Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. How can my group volunteer with LDS Charities, Mormon Helping Hands, or Humanitarian Services?

Mormon Helping Hands projects are organized through area coordinating councils. To submit an idea for a Mormon Helping Hands project, contact your stake public affairs representative.

As for LDS Charities and Humanitarian Services, groups don’t regularly volunteer with us. We believe that sustainability and self-reliance are more likely to be achieved if service is done locally. We encourage all to participate in strengthening their communities by filling needs close to home. If you’re looking for ideas to get started, try 211.org or read about serving in your community.

We occasionally need volunteers with health care experience and other specific skill sets. To see if your skills match our needs, look over our volunteer requirements.

2. How can my nonprofit organization partner with LDS Charities?

Our partners include organizations of all sizes, from global NGOs and government ministries to local nonprofits. They know the unique needs of the communities they serve and can develop local solutions. Additionally, our partners’ missions and values align with ours, and they have a proven history of successfully completing projects.

If your organization fits our partner criteria, send an email to lds-charities@ldschurch.org and include the physical address of your organization along with a summary of your organization’s goals and objectives. Explain the project you’d like to partner on and how LDS Charities can help. This information will be forwarded to an area representative to review. If the project is a good fit, the representative will contact you.

3. Where can I find material to prepare information on or teach about the Church’s humanitarian work through LDS Charities and the welfare organization?

Feel free to use any of the resources found on the LDS Charities website, including the video library and the annual report. See the Humanitarian and Welfare sections of the LDS Media Library as well.

4. I am personally in need of assistance. How can I get help?

LDS Charities’ projects usually address large-scale needs in a community. If you are in the United States, you may be able to find a local community resource by calling 211.

For individual member assistance, contact your local bishop. If you aren’t sure who your bishop is, go to maps.lds.org. Type in your address to see your local congregation. From there, you can find contact information.

5. I have a question about the Church’s welfare program and self-reliance efforts, such as food storage, bishops’ storehouses, employment, or Deseret Industries.

The following sites may help you find what you are looking for:

The Bishops’ Storehouse

Deseret Industries

Food Storage

LDS Employment Resource Services

Provident Living

Self-Reliance Services

6. How can I make a donation to help with relief?

You may donate to the Humanitarian Aid fund through:

7. I want to donate to __________ disaster. How do I donate specifically to this fund?

The Church does not set aside donations for specific disasters. The funds you donate will be used in humanitarian efforts worldwide.

8. I want to travel to __________ to help with emergency response. Whom should I contact?

All response and relief aid is coordinated locally by community organizations and local priesthood leaders. Traveling to regions devastated by disaster is discouraged because it often consumes limited resources that should be used by the local populations.