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Sacred Service Saturday 2016 ProjectsClick-Here-to-REGISTER

1. Hand to Hand

Hand to Hand , the foundational community partner of Homeward Bound, provides a hot sit down meal every Saturday and most Holidays. Come join us as we nourish our guests with love and compassion! The quality of life for those who live on the streets will be raised up through your service.www.h2hlive.org Ages 15 and up. Homeward Bound*

2. New Earth

New Earth provides mentor-based arts, educational, and vocational programs that empower juvenile justice system involved youth ages 13-24 to transform their lives, move toward positive, healthier life choices, and realize their full potential as contributing members of our community. Volunteers will serve at the New Earth Arts and Leadership Center where they will take part in a number of activities including building gardening boxes for use in our Down to Earth gardening program, helping New Earth’s spoken word and vocal artists record a promo for the center and more. www.newearthlife.org Ages 18 and over. Action Agape*

3. Tree People at Norman O. Houston Park

Weed, Mulch and Water young trees provided by Tree People. Educational opportunity to hear about their important work and be a part of it! Earth Spirit has adopted this park near Agape www.treepeople.org All ages welcomed. Earth Spirit Agape*

4. Back to the Beach and Beyond

Pick up ~ Clean Up ~ Wake Up at Agape’s Adopt-A-Beach Program. We will be cleaning the beach and doing some habitat restoration. Everyone welcomed! Earth Spirit Agape*

5. Adopt the Learning Garden

The Learning Garden is a community supported project , at Venice High School, integrating teaching of gardeners of all ages into the school’s one acre garden. We are committed to teaching everyone where our food comes from and exporting our garden model which sequesters carbon and helps ameliorate global climate change. Come join as we play and plant! www.thelearninggarden.org

All ages welcomed. Earth Spirit Agape*

6. Agape Road Show

Come to perform, pray or join in group songs at a hospital and a convalescent home. Bring your love and joy to patients in need. All Ages, and levels of talent, welcomed. Agape Road Show*

7. Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity LA builds and repairs homes for low income families in need and provides affordable home improvement items through our Torrance and Bellflower ReStores (like a cross between a home depot and a thrift store). Volunteers will be helping run and operate the stores for the day. Activities could include organizing items, loading and unloading donations, placing items out on the floor, cleaning, and other essential projects to help the stores function. www.habitatla.org Ages 14 and up. Action Agape*

8. Common Peace

We will be co-creating inspirational art and greeting cards for children in the foster care system; and for local Veterans and writing letters of encouragement and inspiration to them.

CP was born out of the first Season for Nonviolence LA Task Force founded by Agape and is a 501(c) 3 non-profit. www.commonpeace.org All ages. Peace Ministry*

9. Vista Del Mar

Vista Del Mar is one of the oldest full service adoption agencies and foster family agencies in Los Angeles. We will be making binders, packets, copying and reorganizing their office. www.vistadelmar.org Ages 18 and up. Action Agape*

10. People Who Care Youth Center

PWCYC is a nonprofit youth and family counseling center. Sadly, the organization is closing down its programs and will need to clean out the building of all furnishings and discard paper and other debris. We intend to donate the furniture so the recipients will be required to pick up the items on that day. Ages 16 and up. Action Agape*

11. House of Ruth

House of Ruth provides transitional housing and support services for battered women and their children. Project includes gardening and grooming the grounds. www.losangeleshouseofruth.com. Ages 15 and older. Action Agape*

12. Safe Place for Youth

SPY provides services for young people living on the streets of our community, including a youth drop-in center. We will be sorting clothes, organizing, painting and gardening at their new facilities. www.safeplaceforyouth.org 18 years and older. Action Agape*

13. L.O.V.E. Foundation

L.O.V.E. Living Our Vision Everyday Foundation is a non-profit organization serving disenfranchised youth in the greater Los Angeles area.

The event, #loveisalive BBQ, is a fun day of celebration, music, and love supporting our temporarily homeless youth in the greater Hollywood area. We help prep and facilitate. Aged 18 and up. Action Agape*

14. Big Heart Ranch

Big Heart Ranch provides healing interactive experiences with rescued animals including horses, alpacas, deer and even chickens! General cleanup including clearing brush, weeding, the chicken coop and more. And, of course, playing with the animals. www.bigheartranch.org

Ages 15 and older. Action Agape*

15. Agape Spirit Foundation

This nonprofit (not part of Agape International Spiritual Center) is geared for change and change makers, housing Vets and ex-inmates. We will be planting and painting. All ages welcomed. Action Agape*

16. Community Services Unlimited Inc.

CSU, a 501© 3 non-profit organization, is a food justice organization in South LA. Their mission is to foster communities that address the inequalities and barriers that make sustainable communities and self-reliant life-styles difficult. They recently purchased a 2 story office building which will become the 1st organic produce market in South LA. We need volunteers to help clear out and clean up the building in preparation for renovations. www.csuinc.org 16 years and up. Action Agape*

17. Proyecto Jardin

Proyecto Jardin is a food justice advocacy organization that strengthens community capacity to transform neighborhood food environments through urban agro-ecology and community organizing for food systems change. We build grass roots people power and mobilize collective action to build healthy communities by addressing social, economic, and environmental justice issues. We will be doing general maintenance and an array of gardening tasks in this organic oasis on the eastside of Los Angeles. All ages welcomed. Action Agape*

18. Home Sweet Home

Help lovingly beautify our own Agape International Spiritual Center. We will refresh, revitalize , reorganize and other activities to make our spiritual home more hospitable. www.agapelive.com

All ages welcomed. Action Agape*

19. Compton Jr. Posse

Compton Jr. Posse Youth Equestrians provides motivational experiences with horses for local disadvantaged young people. This will be a general cleanup daywith horses, goats, llamas and probably some other critters. Folks should know that they will be with animals, so if they have allergies they should prepare appropriately. Boots recommended! www.comptonjrposse.org Ages10 years old and up. Action Agape*

20. Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

SCL is a people’s library in South Los Angeles dedicated to preserving the histories of communities in pursuit of justice.This project will help bring greater order to the Library and its collections to help all those who use the Library’s resources to research and put to practice the histories of everyday people working to create change. www.socallib.org. All ages. Action Agape*

21. Children’s Institute Incorporated

CII serves over 25,000 children and families dealing with severe poverty and other traumatic experiences in Los Angeles. We will be planting and gardening at their preschool and main location. Ages 18 and older. Action Agape*

22. Critter Crusade

LA City Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the U.S., with 6 shelters serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls each year involving animals or people in danger. The South Los Angeles Shelter is the newest and largest shelter. We will help with basic daily chores, including window washing, sweeping, cleaning of animal control vehicles and preparing newspapers for animal cages. www.laanimalservices.com Ages 16 and up. Action Agape*

23. SHARE! Self-Help and Recovery Exchange

SHARE! Supports people as they pursue growth and recovery in a non-judgmental environment. They provide meetings, housing and volunteer-to-job opportunities for the people they serve. This year we will be painting one of their meeting rooms. www.shareselfhelp.org. Ages 18 and older. Action Agape*

24. SHARE! Self-Help and Recovery Exchange, Recovery Retreat

We will be doing general deep cleaning of the home, outdoor landscaping and maybe gardening stuff, and possible some light painting at this sanctuary east of Los Angeles. www.shareselfhelp.org All ages. Action Agape*

25. SHARE! Self-Help and Recovery Exchange, Downtown

This is a general cleanup project. www.shareselfhelp.org Ages 18 and up. Action Agape*

26. The Blazers House

Once again, we bring some loving attention to this wonderful facility that teaches life skills to children and young adults. We will garden, paint, cleanup and create a mural. www.blazeryouth.org All ages welcomed. Action Agape*

27. Westside Children’s Center

Westside Children’s Center provides integrated family services for under-served young children and their families in West Los Angeles including early care and education, foster care and adoption, and family support services. We will be We will be gardening, organizing and cleaning classrooms and playground areas. www.westsidechildren.org. 12 years and older. Action Agape*

28. George Washington Carver Middle School Outdoor Classroom

Help nurture this green education resource in mid-city LA. The purpose of this Garden is educate kids how food is grown and to promote healthy eating habits. All ages. Action Agape*

Surprise

Are you willing to trust Spirit? Choose Surprise on your sign-up form and, we promise, you will be surprised. It could even be a project that came in after we went to print. This is your only choice, and a great one, if you register after September 6th.

*Part of Agape’s CommonUnity Ministries

If you have any questions please call 310-348-1260 X 1600

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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself
in the service of others.
— Gandhi

 

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
— Jean Anouilh (1910 – 1987)

 

There is no higher religion
than human service. To work
for the common good is the
greatest creed.
— Woodrow Wilson (1856 – 1924)

 

No act of kindness, no matter
how small, is ever wasted.
— Aesop (620 BC – 560 BC) The Lion and the Mouse

 

Service … is love in action,
love “made flesh”; service is
the body, the incarnation of
love. Love is the impetus;
service the act, and
creativity the result with
many by-products.
— Sarah Patton Boyle,
U.S. civil rights activist and author.

 

Never Doubt that a small
group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can
change the world; indeed, it’s
the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead

 

I expect to pass through this
world but once; any good
thing therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can
show to any fellow creature,
let me do it now; let me not
defer or neglect it, for I shall
not pass this way again.
— Ettiene De Grellet

 

Love cannot remain by itself–
it has no meaning. Love has to
be put into action and that
action is service.
— Mother Teresa

 

Love grows by service.— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

 

I don’t know what your destiny
will be, but one thing I do
know: the only ones among
you who will be really happy
are those who have sought
and found how to serve.
— Albert Schweitzer

 

If I have been of service, if I
have glimpsed more of the
nature and essence of
ultimate good, if I am inspired
to reach wider horizons of
thought and action, if I am at
peace with myself, it has been
a successful day.
— Alex Noble