Sacred Service Saturday

Sacred Service Saturday Projects     

 

 

1. New Earth

New Earth provides mentor-based arts, educational, and vocational programs that empower juvenile justice and system involved youth ages 13-25 to transform their lives, move toward positive, healthier life choices, and realize their full potential as contributing members of our community. We will be painting, organizing and painting a mural and more at the learning center.  www.newearthlife.org  All ages. Action Agape*

2. A New Way of Life Reentry Project

ANWOL serves women who have been in the criminal justice system, some for decades. While incarcerated, these women had little or no opportunities to garden or even enjoy healthy foods. Our project will be replanting a garden that the women can take care of so as they nourish the garden, they nourish their bodies, souls and spirit as they find their ways back into society.  www.anewwayoflife.org  Ages 22 and up. Freedom Light Prison Ministry*

3. 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*

4. 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*

5. 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*

6. Safe Place for Youth

Safe Place for Youth’s mission is to inspire, nurture, and empower the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one young person at a time.  Help them by organizing their clothing closet and hygiene tower. And, join them in an art project as well.  www.safeplaceforyouth.org 18 years and older. Action Agape*

7. L.O.V.E. Foundation

L.O.V.E. Living Our Vision Everyday Foundation is a non-profit organization serving disenfranchised and shelter less youth in the Hollywood area.

The event, Love is Alive BBQ, is their 4rd annual fun day of celebration, music, and love supporting our youth in the greater Hollywood area. We help prep and facilitate.  www.lovefoun.org   All Ages. Action Agape

8. Big Heart Ranch

Big Heart Ranch provides healing interactive experiences with rescued animals including horses, alpacas, deer and even chickens! General cleanup including the chicken coop, horse corral and more. www.bigheartranch.org   All ages welcome. Action Agape*

9. Community Services Unlimited Inc. Paul Robeson Center

CSU’s mission is to foster the creation of communities actively working to address the inequalities and systemic barriers that make sustainable communities and self-reliant life-styles challenging to obtain. CSU is nearing completion of building an expanded Paul Robeson Center which will be the 1st organic produce market in South LA.  We will be carrying out multiple activities in preparation for the grand opening, including unpacking boxes, organizing their seed library, work on their onsite farm and outreach into the community.  www.csuinc.org  14 years and up. Action Agape*

10. Home Sweet Home

Help prepare our own Agape International Spiritual Center as we get ready for our new home. We will organize, pack, clean and more. www.agapelive.com   All ages welcomed.

11. Compton Jr. Posse

Compton Jr. Posse is an equestrian training program helping local young people to develop leadership skills. This will be a general cleanup, painting  and organizing day with horses and 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  Ages 16 years old and up. Action Agape*

12. Critter Crusade

LA City Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the U.S. The South Los Angeles Shelter works to promote health, safety and welfare of animals and people in Los Angeles. We will help with basic daily chores and doing some general cleaning. And, possibly at a local dog park as well. We will not be walking dogs!!  www.laanimalservices.com Ages 16 and up. Action Agape*

13. SHARE! Self-Help and Recovery Exchange, Culver City

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 doing general cleaning and maybe some gardening. www.shareselfhelp.org. Ages 18 and older.  Action Agape*

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

The SHARE! Recovery Retreat is a boot camp or jump start for recovery. During their free two-week stay, participants are supported to take charge of their lives, create and strengthen their social networks, identify and pursue their goals, and learn that they have all the resources they need to handle life’s challenges. Along the way, participants learn life skills such as conflict resolution, communication skills, budgeting, shopping, and cooking.   We will be doing general deep cleaning and organizing of the home and revamping our vegetable garden.   Ages 18 and older. www.shareselfhelp.org   Action Agape*

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

This is a general cleanup project of their downtown meeting spaces. www.shareselfhelp.org Ages 18 and up. Action Agape*

26. The Blazers House

The Blazers is a community organization that focuses on improving quality of life through cultural awareness and community cooperation. They use their space and programs to practice and promote life skills for quality living.  We will be replacing some wood fencing, painting and probably some general cleaning and maintenance around the center. www.blazeryouth.org  All ages welcomed. Action Agape*

17. Westside Children’s Center

Westside Children’s Center provides thousands of at-risk children and their families with critical, high-quality early education programs, family strengthening interventions, foster care and adoption services, and a variety of other vital, integrated services. We will be doing maintenance and beautification of their Early Care Center.  www.westsidechildren.org.  12 years and older. Action Agape*

18. George Washington Carver Middle School Community Garden 

Help nurture this green education resource in mid-city LA.  We will be pruning, weeding tilling and watering the plots. The purpose of this Garden is to educate kids how food is grown and to promote healthy eating habits. All ages. Action Agape*

19. 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*

20. Amity Foundation

Amity Foundation provides services and support for people making their way back into productive roles in society. We will be doing various tasks around their facility.  www.Amityfdn.org   Ages 21 and up.  Freedom Light Prison Ministry*

21. Tree People

Tree People provides trees and resources for greening and education in our communities. We will be weeding, watering and mulching young trees provided by tree people at Norman Houston Park.  www.treepeople.org  All ages. Earth Spirit Agape*

22. A Place Called Home

APCH is a dynamic youth center in South-Central Los Angeles. We will be cleaning and beautifying the center.  www.apch.org  Ages 8 and up. Action Agape*

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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

 

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