Compassion Week will serve 200,000 people in need

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Thousands of volunteers will come together to serve the community through 100 service projects in the San Francisco Bay area during the third annual Compassion Week, October 5-11. Sponsored by Los Altos United Methodist Church, the effort provides opportunities to get involved in a variety of service areas.

Compassion Week is an invitation to serve, care for and support our community.

Busy hands, loving hearts. Thousands of volunteers will come together to serve the community through 100 service projects in the San Francisco Bay area during the third annual Compassion Week, October 5-11.

Sponsored by Los Altos United Methodist Church, the effort provides opportunities to get involved at 40 area agencies, with projects in areas such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, education, environment, veteran needs, housing, and social justice.

“Compassion Week is an invitation to serve, care for and support our community,” said Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino. “Los Altos United Methodist Church arranges service projects with partner organizations to not only make an impact now but also inspire participants to continue serving with these organizations, putting their beliefs into action year-round.”

Volunteers can learn more and register at CompassionWeekLosAltos.org for any of the diverse service opportunities, which range from building projects and food distributions to environmental cleanup efforts. There is no cost associated with the activities, and options are available for participants of all skill levels and availability.

There will be a Compassion Week celebration at Los Altos United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 18, from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m., with food trucks, an opportunity fair to sign up for further volunteer work, a time of reflection and a worship service.

Compassion Week is funded in part by a Rethink Church event grant from United Methodist Communications’ Rethink Church initiative as a way to help local United Methodist churches in their efforts to make a difference in the world. Volunteers do not have to be affiliated with The United Methodist Church – or any church – to participate.

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About Rethink Church
RETHINK CHURCH is a ministry of United Methodist Communications that encourages congregations to take action outside the church walls by engaging in opportunities that meet critical needs – from literacy programs to feeding the poor, both locally and across the world. At rethinkchurch.org, visitors may interact, learn more about the church, and search for involvement opportunities.

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