Compassion Week Expands in Los Altos

September 19, 2019

Volunteers will extend compassion to their neighbors and serve the community through 100 projects in the San Francisco Bay Area during Compassion Week 2019, September 30-October 6. Up to 3,500 people are expected to give their time throughout the week to complete vital acts of service and social justice that enable individuals and families to build a stronger and more empathetic community.

Numerous volunteer opportunities are still available and open to all regardless of age or faith. Participation is free.

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Founded by Los Altos United Methodist Church in 2013, Compassion Week has expanded its vision of service to the greater community this year through a new partnership with Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) and several local faith communities. Los Altos churches joining the Compassion Week efforts this year are Christ Episcopal Church, St. Nicholas and St. Williams Catholic Parish, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

“We are excited to be working side-by-side with a diverse population of volunteers, including families, children, youth and adults – and helping those who need our support the most,” said Jan McDaniel, Compassion Week team leader. “As founder of Compassion Week, Los Altos United Methodist Church is excited to expand its vision of building a stronger, more compassionate community by working in partnership with the local faith community and Los Altos Community Foundation to make an even greater impact this year.”

The broader scope and support provided by these new partnerships will bring more opportunities for residents to volunteer throughout the Bay Area, with projects focused on the areas of poverty, hunger, homelessness, education, environment, veteran needs, housing, and social justice. Service projects will take place at partner church sites and LACF, in addition to local agencies and nonprofits from Milpitas and San Jose to Pacifica.

“LACF’s partnership with Compassion Week will inspire local residents to participate in philanthropy and volunteer service moving forward,” said Joe Eyre, executive director, Los Altos Community Foundation. “Through this week of collective impact across the community, we will raise awareness of vulnerable populations and other local needs though events and volunteer opportunities.”