Mormon Helping Hands: 10,000 LDS members set service projects in S. Idaho Sept. 11
A group of volunteers that will be participating in the Helping Hands project stand outside the Chubbuck LDS Stake Center.

    POCATELLO — On Sept. 11, more than 10,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will take part in Mormon Helping Hands service projects across Southern Idaho. More than 800 people alone will take part in the Pocatello area.

    Local LDS leaders, in partnership with county, city, school district and other community leaders will beautify and improve streets, parks, schools and other areas in their communities.

    Church members, along with community volunteers, will clean up, paint, pull weeds, repair and beautify public areas in more than 20 Idaho counties. In most of the cases, the projects were suggested by city, county, school districts and other community leaders. Church youths and adults will take part.

    In Pocatello, the LDS Stakes taking part will be Chubbuck, Tyhee, North, Highland and Alameda. These stakes will work at Mountain View Cemetery clearing overgrown grass from headstones and hauling it away, the Portneuf Greenway trail system, where they will clear weeds from the trails and install bark, Edson Fichter Park, cleaning up weeds, painting and staining benches, bridges, signs, watering young trees and putting bark around the trees, preparing an amphitheater with stones, remove rock and replace a plastic barrier in the pond area.

    Also, the volunteers will clear garbage and place bark in tree areas in downtown Pocatello, plus get rid of overgrown weeds along Red Hill trail at Idaho State University.

    Idaho Fish and Game will provide wheelbarrows, shovels, brooms, weed whackers, lawnmowers, garbage bags, bark, stain and brushes, and the city of Pocatello will provide heavy gloves and Dumpsters.

    The agenda for the Sept. 11 Helping Hands is to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the covered pavilion at Ross Park; space has been leased for 200 vehicles. At 8:45 a.m., the   North Stake of the LDS Church will present the devotional, and at 9 a.m. vests will be dispersed to the volunteers. This is the time to enjoy doughnuts, milk and juice, provided by the Highland Stake.

    At 9:15 a.m., everyone will head out to their designated areas, where the work stations are located, and all should return to the pavilion by 12:30 p.m. for pizza and  beverages.