Love Ripon began out of the success of Love Modesto. Love Modesto started back in 2007 with two questions:
- Why is our city on lists of the “worst cities in America”?
- If our churches were to suddenly disappear from the Modesto area, would anyone even care or notice?
With a lot of dreaming and planning came our first Love Modesto on March 7, 2009. More than 1,200 people showed up to love our city in practical ways. We’ve done this 12 more times since then and have added more than 50 cities. Over 70,500 people have been involved … young, old, abled, disabled; people from a church or no church at all. Around 250,000 volunteer hours have been donated – this is over $6.5 million dollars in service (independentsector.org) that we’ve given to our communities! At these community-wide volunteer days, people engage in a variety of projects, including offering food to the hungry, visiting convalescent homes, donating blood, building a house with Habitat for Humanity, and working in city parks and schools, among other opportunities.
To learn more about Love Ripon, please visit: www.loveripon.com.