SALT LAKE CITY – 27 April 2009 – From coast to coast, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined hands with friends and neighbors to clean up and serve their communities in a far-reaching day of service.  Hundreds of thousands of volunteers stocked shelves, constructed houses and helped families in transition get their feet back on the ground.

Helping others is valuable to the person being served but may be of even more importance to the person serving because it causes him or her to forget their own problems for just a few minutes and experience the joy of service,” said Elder Walter F. González, who oversaw volunteer efforts by the Church in the southeast area of the United States.

The following represents a sampling of media coverage from local efforts:

Alabama

Gadsden Times: Building Together

California

Orange County Register : 40,000 in California Participate in Mormon Service Project Day

The Desert Sun: 500 Southern California Sites Get Helping Hand

The Signal: Church Works to Meet Community Needs

Florida

Florida Today: Faith Groups Join in Service

First Coast News: Volunteers Help Residents Prepare for Disasters

Kentucky

The Courier-Journal: Mormon Volunteers Help With Day of Service

North Carolina

ENC Today : Cleaning Up

Pennsylvania

The Daily Item: 300 Mormons Embark on Large-Scale City Cleanup

The Daily Review: Towanda Volunteers Part of Sunbury Cleanup

Washington

Beaufort Observer: Area Day of Service for The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This article was prepared by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Newsroom at lds.org.