demonstrating kindness || meeting needs || impacting lives with the love of Jesus
Since it’s inception in 2009, Serve Our Stockton has enjoyed 3 years of success in our community. SOS was formed in response to the Mayor’s State of the City address call for volunteerism — to improve Stockton during a dismal economic time.
In our 3 years as SOS, we have impacted our community with over 175 projects involving around 5,000 volunteers which translated to approximately 28,000 hours!
Several months ago, the organizers of Serve Our Stockton were approached by the organizers of Love Modesto in support of what we were doing in Stockton. Love Modesto’s model of organizing their entire community resonated with organizers of Serve Our Stockton. The decision to change SOS to Love Stockton just made sense as there are so many other cities up and down the valley with the same theme of loving their cities by serving their cities. Civic pride abounds in our valley when we all come together on one day, making an impact in our cities…loving on our cities! Loving our cities would be just a part of who we are, preferring others as Jesus does.
Love Stockton will be a continuation of SOS in that we will still engage in a variety of projects such as offering food to the hungry, visiting convalescent homes, donating blood, cleaning up our city parks and roadways, sprucing up our schools, and supplying needs to the homeless, among other endless opportunities. Our mission and vision will be the same.
As we dream for 2012, our vision is expanding to also include community organizations and businesses who would like to give back by serving the city they are committed to … to Love Stockton.
This is love, living in the way God commanded us to live. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is this: live a life of love. 2 John 6