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July 2, 2013 > 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 27, 2013. In Union City, 70 eastern redbud trees were planted and staked along Dyer Street to mark Arbor Day. Volunteers installed drip line emitters to each tree, 150 non-evasive Boston ivy vines along the wall and spread 108 cubic yards of mulch to help the trees thrive. Project Coordinator Gary Furniss stated that congregation members mentioned beautiful it looked and how proud they were to have been a part of such a wonderful city project. The project was assisted by Union City Public Works employees.

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 been initiated in many countries since then.

Mormon Helping Hands operates under the direction of local stake and district presidents and bishops as a community service that is not proselytizing. This service has responded to disasters such as hurricanes and gives aid to improve conditions community conditions for everyone.

Union City LDS project coordinators are Sherie Tillman and Gary Furniss

Union City's The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, is located on Alvarado-Niles Road, next to City Hall. The congregation consists of two wards: a primary ward serving all members of the community and a secondary Tongan ward. The primary ward is led by Bishop Lee with services on Sundays at 12:30 p.m.; the Tongan ward is led by Bishop Tapueluelu and meets on Sundays at 9 a.m.

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