MPPC invites community members to volunteer for Compassion Weekend

by Carolyn Bennett on April 19, 2012

Compassion Weekend volunteers

For seven years, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) and Open Door Church of Mountain View and San Mateo have mobilized thousands of volunteers from churches and communities to make a difference in the Bay Area. This year, with 28 projects spread over the weekend of April 28-29 in dozens of neighborhoods from San Jose to San Francisco, MPPC is inviting people from local communities to join together to serve in areas addressing education, housing, medical care, poverty, and more.

Historically, Compassion Weekend pours more than $350,000 and 12,000 work hours back in the community. After the weekend, many volunteers branch out and continue to give their time to local schools and non-profit organizations year-round. Compassion Weekend volunteers range from skilled workers to families with small children. There’s a place for everyone to participate.

“Compassion Weekend is an easy way for people who want to help others,” said MPPC Mission Pastor Mark Swarner.  “We invite everyone — kids, teens and adults — to participate with us.  It only takes a few hours to help make the Bay Area a better place.”

Volunteers from churches and communities in the Bay Area who would like to participate in this year’s Compassion Weekend can select from a variety of projects listed online.

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