The Utah Democrat's newest caucus, the LDS Dems, today announced a large-scale statewide service project to be held over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
Multiple projects are to occur in Logan, Ogden, Provo, and Salt Lake City on the morning of Saturday, January 14th. The weekend will finish with a multi-denominational fireside on Sunday, January 15th. The fireside will be held in the OSH Auditorium at the University of Utah at 7:00 pm. Featured speakers are Pamela Atkinson, Dr. Ronald G. Coleman, and Chase Peterson.
Organizers stated that the theme of the weekend was taken from a quote by Dr. King himself, "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve." Senator Ben McAdams, the chair of LDS Dems, added, "Service is universal. We invite all of our non-democrat friends to participate as well as those not of the LDS faith. Together we can all make Utah a better place to live."
LDS Democrats in Ogden, UT will give their service to veterans. Those wishing to participate should arrive at the George E. Wahlen Veteran's Nursing Home on Saturday, January 14th at 9:30am. It is located at 1101 North 1200 West in Ogden (west of the Ogden Business Depot). LDS Dems volunteers will sponsor a Bingo activity with the veterans and then participate in a tour of the facility. After this, "where appropriate, interested participants will be able to meet individually with some of the veterans to get acquainted, hear war stories, read to them, and more," states Ed Allen, the coordinator of the Weber project.
A Wellsville school will benefit from the aid of LDS Democrats in Logan. The Logan, UT project will begin at 9:00 am at the Willow Valley Middle School in Wellsville (525 North 200 West). Volunteers will assist with clean up and general maintenance. The Provo service project will consist of assisting the United Way of Provo. Volunteers will work with other United Way volunteers to paint the new offices for the Easter Seals of Provo. The meeting location will be announced at a later date.
Salt Lake County LDS Dems will host both a collection of items as well as serve four different organizations. The service project is planned in conjunction with the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah. Those wishing to participate should arrive at 8:30am at the Student Union of the University of Utah. Following a light breakfast, volunteers will be sent to one of four organizations such as the YMCA, Maliheh Free Clinic, and more. Volunteers are also asked to donate canned food (to be donated to The Road Home) as well as yarn and twin sized blankets to benefit Juvenile Justice Services. Donated blankets should be twin sized, machine washable, and cannot be fleece or tied quilts.
Those wishing to participate in any of the four service projects in Logan, Ogden, Provo, and Salt Lake should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Organizers related that an RSVP is not required, but encouraged for planning purposes.