is to be a community who serves together to address the unseen needs of our neighbors.
is to be a neutral connecting point bringing neighbors together to raise awareness and cultivate relationships. We build trust and restore hope to those facing challenges related to housing insecurity.
In the spring of 2016, a dream began. A dream of businesses, churches, schools, and individuals coming together to provide an event for the community - a simple egg hunt. This event was a collaboration that surprised many but gave birth to the belief that TOGETHER we could make an impact to last.
That same summer there were three (3) fires, out of these challenging events this same collaboration birthed the Clothing Closet - an emergency resource for immediate needs.
Seeing the huge benefits of working together, the collaborations continued. As we continued to work together many needs were identified.
In the last parts of 2018, over 23 of our neighbors struggled with housing instability ~another way to say this is that they were homeless, many of them children. The sad reality is this IS OUR COMMUNITY. Many times communities do a very good job of pretending everything is "fine," when behind closed doors life is falling apart. As awareness grew and conversations continued almost every conversation went something like this ...'" this is unbelievable I've lived here my entire life, I had no idea" or "This can't be, I don't see people sleeping on the streets." We knew then we had to do something!
Fast forward, this dream is now Love Our Community, a 501(c)3 Non- Profit Organization. Love Our Community seeks to care for neighbors who are in need of tangible help, of relationships, of a place to serve.
Board of Trustees.
Chairman of the Board
Ross is the Chair of LOC's Board of Trustees and the pastor at Evermore Community Church. His favorite movie is The Passion of the Christ. He is passionate about serving because "The second greatest commandment is 'Love Your Neighbor'. Jesus calls us to go into our communities and love people in His Name. Love Our Community gives us the platform to do this. We can be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in our neighborhoods."
Founder & President
Kelli founded Love Our Community on a dream to mobilize communities to come together to meet needs that are often unseen. Her favorite movie is Remember the Titans with Rocky as a close second. She is often heard saying it takes us all! Kelli and her husband Ron have six kids and one beautiful granddaughter.
Vice Chair & Secretary
Matt is our newest board member and serves as the pastor of Bethany Mennonite Church in Hartville.
Treasurer of the Board
Howard is the Treasurer of the Board. His favorite movie is The Shack. His personal goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Howard believes Love Our Community fits his mission.
And over 1000+ Volunteers.
Our Partners are a critical part of our community, allowing us to support our mission and grow our message! Our sponsor's back us in many different ways, from donating goods & services, to hosting and supporting our events! We couldn't do it without them!