Our vision is to help Modesto and cities worldwide to love their community like Jesus would. We are inspiring a renewed love for our cities by leading community wide volunteer days, ongoing volunteerism, collaboration among leaders and initiatives with neighborhoods, schools and foster care/adoption.
Love Modesto started in 2007 at Big Valley Grace Community Church with two questions: 1) Why is our city on lists of the “worst cities in America”? 2) If our churches were to suddenly disappear from the Modesto area, would anyone even care or notice? We did not know the answers to these questions, but we knew we were called to love Modesto as Jesus would.
With a lot of dreaming and planning came our first Love Modesto on March 7, 2009. We were hoping for 100 people and more than 1,200 people showed up to love our city in practical ways. We’ve done these volunteer days 10 years now and have helped more than 80 other cities. Over 180,000 people have been involved … young, old, abled, disabled; people from a church or no church at all. Over 800,000 volunteer hours have been donated – this is over $20.5 million dollars in service (independentsector.org) that we’ve given to our communities! At these community-wide volunteer days, people engage in a variety of projects, including appreciating public servants, visiting convalescent homes, donating blood, building a house with Habitat for Humanity, and working in city parks and schools, among other opportunities.