Volunteer since 2010
The main reason I volunteer at Agape is that I am serving my Lord through my service here. It is personally very rewarding, as we meet many different people and have the opportunity to share Jesus with them.
I love helping people!
Lucia Willis began volunteering in July 2018. Lucia says, "I am amazed at the work done here at Agape. I love helping people. Being a runner allows me to serve the clients in a special way as I select just the right item to meet their needs."
Scott Moyer, Moneta
Volunteer since 2011
I volunteer because it makes a difference and I always get the opportunity to use Scripture to present Jesus to everyone I speak with. I have seen the difference in people’s lives in that process.
I Like Serving Others!
“I like serving others, so the interaction with the clients is rewarding. I also enjoy my colleagues in the Pantry. I have worked in other food pantries and I appreciate how Agape is organized and the unity of the volunteers. I drive 45 minutes each way to volunteer and it is the highlight of my week.” Sam Skillman - Volunteer since 2016
Volunteers share why they support the Agape Center
Volunteer since 2018
“For the first time in my life, I actually missed my work and couldn’t wait to get back from Thanksgiving holiday to Agape. Volunteering at Agape allows me to serve people in my own community, and I’m so glad to be a part of this amazing ministry with so many like-minded servants of our Lord.”
Cora Arthur, Moneta
Volunteer since 2015
“As a pastor’s wife, working at Agape is ‘stress relief’ for me. Meeting with clients and volunteers is so enjoyable, and the unity in spirit among the volunteers is so refreshing.”
Book Department Director
Volunteer since 2011
“My passion as I serve in the Book Department is to see the amazing resources that Agape has been blessed with and to get these into the hands of those, whether clients or volunteers, to be used by God for purposes such as saving knowledge of Christ, spiritual growth, emotional comfort and encouragement, mentoring helps, educational and pleasure reading. I get goose bumps when I hear about how a special book has helped a Mentor minister to a hurting client! I love the folks at Agape and love to help find reading materials for them.”
Jan and Rick Johnston
Jan says, “I volunteer here because I strongly believe in home missions and reaching out to our community. I love the fact that all donations go to client needs and not organizational costs. Everything is poured back into ministry and you can see that you are helping people and spreading the Gospel.
Jan Johnston, Moneta
USDA - Volunteer since 2013
Rick says, “When I work at Agape, I am living out Matthew 25:40: ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ ”
Rick Johnston, Moneta
Maintenance/Grounds - Volunteer since 2013
Karen Fusaro Gift Baskets Manager Moneta VA Volunteer since 2014
“I didn’t choose Agape; Agape chose me. I get so much more from this work than I give. This is my local family since I moved from New York. Each gift basket is made with a lot of love, and that is what keeps me motivated. I am so passionate about what we do and how important it is to provide some-thing really nice for our clients, who need a bit of sunshine every day.”
I can do whatever God asks me to do —no excuses — because He is with me. (Power Thought based on Gideon’s interaction with God in Judges 6)
Pat Hofheinz - Data, Phone, Reception
Volunteer since 2014
“My son, who is the pastor at Radford Baptist Church, said it’s a good way to serve and he’s so right! Plus it gets me out of the house.”
David Wolf responded, "As a Christian, I want to know God and to know the things that are important to God. The things that please Him. I want to support those things that God is passionate about. Certain scripture passages stand out to me that reveal these things.
In Isaiah 58, God reveals through Isaiah what true fasting is all about. God says, "Is it [true fasting] not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"
In Psalm 82 we are called to "Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed."
In Matthew 25, Jesus says "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took me in. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me." Jesus says that when you do these things to the least of those who belong to Him, it is the same as doing it for Him. And Jesus said He will distinguish the sheep from the goats by the presence of these acts of kindness.
I love the simplicity of John the Baptist's message in Luke 3. When the crowds ask John "what must we do?" He tells them "The one who has two shirts must share with someone who has none, and the one who has food must do the same."
These scriptures and others help me to choose those organizations that I support. The Agape Center is one of those organizations because what they do is consistent with those things that delight God."
Moments like this ...
Bob Lohmeyer recently had a couple who came to the Furniture Department to pick up an item. The wife mentioned the husband was about to have hip surgery, and Bob, who had had hip surgery a couple of years ago, was alert and began asking them if they had certain items that would be helpful as he recovered.
They had none of the items he suggested; so he directed them to the Storage Shed, on the other side of the property, and met them there, where he outfitted them with everything he would need.
The woman was so touched, she began to sing a song: “Jesus Loves Me, this I know” . . . at which point Bob joined in, and through tears they finished the so . . . “for the Bible tells me so.”
Bob says, “It is moments like this that give me the motivation to come to Agape every time I’m scheduled.” Bob Lohmeyer has served at Agape for over seven years.
Benda Beisser, Bedford County
Volunteer since 2016
Agape is such a special place. Many organizations give things, but Agape provides the spiritual component in people’s lives and that makes Agape different and special. I’ve done several jobs at Agape, but I truly enjoy meeting clients and interacting with them in the Store.
Volunteer since 2013
I love the way things are done at Agape. I love mentoring and praying with clients, and I am thankful to be a part of an organization that provides financial, household and clothing assistance as well.”
I wouldn't work this hard for pay!
Charlie Goodman is from Bedford County and has worked in the pantry since 2013, Charlies says, “I wouldn’t work this hard for pay, but I will volunteer for the Lord because it is so fulfilling. I really like serving the clients with my friends in the Pantry.”
Alicia Van Vleet Bedford County
"I enjoy the work at Agape, and especially the interaction and serving clients from my community"
Ted Bernau Pantry Moneta VA Volunteer since 2008
“I volunteer to serve the Lord and to serve others.”