In response to “In your opinion, how does Love, Inc. impact the community?”, our board members had this to say.

Jim Bauman

Board Treasurer

“Love Inc. provides the Burlington Area with a coordinated effort to reach out to those in need in Western Racine County. Love Inc’s success is driven by the generosity and concern of the citizens of our community dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those being served.”

Richard Peterson

“Over the many years that I have been associated with Love the positive
affect on the community and area has greatly increased. The Organization
and its supporters have made available many supportive services to many
community and area residence. These services have been both physical.
financial, and emotional.”

Kay Burd

Morneau Shepell, Director of International Business Development

“Love, Inc. enables people to support each other in the community.  In giving and receiving assistance, our community helps fill hungry tummies, provides learning for sustained independence, and perhaps most importantly fills charitable hearts, and thankful hearts.”

Chris Ponteri

“Love, Inc. impacts nearly every aspect of the great Burlington community. You have churches, schools and businesses joining together to help those in need in our community, and that is a wonderful thing. It brings everyone together for the greater good.”

Ruth DeLay

Board Vice President

Bohners Lake Sanitary District, Administration

“I’d like to share a comment from an article that I read…..”The happiest people are those who help others.”  Daily the case managers and staff at Love touch lives without being judgmental and have a true compassion for all who seek assistance.”

Patty Ebbers

Retired, Home Helpers, R.N.

“Love is the heart and soul of the community. We provide tangible items to those in need,but we also have made a commitment to the enrichment of emotional and spiritual well being of each member of our community.”

Brett Ekes

“I believe Love, Inc. brings people together to help and support one another, which in turn brings the members of the community closer to one another, thereby building a stronger community from within.”

Peter Smet

Burlington Area School District, Superintendent

“Love Inc. is the center for serving our neighbors in need in our community, serving as the common ground and meeting place for providers to meet the needs of the clients.”

Jeffery Erickson

WVA, Vice President of Operations

“Our mission and model is very simple, yet very effective.  We help those who need it.”

Tom Tess

Johnson Bank, Retired: V.P. Commercial lending

“Most residents think of Love, Inc. as the thrift store at the end of South Pine. But Love Inc. is so much more than a thrift store. We touch over 25,000 people annually, over 15,000 clients received food through our food pantry, and over 600 community members volunteered to make it all work. Everything we do is possible because of the incredible support from our community. Our Executive Director, Bill Schoessling likes to say and I agree, ”Working together, we can accomplish anything.” “

Scott Hermann

“Love Inc is a critical part of the Western Racine County.  Without the services Love provides, Organizations in the  greater Burlington area would be scrambling to provide services to the people who need it the most.   Love is a trusted resource by both donors and by people receiving assistance when they need it the most.   Love Inc is a blessing to the community and I greatly appreciate all of the volunteers, staff , corporate sponsor and board members who care enough to make it a priority!”

Maria Veronico

HRXperts a Human Resource and Employment Law Consulting Firm, Founder and President

Racine County court system, Mediator

“Love Inc. brings support and resources to those in need.  We also provide opportunities to those who may not have a chance elsewhere.”


Diane Huck

Aurora Health Care System, Nurse Manager-Retired

“As an organization, Love, Inc. strives to meet the needs of those in our community who for multiple reasons are unable to adequately provide for themselves/their families.   Love, Inc. assists these individuals in helping them develop to their full potential.”

Dan Vojta

Pastor at Peace Lutheran Church, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

“In the 14 years I’ve been in the Burlington area I’ve seen hungry people get fed through the food pantry. I’ve seen lonely people find both companionship and nutritious meals at the meal site. I’ve seen moms and dads being coached on how to communicate appropriately to their children, so that homes that were once filled with endless arguments are now filled with calm conversations and laughter. I’ve seen sick people get connected up family physician, psychiatrists, nurse, dentists,and optometrists. I’ve seen people who were unemployed being equipped with the skills they needed to get a job, and keep a job. I’ve seen volunteers whose lives have been enriched as they were given the opportunity to reach out and help others. I’ve seen the joy that people have in giving to Love, Inc., knowing that their donations are received with gratitude, and used in ways that reflect the highest standards of accountability, efficiency and effectiveness.”

Cindy Wishau

Board President

Edstrom, Inc., Human Resources Manager

“In my opinion: It has always amazed me all the services provided by Love, and have found that when there is a need in the community, the community turns to Love as the resource for that need.”

Jon McKinney

Family Vision & Contact Lens Centers, Optometrist

“Love Inc. enables people to improve and enhance their lives, empowering them to be self sufficient with dignity and respect. By helping those who need a hand we realize that we are all in a fragile state.  As our community pulls together we find that we all need mercy and hope.”