With the goal of making service simple, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and its campuses in San Mateo, Mountain View and San Jose invite the public to join in serving on 41 projects on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 — its 10th annual Compassion Weekend. Instead of attending church that weekend, congregants participate in service projects throughout the Bay Area.

This year, there are opportunities for 5,000 volunteers to participate. Compassion Weekend expenses for supplies and materials are funded by MPPC’s Christmas offering which raised $423,000 that will go directly out into the community. To sign up, visit

Compassion Weekend was created in an effort for the church to better understand and engage with its local community. This year the 41 projects have an emphasis on supporting low-income and at-risk community members.

“On the tenth anniversary of Compassion Weekend we see the deep impact this event has made in the Bay Area,” says Mark Swarner, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Mission Pastor. “Aside from the measurable impact of things like houses built and meals served; there has been an immeasurable impact from ongoing relationships with local non-profits, churches, schools, and ministry partners and individual members of the congregation and community who have gone on to committed and consistent service.”

New projects in Menlo Park this year include a project with the non-profit Big Lift Little Libraries to build, paint and decorate mini-libraries and assemble book bags for children in low income areas; beautification, renovation, and cleaning projects at Garfield Elementary School; and toiletry kit assembly for those living on the streets of the Peninsula with Street Life Ministries.

Photo caption: Compassion Weekend volunteers build playhouses with the non-profit, Habitat for Humanity.

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