The Mormon Helping Hands program brings together members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their neighbors 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:
New Zealand Government Education Website Highlights 'Mormon Helping Hands'
Mormon Helping Hands Make a Difference Across New Zealand
'Mormon Helping Hands' Volunteers Support Wellington Night Shelter
Volunteers Plant Trees and Grow Community Spirit in Wellington
Hamilton Volunteers Give Marae a Lift
New Zealander Writes New Song about 'Mormon Helping Hands'
A Closer Look Into One of this Year's 'Mormon Helping Hands' Projects (Auckland)
Mormon Helping Hands at Work Again in Christchurch
Mormon Helping Hands Pitch in to Aid Neighbors in Tornado-Ravaged Southern U.S.
Thousands of Mormon Volunteers Lend a Hand in California and Hawaii
Day of Service in South Florida
Mormons Step Out Across Multiple States to Clean Up Their Communities
“Mormon Helping Hands” Program — A Decade of Service
Mormon "Helping Hands" Clean Up After Hurricane Ike
What Moves Mormons During Emergencies
Mormons Aid Flood Victims in Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin
New Zealanders Spruce Up Neighborhoods
Brazilian Senate Honors Church and Its Members
One Hundred Thousand Africans Find Joy in Continent-Wide "Mormon Helping Hands" Project
Countrywide Mormon Helping Hands Project Benefits Schools in Brazil
Florida Youth Service Project Example of Mormon Core Values
Mormons Work With Communities to Prepare for Hurricanes
60,000 Mormon Volunteers Help 300 Brazilian Hospitals
Latter-day Saints to Mobilize Another 4,000 Volunteers in Chainsaw Brigade's Second Wave
Joining Hands as Neighbors and Now Friends