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Volunteers Making A Difference At ICC

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Laughter cascades down the stairwell at the ICC home office in Vancouver, Washington. Is there a staff party in full swing? Not at all. Today is mailing day and eleven enthusiastic volunteers have gathered in the upstairs conference room to stuff and prepare the monthly Qué Pasa newsletter. Even though there is light-hearted conversation, this task is critical to the ministry of ICC, and the volunteers seated around the tables take it seriously.

Dorothy Larson ICC volunteer

Dorothy Larson — ICC Volunteer. Dorothy coordiantes the volunteers who stuff the envelopes for ICC’s monthly newsletter. Dorothy has been a volunteer at ICC for thirty-three years. Volunteers are a vital component of the ICC ministry.

Dorothy Larson has been an ICC volunteer for almost as long as ICC has been in existence. She reckons that it was a couple of years after the start of ICC that she became involved with the mailings. That would be about 33 years ago. Dorothy coordinates the volunteer involvement in the mailings and ensures that everything is done correctly and efficiently. It usually takes from 8:00-10:30 on mailing mornings to stuff three to four items into each envelope. According to Dorothy, the volunteers prepare about 6,000 envelopes for each mailing. That includes the Spanish version of the Que Pasa which she processes herself.

Things are a bit different now. “When we first started,” Dorothy states; “we had to put the stamps on the envelopes and write the addresses.” Now, that process is automated. However, stuffing the envelopes is still done by hand and ICC is indebted to our faithful group of volunteers who willingly, and happily, do this task. When asked why she keeps coming back Dorothy replies with a big smile; “I love children.”

Volunteers stuff envelopes for ICC’s monthly newsletter

Volunteers stuff envelopes for ICC’s monthly newsletter

ICC children, staff, donors and volunteers comprise what we warmly refer to as the “ICC family.” Our mailing volunteers are part of the ICC family, and sometimes they involve their own family members. On this particular day, there are two married couples. One of the volunteers, Eileen, is the mother to Alanna Jones who is ICC’s sponsorship coordinator. Jean and Sandy are mother and daughter. Sandy says; “Mom and Dad used to come [to help with the mailings]. Dad used to invite me, and when he died, I used to bring mom because she couldn’t drive.”

The volunteers really seem to enjoy themselves and feel good about their contribution to the work of ICC. Bonnie B. has been volunteering for about six years. She states that “It’s a wonderful social time of Christian men and women. It’s fulfilling to now we’re helping orphans. It’s a blessing to be able to do that.”

Judy has been volunteering for about a year. When describing what’s going on she says; “It’s a Christian fellowship. It’s fun to get together and do something worthwhile.”

Eileen adds; “It’s very healthy because we laugh a lot.”

It’s not possible for all the volunteers to participate every month. According to those seated at the table more volunteers are needed. Bonnie says; “This room used to be so full that we ran out of places for people to sit. We’re always in need of more volunteers.”

We appreciate the work of our faithful volunteers. They truly make a difference in the lives of ICC children by helping us communicate with you, our extended ICC family. If you’d like to join this important group of volunteers on mailing mornings, please contact the ICC office (800-422-7729) for further details.

ICC Story To Be Told On The Hope Channel

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Amazing things can result from what seem at the time to be simple occurrences. In the summer of 2011, Doug Congleton, ICC’s executive director, was asked to give an impromptu presentation to a small group of people interested in learning about International Children’s Care.

One of those at the presentation somehow had some connection with Pastor Don Schneider, former president of the North American Division of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and currently host of the “Really Living” television show broadcast on the Hope Channel. This person contacted Pastor Schneider and strongly suggested that he interview Doug about ICC for “Really Living.”

Pastor Don Schneider of the "Really Living" TV show broadcast on the Hope Channel

Pastor Don Schneider

During the next week Pastor Schneider contacted Doug at ICC’s home office in Vancouver, WA, and after just a few minutes of conversation, was convinced that he should dedicate a full hour of his show to interviewing Doug and learning the story of ICC. Arrangements were then made to bring Doug and Daniel Ixcot, ICC’s marketing director for ICC Mexico, to the studios of Adventist Media Productions in Simi Valley, CA, to film the interview for broadcast.

The set of really living at Adventist Media Productions in Simi Valley, CA.

The "Really Living" set at Adventist Media Productions

Pastor Schneider was deeply moved as both Doug and Daniel first told their stories of how they were each called to ICC’s ministry, and then as they each went on to relate their own personal “favorite experiences” from ICC’s amazing ministry.

We know you’ll want to see this special and touching episode of “Really Living” with Doug and Daniel so please make a note of these dates and times. This episode is due to premiere on Friday, March 9, 2012, at 7 PM Eastern on the Hope Channel. It will air again that same day at 10 PM Eastern. Subsequent airings will be on Saturday, March 10, at 5 PM and Monday, March 12 at 7 AM. Don’t miss it!