Love INC honors community members for volunteer efforts

Schenkel’s All Star Dairy/Dean Foods received the Dorothy Scheiber Heart of a Servant Business Award Wednesday, Feb. 28, during the Love In the Name of Christ annual volunteer recognition and business meeting luncheon. Celebrating the occasion are (from left) Kate Stuart, Dorothy Scheiber’s daughter; Stephen Heinzmann, production manager and Larry Brown, plant manager of Schenkel’s All Star Dairy/Dean Foods; Julie Brinkman, Dorothy Scheiber’s daughter; and Trent Wolfe, president of the Love INC board of directors.
Schenkel’s All Star Dairy/Dean Foods received the Dorothy Scheiber Heart of a Servant Business Award Wednesday, Feb. 28, during the Love In the Name of Christ annual volunteer recognition and business meeting luncheon. Celebrating the occasion are (from left) Kate Stuart, Dorothy Scheiber’s daughter; Stephen Heinzmann, production manager and Larry Brown, plant manager of Schenkel’s All Star Dairy/Dean Foods; Julie Brinkman, Dorothy Scheiber’s daughter; and Trent Wolfe, president of the Love INC board of directors. Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Those who volunteer their time to help others in their community with need were recognized Wednesday, Feb. 28, during the Love In the Name of Christ’s volunteer luncheon and annual business meeting, held at The Well Church in Huntington.

Board of Directors President Trent Wolfe presided as Lisa Mettler was voted to the board. Mettler is an area support specialist at Early Learning Indiana and has 20 years’ experience in early childhood education. In addition, she spent nine years as an administrator at Pathfinder Kids Kampus.

Schenkel’s All Star Dairy/Dean Foods was presented with the Dorothy A. Scheiber “Heart of a Servant” Award for a business. Plant Manager Larry Brown and Production Manager Stephen Heinzmann accepted the award, as Scheiber’s daughters, Kate Stuart and Julie Brinkman, looked on.

“In the last six months, Schenkel’s Dairy/Dean Foods has donated over 16,500 pounds of dairy products to our food pantry. Every bit of that stayed right here in this community,” Wolfe read. “Their staff genuinely cares about this ministry and regularly asks how things are going for the people we serve. Because of their incredible donations, we almost always have dairy items to share with the people who walk through our doors, over 200 families a week.”

There were two Dorothy A. Scheiber “Heart of a Servant” individual awards presented this year. The first recognized Susie Dieringer, who has worked about seven years in the Covered With Love store. Store Manager Carolyn Rogers said Dieringer is a faithful worker who loves being in the store ministry and has helped with Love INC’s back to school program.

“She’s always happy; always willing to help,” Rogers said. “And she’s someone that’s stood beside me all the way when I needed it.”

The second “Heart of a Servant” went to JoEllen Morris. Ministry Coordinator Erin Didion said Morris is a wonderful example of treating those she serves with love, kindness and respect.

Among activities that Morris has worked with at Love INC include decorating tables for the mission’s Unity Feast, setting up the Christmas gift shop and donating a complete dinner to a family in the Loving Neighbors program. She has also served as a past board member and works each week in the food pantry.

“Her words and actions go a long way toward helping our neighbors maintain their dignity. She gives with an open heart, expecting nothing in return, and supporting the mission and work of Love INC in so many ways, giving of her time and her resources freely.”

The Love INC Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Paul Vining. Food Pantry Coordinator Kelley Miller said Vining exemplifies the core values of the fruits of the Spirit.

“Paul gives freely of his time and his talents without ever expecting anything in return,” she said. “Paul is grateful for his life and his blessings, his trials and his opportunities. We can see that he has joy in his heart.”

Wolfe also announced the board had selected Logan Patterson as the new executive director of Love INC. Patterson is the head pastor of the 509 Community, which is winding down.

“Logan is a Huntington University graduate who is passionate about serving those in need,” Wolfe said.

Patterson will begin his new position at Love INC on April 10.