation, or yard care, many of Love INC’s clients start to feel cared for, valued, and connected.

 

What is Love INC of Greater Hershey's service area?

Love INC serves anyone who lives or worships in the 17033, 17036 and Dauphin County portion of the 17022 zip codes. We hope to expand this service area in the near future as we develop partnering relationships with churches from neighboring zip codes.

How does a church partner with Love INC to serve people in need?

Love INC provides services to churches to enhance, organize and coordinate local outreach efforts. We are happy to speak with any Christ-focused congregation about partnering to reach people in need. Please call Executive Director Doug Miller at 717-835-0101 for further information.

How does someone volunteer with Love INC?

Complete the volunteer application (LINK TO IT) and submit it via email, US Mail, or in-person. After receiving your application, a Love INC staff member will contact you to discuss your interests and volunteer opportunities.

How is Love INC of Greater Hershey funded?

Love INC is a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose sole funding is dependent on generous individual and business donors, churches, private foundations and special event fundraisers.

Does Love INC of Greater Hershey provide financial assistance to financially distressed people/families?

Love INC does not provide direct financial assistance. We seek to help distressed families in other ways, particularly those that help to alleviate financial burden and restore their individual value, through volunteers and referrals to agencies, some of which may provide financial assistance.

Additional Agencies

  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Bethesda Mission
  • Catholic Charities
  • Cocoa Packs of Hershey and Surrounding Area
  • Community Action Commission
  • Dauphin County Assistance Office
  • Dauphin County Crisis Hotline
  • Dauphin County Housing Authority
  • Derry Township
  • Derry Township School District
  • Dress for Success
  • Hershey Free Church Compassion Ministries, Food and Clothing Banks
  • Family Promise
  • Giving Tree of Hummelstown
  • Healthy Steps Diaper Bank
  • Help Ministries
  • Hope Lodge
  • Hope Within
  • Hummelstown Borough
  • Hummelstown Food Bank
  • Lower Dauphin Communities that Care
  • Lower Dauphin School District
  • Morningstar Pregnancy Services
  • New Digs Ministries
  • PPL On-track Program
  • Recycle Bicycle
  • Salvation Army
  • Shepherd’s Closet Clothing Bank

Supporting Businesses

  • Country Meadows Retirement Communities
  • Hershey Ophthalmological Associates
  • Mike Leonard Plumbing
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Seedlings Academy for Young Learners
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Wallett’s Flooring

Supporting Foundations

  • The Anne M & Philip H. Glatfelter III Family Foundation
  • The Fasnacht Family Foundation
  • The Franklin Foundation
  • The Greater Harrisburg Foundation
  • The Donald B. & Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation

Love Stories

By working collaboratively with local churches, social service agencies, health care providers, and schools, Love INC of Greater Hershey is making a difference in the lives of whom we serve. Below are examples of how Love INC of Greater Hershey’s caring support has helped.

Gentleman sleeping at hospital for three weeks

Stan’s wife had surgery. Wishing to be near her and unable to afford a lengthy hospital stay, he slept in the hospital for three weeks. Then he was referred to The Parsonage, a ministry of Love INC. He was grateful for the room and the prayers and support of the Love INC volunteers.

Her husband was in the hospital and she needed her lawn mowed

Betty was spending her days beside her husband’s hospital bed. The yard work he always took care was being left undone. A quick call to Love INC and volunteers from a local church responded. Betty’s lawn has been mowed, freeing her up to concentrate on more pressing matters.

Love INC provides transportation to work

After a vehicle accident left Connie without a car, she feared she would loose her job and her medical insurance coverage. Then she called Love INC. Caring Love INC volunteers have been helping her through the transition, providing her weekly transportation to work, to the grocery store, and to church on Sunday.

When their car breaks down, donated bicycles become their transportation

When their car broke down, they thought their job options were over. Now with two donated Love INC bicycles, they have transportation to future jobs.

Small world connection

A guest from Texas was admiring the unique tile work in The Parsonage’s upstairs’ bathroom. The tile workers from the Hershey Estates, who built The Parsonage, were known for their excellent and distinctive workmanship. More specifically, her dad was one of two tile workers for the Hershey Estates, and the bathroom tile looked like his “signature” work. Indeed, she was staying in a home her dad help build.

Woman feels supported and accepted

Volunteers have been helping an out-of-state family settle into their new apartment. New to the area and with reduced circumstances, the mom felt disconnected from others and was afraid she would be judge harshly. Warm and generous Love INC volunteers have included her in their weekly bible study. Recently, the woman reported feeling accepted and supported.

Volunteers committed to health care appointments

Before her doctor would schedule a necessary procedure, Dorothy needed to confirm she had transportation for three weekly appointments. Love INC was able to schedule and confirm volunteer drivers for her appointments. As a result Dorothy had timely, reliable transportation to facilitate her access to her health care provider.

When a prayer can sustain you

In December, the Clearinghouse Coordinator spoke briefly with and prayed for a woman who was investigating Love INC’s services. Today, the lady called back in need of a ride to the bank and the grocery store. She related how the prayer nearly four months ago had sustained her and asked the Clearinghouse Coordinator to pray for her again.

First time volunteer goes the extra mile

When a gentleman needed a ride to the medical center for a series of doctors’ appointments, a first time volunteer offered to drive him, wait for him during his extensive appointments and drive him home. Just as the client was getting out of the car, his physician called to say he had a fracture in his foot. Instead of driving away, this first time volunteer cheerfully drove the client back to the Medical Center, waited for him, and drove him home again literally, going the extra mile for Christ.

Filling the gap

A home-bound client has been receiving assistance from Love INC volunteers for over six months. Volunteers have been providing rides to medical appointments and help with grocery shopping and banking. This client does not qualify for any shuttle service until this fall when she will qualify for CAT transportation so Love INC has been filling the “gap” in the meantime. Love INC also facilitated home health-care for her.

Volunteer does guest’s laundry

A Parsonage guest was delaying taking her dirty laundry to the laundry mat because her knee was giving her some trouble. While she was visiting her husband, who was awaiting a transplant at the hospital, an understanding volunteer house manager washed her laundry. You can imagine the guest’s surprise and delight finding her freshly laundered clothing folded neatly on her bed. Love INC volunteers go the extra distance to treat The Parsonage guests like family.

A home away from home while man keeps a vigil for his wife

Robert, a private man, had been sleeping in his car, so that he could be near his wife at the Hershey Medical Center. A hospital care coordinator suggested he call The Parsonage. The Parsonage was able to provide Robert with a room, a “real” shower, and a light breakfast at no charge. The Parsonage volunteers feel blessed they were able to make Robert’s stay more comfortable.

Family support, so parent can go to work

When an out-of-town dad was torn between being with his young son at the hospital or going to his job, the pediatric care coordinator from the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center called Love INC to ask if volunteers would keep this boy company during the day while his father went to work. Love INC responded with 10 volunteers from 4 different churches to visit this little boy over a three day period. The father, a single dad raising 3 children, had peace of mind knowing loving volunteers were reading, visiting, and comforting his son while he went to his job.

A ride to the community health center and a whole lot more

When Jan needed to see a doctor, but didn’t have transportation to the local, free community health center, the staff at Hope Within Ministries in Elizabethtown suggested she give Love INC a call. A volunteer driver was able to take her to her doctor’s appointment. Over the last two years, Love INC has built a trusting relationship with Jan and has been able to provide her with many rides to follow-up doctor’s appointments and imaging centers for diagnostic tests, and monthly rides to a local food bank and clothing bank.