LINK, Inc. is a non-profit, 501C3 charity that exists to provide emergency food to people in need in the Herndon, Sterling, and Ashburn, Virginia communities. The all-volunteer staff members at LINK believe in the power of selfless service and the importance of providing people in crisis with unconditional love.
LINK Finds a Pot of Gold in its Volunteers
As an all-volunteer organization, LINK depends entirely on volunteers to serve families in need in our community. Here are some highlights from March –
Volunteer from Home for LINK - Can you imagine a volunteer job where you rarely have to leave your own home? LINK has the perfect position for you! We are looking for volunteers to answer phones just 3 times during the year for two weeks at a time. Volunteers call in remotely and retrieve messages left by LINK clients who need emergency food assistance, and then contact those clients and find out their food needs. You will schedule the dates for food deliveries and then send an email to the Delivery Coordinator and the Packing Coordinator each day that deliveries are scheduled. We are also looking for bilingual (Spanish) volunteers. The timeframe would be February/June/October. This is a great way to get involved in an organization that benefits clients in our communities and know that you are helping make a difference in someone’s life! If you are interested, please call Lisa Lombardozzi (703-973-4444) or email – President@linkagainsthunger.org.
Deliver to Clients in April – we have a few dates in April where we need some volunteers to help us deliver food to clients living in Herndon, Sterling or Ashburn. To view the list, go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904044EA9A7292-april1
Mobile Food Pantry – On March 12th, we woke up to lots of rain. Our Mobile Food Pantry dates (2nd Tuesday of each month) have had a pretty spectacular run to date. We started in September 2012 and we’ve had unseasonably warm weather in the winter and sun shining days. So, on this day, I was a bit worried. My dear friend, Bob Ashdown, always reminds me to trust God. So, I put on my rain boots and headed over to meet the driver from the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB). I looked to the heavens and asked God a simple prayer – “Please stop the rain by 2 pm.” Well, He did and even earlier than that! At 1:00 pm, we unloaded the truck and the sun started to peek out from the clouds. MITRE sent some employees to help us and we had volunteers of all ages (teenagers to seniors) helping out too! We received about 8000 pounds of food from CAFB and distributed to 246 families (1218 individuals). We have some photos on our Facebook page – click here.
LINK Volunteer Lists Online – if you would like to see all of the lists where we have ongoing needs, click here. We need some volunteers on Fridays to pick up food from Clearview ES, Tuesdays at Dranesville ES, a lot of dates at Hutchison ES, and a lot of dates at Newton-Lee ES (Ashburn).
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:1-2)(ESV)