More than 1,000 local volunteers commemorated Compassion Week at Los Altos United Methodist Church Oct. 20-26.
During the week, the congregation focused on serving others in the community. Church members also invited friends and neighbors to participate.
The church organized 88 volunteer service opportunities throughout the week, and more than 1,100 people served for more than 3,400 combined volunteer hours. Project sites ranged from Salinas to San Francisco, and more than 158,000 people directly benefited from the service work.
Los Altos-based projects included working on the native garden at Oak Avenue School, cleaning up trash at Permanente and Hale creeks, making home repairs for local families in need, holding a blood donation drive and hosting a respite night for families of children with special needs.
Other partners for local and international projects included Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, Project WeHope in East Palo Alto, West Valley Community Services in Cupertino, Casa Materna in Nicaragua, Little Dresses for Africa, Operation Christmas Child and Stop Hunger Now.
For highlights from the volunteer projects, visit laumc.org/compassionweek.