Join us for the second annual Women's Community Service Expo to be held February 2, 2013, at the North Carolina Raleigh Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5060 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. Come and match your skills and abilities with the needs of worthwhile organizations that serve your community. You are welcome to bring your daughters, age 16 or older.
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Visit Community Service Organization Exhibits 9:30 a.m. to Noon — Hands-on Service Projects Noon to 1 p.m. — Lunch
See What We Did In 2012!
Heartfelt thanks to the many participants who joined us for our February 2012 Expo. It was a great success and we served many organizations. Browse our site to learn about last year's expo. Go to Opportunities to learn more about organizations who still need your help.
Too often we notice the needs around us, hoping that someone from far away will magically appear to meet those needs. … When we do this, we deprive our neighbor of the service we could render, and we deprive ourselves of the opportunity to serve."
Individuals, families, wards, and stakes can help organizations or individuals in their community. You should approach service in your community without any thought of any particular benefit except to make your community better. If you don’t know where to begin, investigate opportunities that will allow you to identify a need that exists. Then tailor your service to meet that need.
Look around your community. What needs or challenges do you see or hear about? Newspapers and schools may also offer information about needs that can be filled. Ask friends in other churches about the service projects in which they are involved. In most metropolitan areas of the United States, you can dial 211 for ideas on how you can serve in your own community. If you identify a need in your community but cannot find an established program that addresses this need, take the initiative to find a solution.
Volunteer on a regular basis, if possible. Serving consistently, rather than only during holidays when many others serve, is beneficial. It also allows you to develop personal relationships with those you serve. If serving regularly is not possible, be willing to contribute whatever you can. Even a little bit will help. Don’t try to make your involvement in community service a missionary opportunity. Your service alone will say much about you and your faith.