Compassion Week

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About Compassion Week

No regular worship services will be held on October 9. Instead, the congregation will worship that week (October 3–9) by participating in volunteer service opportunities throughout the Peninsula or on our church campus. Friends and family are always welcome to join us! Our goal is to get more than 2,000 people engaged in acts of service. LAUMC organizes volunteer opportunities that range from sorting food to working on construction projects, preparing and serving meals, repairing bicycles, and more.

Registering for Projects

Online registration for projects is open using the button 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.


Highlights From Compassion Week 2015

Thank you to all who participated in Compassion Week 2015! 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:

  • 130 service projects
  • 1,768 volunteers
  • 5,251 volunteer hours
  • 94,000+ people directly served!

We have two videos highlighting our work, one about our volunteers and one about some of the agencies we partnered with. They are 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 Leslie Carmichael and Jan McDaniel with 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.