Compassion Week

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Registration is now open for volunteer service projects during Compassion Week, scheduled this year for October 2–8. Instead of coming to a worship service on October 8, you are invited to put your faith into action that week by going beyond our Sanctuary walls and into the world to serve our neighbors.

With more than 80 projects on our church campus and throughout the Peninsula/Silicon Valley, everyone has an opportunity to serve, regardless of age or varied abilities. Focus areas include hunger, homelessness, education, environment, veterans, immigration, and more. Consider blocking out an afternoon, a day, or the whole week to serve in our community. In 2016 we surpassed our goal of 2,000 volunteers, and we hope to do the same this year!

Registering for Projects

Register online for specific projects using the buttons below, or you can register in person on Sundays, at church between services. Some projects will fill quickly, and we encourage you to sign up for your preferred project as soon as you make a decision.

This year we have a new registration software. It allows searches for projects by key labels such as a day of the week, project focus, or good for families, and it also allows searches by keyword (such as a specific agency you’d like to serve).

To search by category, use this button:

To search by keyword, use this button:

In addition to scheduled service projects, there are projects that you can complete on your own time, whether at home or with a group of friends. These projects are noted with “ANY” in the title. Contact the project leader listed in the project description for instructions to pick up supplies for making cards, fleece blankets, knitted hats, scarves, or social justice letters.

Optional Donation: Los Altos UMC funds Compassion Week through annual Advent Generosity donations so that Compassion Week participants don’t need to pay for the supplies needed for their service projects. If you’d like to make a completely voluntary donation to help support Compassion Week, visit our online giving page and choose one of the Compassion Week gift funds.

If you have any questions about Compassion Week, contact Coordinator Nadine Tadeo.

Compassion Week Celebration Lunch, October 15, 12:30–2:00pm

To share the successes and stories of our service week, we will hold a lunch celebration the week after Compassion Week. Meet the organizations we served, share your service experiences, celebrate with worship, and watch a slideshow of photos from various projects. We will also have a Hoops for Houston Shoot-Out Basketball Tournament! Watch for details coming soon.


Highlights From Compassion Week 2016

Thank you to all who participated in Compassion Week 2016! Instead of holding worship services on October 9, we volunteered in our community, engaging in acts of service all week. Projects ranged from home construction to bicycle repair, food sorting to dinner serving, and more. It was life-changing for many in our community, and we hope it made an impact on your own life, as well.

Here are a few numbers reflecting our work:

  • 110 service projects
  • 2,034 volunteers
  • 4,864 volunteer hours
  • 201,800+ people directly served!

Check out the video highlights below.



Why does Los Altos UMC have a yearly Compassion Week? What is the goal of Compassion Week?
LAUMC is dedicated to helping people understand the value of becoming a deeply committed follower of Christ. LAUMC offers opportunities to realize this goal through head, heart, and hands. Once a year, we offer this different way to worship, through hands-on service. Compassion Week offers an opportunity for the LAUMC community to experience fellowship and God’s calling through service.
Does it cost money to participate in Compassion Week service projects?
Compassion Week is free for volunteer participants. Expenses are funded from the generous donations of LAUMC congregants during the previous December’s alternate giving campaign. There could be opportunities to donate additional money or resources to the organization hosting your project, but this is NOT mandatory for your participation.
Are there opportunities for all age groups?
LAUMC organizes opportunities for ages 4 up to adults. Some are geared toward kids, youth, families, or seniors.
Do I have to be a member or attender of LAUMC to participate? Can I invite friends and neighbors to sign up as well?
Compassion Week is open to the community and is an excellent time to invite friends, neighbors, and family members to do church differently. Feel free to invite anyone you think would enjoy serving with us.
Who leads Compassion Week and how can I contact them?
Compassion Week is sponsored by Los Altos UMC and is led by a team of volunteers. You can contact the Compassion Week team ( directly with any questions or suggestions.


If you have any additional questions about Compassion Week, please contact Jan McDaniel.