Love Modesto started with two questions back in 2007 – Why is our city on some of the “worst cities in America” lists? What if our churches were to suddenly disappear from the Modesto area, would anyone even care or notice? With a lot of dreaming and planning came March 7, 2009. Over 1,200 people showed up to love our city in practical ways. We’ve done this 9 more times since and adding around 40 regional cities. Over 27,000 people have been a part … young, old, abled, disabled, people from a church or no church at all. Over 95,000 volunteer hours have been donated – at minimum wage, this is over $760,000 dollars we’ve given to our communities! At these community wide volunteer days, volunteers engage in a variety of projects such as offering food to the hungry, visiting convalescent homes, donating blood, building a house with Habitat for Humanity and working with the city parks, among other opportunities.
Here are some of the stories:
“What a day! I think yesterday was probably the biggest special event day Modesto has ever had (I’ve lived here since 1971).”
“I got to be part of the parks & offer Danish & lemonade to people out there suffering as I was once 3 years ago. I got to share a bit of my experience, strength & hope and let them know that there’s help out there and that people do care.”
“If Love Modesto never happened again, we are making this part of who we are!”
“We had a great day! Out of 30 people who volunteered, we now have about 20 new mentors who’ll work with students every week! Awesome!!!”
“Love Riverbank was awesome today! We are truly a great community!”
“Had an amazing time spreading encouragement to some of the Public Servants who sacrifice so much to serve and protect our city. Thank you to Firestation #7!”
“Congratulations to a successful day! It is the efforts of the community that can change a community. Job well done Love Escalon!”
“I had the opportunity to visit a Convalescent Home. It was such an honor to visit these older precious adults who welcome you with open arms and look forward to your return! Lets do it again and again!!!”
So many amazing stories have come out of these days, but perhaps the greatest stories are hundreds and hundreds of people who now continue to regularly volunteer with the organizations and areas they served. This is our hope and prayer …renewed pride in cities, on-going volunteerism and our community transformed. Loving our cities would be just a part of who we are, preferring others as Jesus does.
This is love, living in the way God commanded us to live. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is this: live a life of love. 2 John 6
For more information, visit their website at: www.lovemodesto.com