Many students who volunteer or intern at Love INC do projects that directly relate to their majors.
Tori does not fit that generalization. She volunteered for four years, then graduated from George Fox University with a double degree in English (concentration in creative writing) and Spanish.
It was special for her to work alongside other students. “It was amazingly gratifying to know that so many of my peers were working together towards such a great purpose,” she said.
She currently has a virtual internship with a small publishing company, where she edits mostly non-fiction manuscripts. While others might find the work dull, she loves “critiquing grammar and writing style, and helping authors create the best work they can.” Her dream is to do similar work but in a physical office.
“Love INC constantly challenged me spiritually by showing me the personal side of poverty,” she said. “I had read that Jesus comforted and loved the poor, but I had never developed relationships with people who were truly in need. It wasn’t until I helped single mothers get free diapers, and homeless men get hot meals, that I began to understand how marginalized we have made them, and how human they actually are.”
Tori has a passion in her heart for others because of her time at Love INC. She shows that it isn’t necessary to have a job as a social worker to make a difference.
“Servant Update” is a series about former volunteers and interns from Love INC Newberg.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” –1 Corinthians 10:31