The Mormon Helping Hands program brings together members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their neighbours to provide community service. These volunteers in their trademark yellow shirts help people whose lives have been affected by natural disasters and other emergencies. Mormon Helping Hands volunteers also partner with government and nonprofit organizations to support and improve the communities where they live.
The Helping Hands program reflects the desire of Mormons to follow the example of Jesus Christ by serving others. The effort receives resources from Church humanitarian services, and the projects are coordinated by local Church leaders.
The Mormon Helping Hands program was established in 1998, and since then hundreds of thousands of volunteers have donated millions of hours of service to their communities. The program started in South America but has since spread to nearly every corner of the world.
Volunteer Charles Adebayo of Nigeria summed up the feelings of many who participate in the Mormon Helping Hands program: “We find real happiness when we think outside of ourselves. That is true joy,” he said.
Some of the previous news releases that cover Mormon Helping Hands projects are listed below:
Day of Service in South Florida (4/13/2011)
“Mormon Helping Hands” Program — A Decade of Service (10/27/2008)
What Moves Mormons During Emergencies (8/11/2008)
New Zealanders Spruce Up Neighborhoods (3/12/2008)
Brazilian Senate Honors Church and Its Members (11/30/2007)
Joining Hands as Neighbors and Now Friends (9/13/2005)