Local Humanitarian Service
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors humanitarian relief and development projects around the world that benefit those of all faiths. These projects include emergency relief assistance in times of disaster and programs that strengthen the self-reliance of individuals, families and communities.
Hundreds of full-time volunteers with skills and experience in education, agriculture, social work, business and medicine serve throughout the world as part of these humanitarian projects. These relief efforts include responses to the recent tsunamis, the earthquake in Haiti, the hurricanes in Louisiana and Texas and the famines in Ethiopia.
While projects are carried out all over the world, local Church units in the Fort Collins and Loveland area are also engaged in humanitarian efforts for the benefit of our communities. These efforts have included Colorado Cares Day, community blood drives, donations to the Larimer County Food Bank and the local hospice, and clean-up efforts related to the 2008 Windsor tornado.
In August 2011, more than 500 Church members from Loveland helped paint the Loveland Habitat for Humanity building and the Berthoud Library, worked at Loveland's Community Kitchen and cleaned trails near Sylvan Dale Ranch as part of Colorado Cares Day.
In February 2011, Latter-day Saint women from Fort Collins gathered to sew ear and neck pillows for the local hospice, collected newborn items to be donated in the community, and along with other Church members, donated approximately 90 pints of blood to the Poudre Valley Hospital.
In 2009, Church members in Fort Collins donated over 8,000 cans of food and other non-perishable items to the Larimer County Food Bank. In addition, local Latter-day Saints serve at the Aurora, Colorado cannery which helps stock food banks across Northern Colorado.
When a tornado hit Windsor, Colorado in 2008, more than 1,500 Church members from Fort Collins, Loveland and surrounding communities helped with clean-up and debris removal.
These types of projects are carried out by Church members in Colorado area each year. While communities benefit with each project, we all benefit from the efforts we make to join together with our neighbors in humanitarian service.