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Day of Caring: Taking Love to the Streets

Day of Caring: Taking Love to the Streets

On April 15 over 600 people will hit the streets of Vancouver armed with shovels, paintbrushes, and theater costumes. This is not a new reality show or live entertainment, but a community event of love in action.

What started in 2002 as a senior project by Amy Jeffries at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA) is now an entire student body project—585 students in grades 6-12. This year, these students along with 40 adult volunteers, will go out into their neighborhoods to engage in various service projects around the Vancouver area. These simple acts of compassionate service affect our community in extremely positive ways; the shared smiles and helpful actions benefit both givers and receivers. These volunteers appear to be living out the famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

To read more, pick up a copy of the April 2015 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy here.

Watch a short documentary about Day of Caring, produced by Vancouver School of Arts and Academics video production students:

Vivian Mattila Walikainen is blessed with a husband of 25 years, six children and three grandchildren who keep her learning, growing, and slightly off-balance. She lives in Battle Ground and recently earned a bachelor's degree in human development from Warner Pacific College.

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