Our Story


To Love Modesto.

We love Modesto so that our city will thrive!

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

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 church 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.

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 every year since then and have helped more than 90 other cities do the same. Over 215,000 people from all different ages and backgrounds have been involved. Over 965,000 volunteer hours have been donated – this is over $25 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 appreciating public servants, 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 thrive.  Our efforts evolved from beyond a day to championing ongoing volunteerism, collaboration among leaders and initiating Love Our NeighborsLove 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, The Bible



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

AAI Pest Control
Access Dental
Aegis Treament Centers
Aflac - Robert Poncini Agency
Altamont Corridor Express (ACE)
American Chevrolet
Apostolic Jubilee Center
Atherton & Associates
ATP Builders
Bank of Stockton
Big Island Movers
Big Valley Grace Community Church
Blue Diamond Growers
Bright Homes
Burnside Body Shop
C3 Construction Group
California Asset Management
Calvary Chapel
Car Pretty
Cencal Mechanical Heating & Air
Center for Human Services
Centenary Chuch
Chefs of New York
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
City of Modesto/Recycling
Commercial Architecture, Inc.
Cornerstone Family Medical Group
Covenant Grove Church
Crosspoint Community Church
Crystal Creamery
Dale Commons
Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva
Davida Dialysis
Doctors Medical Center
Don's Mobile Glass
DoubleTree by Hilton Modesto
Downey Park Counseling Associates
Downtown Modesto Partnerships
English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Farmers Insurance David Wright Agency
Foster Farms

Franklin & Downs Funeral Home
Fern Gully Graphics (Forward Web)
Fiscalini Cheese Company
Flowers Baking Co of Modesto
G3 Enterprises
Garton Tractor, Inc
Gary Nelson Attorney at Law
Get Fit
Gianelli | Nielsen
Gingerich Insurance Solutions
Greens Market
Grimbleby Coleman CPA's
Grover Financial Services
Hope Haven West
Insect IQ
International Paper
Islamic Center of Modesto
Kaiser Permanente
KCBC Radio
Kiwanas of North Modesto
M & M Automotive
Mid-Valley Promotions
Mill Creek Construction
Mocse Credit Union
Modesto Convention & Visitors Bureau
Modesto Covenant Church
Modesto First Federal Credit Union
Modesto Metro Rotary
Modesto Overhead Door 
Modesto Subaru
Modesto View
Multi Business Systems
Nexus Engineering
North Modesto Church of God
Oak Valley Community Bank
Ogden Law Firm
One Church
Ortho Med Orthopedic Group
Parker Racor
Pastenieks Bucheli & Falasco, LLP
Petrulakis Law & Advocacy, APC
Pinnacle Forum Modesto

PMZ Real Estate
Pratt Architecture
Principle Financial
Provost & Prichard Consulting Group
Quality Communications
Redeemer Modesto
Renew Church
Revival Center 
RJ Flooring
Ross  W. Lee, Inc. 
Royal Robbins
Rumble Tree Inc.
Ryslinge Realty
Sami Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
Satellite Healthcare
Self Help Credit Union
Shelter Cove Community Church
Shelton & Davis, Inc. Construction & Restoration
Sign Depot
Smile Shine Dental
SOLECON Industrial Contractors
Soul Harvest Worship Center
Stanislaus County Department of Parks & Recreation
Stanislaus County StanWORKs Division
Stanislaus Reads
Storer Coachways
Suite 2:10
Sutter Health
Swain Financial Services
The Platinum Photo Booth
The Well
Trinity United Presbyterian Church
TSM Insurance
Uplift Family Services
Valley Air Conditioning
Valley Entry Systems
Van Unen Miersma Propane
Verona Cucina Italiana
Vitio's Tuxedos
Wells Fargo
Wellspring Anglican Church
West Orthodontics
Woodland Construction

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