News Release

Mormon Helping Hands Serving Brazil at 2014 World Cup

At the request of Brazil's Ministry of Sports, around 1,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil are volunteering their time to help Brazil host the 2014 World Cup.
Mormons and their friends—those 18 years old and older—are taking part in Brazil Volunteer, the volunteer force behind this year's World Cup and other events such as the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. They’re trained to receive visitors at airports and work at tourist sites and other popular locations during the World Cup, which lasts from June 12 through July 13.

For nearly two decades, the Church has been known throughout Brazil for its many Mormon Helping Hands (MHH) projects—community service projects that often involve hundreds and even thousands of Latter-day Saint volunteers.
In 2013, Sarah Menezes, then national coordinator for Brazil Volunteer, worked with MHH volunteers during the Confederations Cup and was impressed by their service. “[Mormon] Helping Hands volunteers are the most organized and dedicated,” she said. “We need you at the Cup." 
As a result, representatives of Brazil's Ministry of Sports approached the Church about providing volunteers for the 2014 World Cup. 
Over the years, Mormon Helping Hands volunteers in Brazil have cleaned city parks, refurbished public schools, assembled and donated materials for newborn baby kits and provided other service in their various communities. In 2013, Mormon Helping Hands volunteers came to the rescue, helping their friends and neighbors clean up their homes and remove debris following the heavy rains in southeast Sao Paulo. They also donated blood on a nationwide “Helping Hands” day, partnering with blood collection agencies throughout Brazil.
The Mormon Helping Hands program of the Church, carried out in many parts of the world, reflects the desire of Latter-day Saints to follow the example of Jesus Christ by serving others. 

Young single adults in Accra, Ghana, recently volunteered their time and energy to clean the radiology department at Ridge Hospital in North Ridge. Others trimmed and removed overgrown bushes and grass on the hospital grounds.

Hospital orderly, Patience Kumah, oversaw the project and was delighted to wear one of the Mormon Helping Hands vests provided by the Church as she worked side-by-side with the young adults.

When asked about the service rendered that morning, the group’s leader, Obedient Ankrah, explained that he and his friends enjoy reaching out to others in support of the community where they live. 

“It makes us feel so good,” Ankrah said. “We hope to find ongoing opportunities to lend a helping hand.”

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