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Sacred Service Saturday 2017 Projects

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1. Hand to Hand      Closed — please make another choice.

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      Closed      

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. We are looking to revitalize the garden and beautify the learning center. www.newearthlife.org Ages 18 and over. Action Agape

 3. A New Way of Life Reentry Project      Closed  

ANWOL serves women who have been incarcerated, some for decades , and while being locked away they are not privy to a beautiful scenery. The project for the women of ANWOL is to provide a beautiful back yard. 18 and up. Freedom Light

4. Back to the Beach and Beyond      Closed      

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      Closed      

 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.or  All ages welcomed. Earth Spirit Agape

6. Agape Road Show      Closed      

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. Downtown Women’s Center      Closed     

The mission of the Downtown Women’s Center is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women. DWC receives a wide array of in-kind donations, including clothing, accessories, personal care products, and household items. Help us sort, organize, and distribute these donations across our programs. www.downtownwomenscenter.org  Ages 18 and over. Homeward Bound

8. Common Peace      Closed      

We will be joined by local Veterans as we co-create inspirational cards, artwork and letters to uplift other Veterans. We will also share mindfulness practices and stories to support,  heal and inspire.

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. Agape Peace Ministry

9. Felicity House      Closed

Felicity House is a 42 year old non profit sober living home for women in the Culver City area.  We will paint their white picket fence and do a good spring cleaning inside the house. www.felicityhouse.com  Ages 18 and up. Action Agape

10. Vista Del Mar      Closed      

Vista Del Mar is one of the oldest full service adoption agencies and foster family agencies in Los Angeles located on a large health and wellness campus. We will help with cleaning & organizing their supply closet, conference room and lobby. We will also help with making fresh copies of some of their important forms. www.vistadelmar.org  Ages 18 and up. Action Agape

11. House of Ruth      Closed      

House of Ruth provides transitional housing and support services for battered women and their children. Project includes planting and painting a fence. www.losangeleshouseofruth.com. Ages 15 and older. Action Agape

12. Safe Place for Youth      Closed      

SPY serves transitional aged youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness through a trauma informed and therapeutic approach.  Help them stay organized by sorting and organizing their clothing closet and on-site storage units. Those who love sorting and organizing will love this project!  www.safeplaceforyouth.org  18 years and older. Action Agape*

13. L.O.V.E. Foundation      Closed      

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 their 3rd annual fun day of celebration, music, and love supporting our temporarily homeless youth in the greater Hollywood area. We help prep and facilitate. All ages. Action Agape

14. Big Heart Ranch      Closed      

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  Ages 15 and older. Action Agape

15. Community Services Unlimited Inc. CSU Expo/ Mini Urban Farm

CSU, a 501© 3 non-profit organization, is a food justice organization in South LA.   Their 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 unattainable. We will be gardening at one of their unique urban farms. www.csuinc.org  14 years and up. Action Agape

16. Community Services Unlimited Inc. Paul Robeson Center

CSU recently acquired The Paul Robeson Center 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 non-profit organization, operating under the fiscal sponsorship of Hunger Action Los Angeles,  dedicated to transforming neighborhood food environments by building a sustainable infrastructure for urban agriculture. We will be composting, building and repairing raised beds, clearing weeds from paths and harvest vegetables where we can to share with Downtown Women’s Center.  www.proyectojardin.org   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 is an equestrian training program helping local young people to develop leadership skills. This will be a general cleanup  and organizing day with horses and some other critters. And, maybe some painting.  Folks should know that they will be with animals, so if they have allergies they should prepare appropriately. Boots recommended! www.comptonjrposse.org  Ages 12 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      Cancelled

CII serves over 25,000 children and families dealing with severe poverty and other traumatic experiences in Los Angeles.  We will be planting edible plants and gardening at their preschool and main location. The children learn about where food comes from by having an edible garden in the yard in which they play each day.  They watch the plants grow:  strawberries and blueberries, swiss chard and kale, corn and other food items.

 www.childrensinstitute.org Ages16 and older. Action Agape

22. Critter Crusade      Closed      

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 and doing some general cleaning. www.laanimalservices.com Ages 16 and up. Action Agape

23. 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

24. 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 of the home, outdoor landscaping and maybe gardening stuff, and possibly some light painting.   www.shareselfhelp.org  Ages 18 and older. 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

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 help organize their community library, tend to the community Garden and to do some general cleaning and maintenance around the center. www.theblazers.org  All ages welcomed. Action Agape

27. Westside Children’s Center      Closed      

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. Their Early Education Center is home to nine classrooms for children 0-5 years old with garden areas and playgrounds for children to learn and explore in. We will work in two gardens – the botanical garden and the STEM yard – helping to cultivate a colorful and interactive environment for the children of WCC. 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

29. Habitat for Humanity      Closed

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

30. 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.

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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