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Taking it to the streets!

Season of Service begins in just 10 days! If you have not yet chosen a way you would like to serve this season, Serve Sacramento's regional service calendar is filling up with great and meaningful ways to give of yourself this month as we begin the year in service. This week's e-newsletter features two of these events--both may require you to get out of your comfort zone and hit the streets! (and reach that cardiovascular goal you resolved for at the start of the year) More information is below! And don't forget to check out our calendar for more service opportunities.


Let's hit the ground running in love and service this season,


Megan McCleary

Serve Sacramento Director

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Service Opportunity: Distribution of Flyers for free tax assistance & community breakfast

Serve Sacramento is launching its 2015 Season of Service with an outreach event in partnership with Hands on Superior California and the Sacramento Coalition for Working Families to serve families in the Oak Park community on Saturday, January 17th from 8:30am - noon. The event will begin at Zion Temple Church in Oak Park (4640 Del Norte Blvd.) with a community potluck breakfast and a viewing of a short movie about Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy followed by a time for discussion. After this, volunteers will go door to door in the Oak Park neighborhood and distribute leaflets about free tax preparation events to help working families keep more of the money they earn. For more information and to sign up to serve, visit Hands on Superior California's event page here!


If you have any questions about this event, please contact megan@servesacramento.com

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Service Opportunity: Homeless Street Count

MORE THAN 400 VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the Sacramento Homeless Street Count! The Homeless Street Count helps our community better understand and serve our homeless population. Information collected from the night of the count is used to learn about the size of the homeless population, refine existing programs to better engage and serve this population, develop new programs where gaps exist, and make policy decisions on homeless issues in Sacramento. The Event also provides funding for vital services, including federal funding for emergency shelter operations and transitional and permanent supportive housing projects.


The Homeless Street Count is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28 from 7pm to midnight and volunteers are needed throughout the month of January as well as on the night of the event.


To view various volunteer roles and to sign up, please visit Hands on Superior California's event page here

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Stories of Service: Christmas party in Juvenile Hall

This week's story of service comes from Serve Partnership Unlimited's Director, Rob Dirkse, as he shares his experience serving at a Christmas part last month:


"Serve Partnerships was invited to join our ministry partner Bridgeway Prison Ministry at Juvenile Hall for the annual Christmas Party - What an amazing time... We went to the Max Security unit with kids who were headed to prison when they turn 18. It rocked me to look at them and realize what their future could be. Dan Gamel, the ministry director told the young men that I (SPU) connected their families with KLOVE for Thanksgiving meals and it was so powerful to have a young man say "Thanks for helping my family." The young men thanked us profusely and many were childlike in their interactions. When the message was given they were asking questions and were very attentive. When the prayer was said, it seemed like the whole room was praying! A few times over my ministry career I have had the distinct impression that I was on Holy Ground. Tonight was one of them... "Lord, you know these young men's hearts, surround them and lead them to strength and maturity in You. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your pursuit of these broken hearts.

Keep up to date on what we are doing by visiting our website and following our facebook,instagram, and twitter accounts. We are looking forward to sharing this Season with you!