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June 1, 2012 > Helping hands

Helping hands

Submitted By Nelson Kirk

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) provided "Helping Hands" community service throughout several communities in California on Saturday, April 28, 2012. In Union City, they planted and staked trees along Alvarado Boulevard and Fair Ranch Road to mark Arbor Day in Union City. They also installed 600 feet of drip line and spread 30 cubic yards of mulch to help the trees thrive. The project was assisted by Union City Public Works employees Bill Bontadelli and Julio Duran.

The Helping Hands program was officially established in 1998 in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile to identify service being done by members of the LDS Church. That same year, it was implemented on a large-scale in Brazil as part of a country-wide day of service organized by the church. It has since been used in many countries.

Mormon Helping Hands operates under the direction of local stake and district presidents and bishops. The activities provide community service and are not proselytizing in nature. Mormon Helping Hands both responds to disasters such as hurricanes and gives aid aimed at improving conditions in the community for all to benefit.

The LDS Church group has undertaken numerous volunteer projects in the Decoto and Alvarado Districts of Union City. Members were well-organized, productive, hard-working citizens who and have completed many great projects in Union City. A big "Thank You" to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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