Spiritual Life

Methodist church sponsors Compassion Week

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Volunteers at Los Altos United Methodist Church bring cheer to the Mountain View Senior Center during Compassion Week in 2015. The annual weeklong event encourages parishioners to volunteer their time working on a range of community service projects.

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its fifth annual Compassion Week Oct. 2-8, offering local residents the opportunity to join in a week of volunteer community service.

The Compassion Week planning team has organized more than 150 projects addressing a range of local needs, from cleaning up local creeks and parks to cooking and serving meals to veterans and the homeless, sewing dresses for children in Africa and repairing bicycles for dayworkers and their families.

According to organizers, there is a project for everyone, regardless of skill set or age. Projects are available during the day, in the evenings and on weekends to enable everyone to participate, including projects that can be completed independently at home.

Local high school students can complete required service hours during Compassion Week.

Last year more than 2,000 volunteers participated in approximately 130 service projects, contributing a total of 5,200 volunteer hours and supporting more than 94,000 people.

For a list of available projects and to sign up, visit compassionweeklosaltos.org.

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