Over 200 Volunteer for La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Serve Day

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Serve Day Cub ScoutsServe Day Elizabeth House Baby ShowerOn Sunday, May 19, the members of La Cañada Presbyterian Church were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for its first Serve Day. The project, which included eight volunteer opportunities from downtown Los Angeles to right here in La Canada, united hundreds of people to help neighbors in need.Over 230 volunteers gave their time to projects such as serving lunch and dinner for the homeless, hosting a play date for foster children, beautifying a community garden, and throwing a baby show for a pregnant woman in crisis. Each of these eight projects benefited a local organization with whom the church partners to serve the community, including the Union Rescue Mission, Union Station, Elizabeth House, Child S.H.A.R.E., Door of Hope and the Harambee School. An additional 150+ people donated food and goods at LCPC, Ralphs and Vons supermarkets and online to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.Serve Day Harambee“It was a joy to see so many different people united to make a real difference in our community,” said Megan Katerjian, LCPC Director of Outreach. “We hope this is the first of many Serve Days to come.” Volunteers came from LCPC, as well as the La Canada community and beyond. One father and son team came as far away as Manhattan Beach for this opportunity. Others came from Santa Monica to serve.Cub Scout Pack 512 partnered with LCPC for the LA Food Bank project, bringing about 40 families from La Canada Elementary and Crestview to participate. Led by LCPC member Jason Ware and his son, the Scouts collected food from Vons customers and brought 8 wagon-loads of food over to LCPC.The Parents’ Afternoon Out was so popular that two families came from as far as Palmdale and Lancaster to participate. While the 18 children in attendance enjoyed running, playing board games and watching movies, their parents got time to reconnect and refresh. A Child S.H.A.R.E. mom joyfully remarked that the date time she and her husband had was “wonderful” as they went on a three-hour hike in the nearby mountains. She added, “We haven’t done this in years!”At the Harambee School in Pasadena, more than thirty volunteers of all ages got their hands dirty pruning the community garden and orchard and planting roses. Betsy Blakeley drove up from Santa Monica to participate.“I loved helping out and Harambee deserves a nice garden out front,” stated La Canada student, Amanda Donofrio.“The entire day was very rewarding. Seeing the community’s generosity, meeting new faces, knowing the impact it was going to have on someone I didn’t know: the more I serve, the more I learn about my faith and discover new possibilities to make a difference,” said volunteer Jeanni Trout.The next Serve Day 2014 is already scheduled for May 6, 2014. In addition, Katerjian facilitates monthly volunteer projects called “Go Journeys,” which provide an easy way for individuals to regularly give a few hours of their time. For more information on how to volunteer through LCPC, contact Megan Katerjian at [email protected] or (818) 790-6708 ext. 628 or visit the website at www.lacanadapc.org/serve.About La Cañada Presbyterian ChurchLa Cañada Presbyterian Church (LCPC) began in 1948 with 158 members and a vision to reach the world for Jesus Christ. That early church was built quite literally on faith and charity from remainder brick and an operating budget that turned just about all of its revenue into active ministry. Through 65 years of outreach, LCPC grew to 2,000 active attendees doing ministry throughout Southern California and in 40 countries around the world. In 2010 the church completed a campus expansion which doubled its physical base for ministry and kept its historical sanctuary as the heart of the new grounds.La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Boulevard, La Cañada, (818) 790-6708 or visit www.lacanadapc.org. 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