Our Story


Love Modesto

We love Modesto so that our city will be forever changed!

We lead community wide volunteerism and neighborhoods, schools and kids initiatives.

Love Modesto started in 2007 at Big Valley Grace Community Church with two questions: 1) Why is our city on lists of the “worst cities in America”? 2) If our churches were to suddenly disappear from the Modesto area, would anyone even care or notice? We did not know the answers to these questions, but we knew we were called to love Modesto as Jesus would.

With a lot of dreaming and planning came our first Love Modesto on March 7, 2009. We were hoping for 100 people and more than 1,200 people showed up to love our city in practical ways. We’ve done these volunteer days 9 years now and have helped more than 60 other cities. Over 111,000 people have been involved … young, old, abled, disabled; people from a church or no church at all. Around 388,500 volunteer hours have been donated – this is over $9.4 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.

Here are some of the stories:

“What a day! I think yesterday was probably the biggest special event day Modesto has ever had (I’ve lived here since 1971).”

“I got to be part of the parks & offer Danish & lemonade to people out there suffering as I was once 3 years ago. I got to share a bit of my experience, strength & hope and let them know that there’s help out there and that people do care.”

“We had a great day! Out of 30 people who volunteered, we now have about 20 new mentors who’ll work with students every week! Awesome!!!”

“Had an amazing time spreading encouragement to some of the Public Servants who sacrifice so much to serve and protect our city. Thank you to Firestation #7!”

“If Love Modesto never happened again, we are making this part of who we are!”

After the first couple of years of these volunteer days, we were realizing that more sustainable solutions were needed in order to see our city transformed.  Our efforts evolved from beyond a day to championing ongoing volunteerism, collaboration among leaders and initiating Love Our NeighborhoodsLove Our Schools and Love ALL Our Kids.

There have been so many amazing stories that have emerged from Love Modesto over the years, but the greatest stories are still to be told. We believe and are committed (along with so many others in our city) to making Modesto one of the great turn-around stories in American history!

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

Consider joining many individuals, families and churches believing in our vision for Modesto. For more information, please contact: jeff@lovemodesto.com | 209.566.9343

Church Partners:
Big Valley Grace Community Church
Centenary Church
Crosspoint Community Church
Modesto Covenant Church
One Church
Redeemer Modesto
Shelter Cove Community Church
The Well
Trinity United Presbyterian Church

Stan Risen – Stanislaus County
Galen Carroll – Modesto Police Department
Pam Able – Modesto City Schools
Tom Changnon – Stanislaus County of Education
Lynn Dickerson – Gallo Center
Marian Kaanon – Stanislaus Community Foundation
Francine DiCiano – United Way of Stanslaus County
Jose Sabala – South Modesto Partnerships
Cecil Russell – Modesto Chamber of Commerce
David White – Stanislaus Business Alliance
Ben Balsbaugh – PMZ Real Estate
Sue Foster – Foster Farms
Chris Murphy – Modesto View

Modesto Neighborhoods Inc

Bob Irwin – Mill Creek Church
Carl Bryant – True Light Community Church
Glen Berteau – The House
Jeremy Oldenburger – Shelter Cove Community Church
Jim Applegate – Redeemer Modesto
Kyle Bethke – One Church
Lance Lowell – Neighborhood Church
Mark Kreiger – Modesto Covenant Church
Matt Whiteford – CrossPoint Community Church
Rick Countryman – Big Valley Grace Commuunity Church
Rodger Tyler – Progressive Missionary Baptist Church

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Love Our Cities