Mormon Channel Blog

How Can I Give Back?

July 2, 2015

LDS Charities is the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It supports projects that relieve suffering, foster self-reliance, and provide opportunities for service worldwide. But you don’t have to be involved with LDS Charities to give back. There are opportunities to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked, or visit the sick and those in prison anywhere you live.

If you don’t know where to begin, look around your community. What needs or challenges do you see or hear about? Newspapers and schools may offer information about needs that can be filled. Ask friends about the service projects in which they are involved. In most metropolitan areas of the United States, you can go to www.211.org for ideas on how you can serve in your own community. If you identify a need but cannot find an established program that addresses this need, take the initiative to find a solution.

As you’re looking for organizations that provide service opportunities, you might want to focus on some principles that LDS Charities uses when it chooses its partners:

  • Beneficiaries are allowed to solve their own problems through participation and work.
  • Leadership in the organization is honest and competent.
  • Programs promote self-reliance.

One of the most important and meaningful parts of serving is the relationships that are built. Local service especially provides an opportunity to build deep, lasting relationships over time. So don’t wait. Get involved in a local project today!

For more ideas about how you can get involved, visit How Can I Help?

Check out how you can participate in LDS Charities humanitarian projects too.