The greater Tucson area has been added to a list of cities involved in a worldwide movement to match individuals, families, and faith-based, nonprofit, community and government organizations with service activities. The vehicle is a free service coordination website called JustServe.org.
Mother Teresa, one of the greatest of all servant leaders, said, “Do not worry about why problems exist in the world— just respond to people’s needs … We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop.”
In any community, there are always opportunities to serve. A challenge arises when those who would like to help do not know about the projects around them; another when those who need willing workers do not know where to find them. JustServe could be the answer.
JustServe is an initiative designed to match service opportunities with volunteers. It is provided free of charge by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The sole objective of the Church in offering this coordinating website is to help people combine their efforts to meet the needs of the people in their areas. JustServe is provided free of charge by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The sole objective of the Church in offering this coordinating website is to help people combine their efforts to meet the needs of the people in their areas.The website, JustServe.org, and is available to all people in the regions in which it has gone live.
Please note that JustServe is not a “Mormon” site. It is not for teaching, sharing news, or missionary work, though many Mormon missionaries will be found among the volunteers. They spend several hours every week serving others, and this is a great place to find out what is needed in the community.
Projects and ongoing services can be submitted to the website by following simple instructions. First, you register (upper left corner of the home page) and indicate what types of service you would like to do. Volunteers may register individually or as groups. You can also sign up to receive notices when new projects are added.
You can also see what services are needed in your area by typing in a city or zip code. And if you have an opportunity you would like to add to the list, you can submit that (lower left corner of the home page).
Ad hoc committees in each location will vet the proposals and decide which are appropriate offerings for this network. Criteria for approval include assistance to the poor and those in need of a helping hand, and opportunities that can enhance the quality of life in the community. JustServe projects should not directly involve volunteers in fundraising, have a political focus, or be profit oriented.
Some areas in which projects might be found include:
• Food Pantries
• Church Organizations
• Community Gardens
• City Clean-up
• Special Olympics
• Annual Events
• Parks & Recreation
• Blood Drives
JustServe.org is currently active in parts several Western and Southwestern states. People who have participated have noted benefits to:
• the community, as people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to work side-by-side, get to know one another, and find common interests.
• the family, as parents and children work together to achieve goals. Service helps young people build skills for family, career and community roles and encourages them to develop the positive character traits.
• church groups, as adult and youth members build unity through their belief in service to God and Man.
• individuals, as they experience fulfillment is serving their fellow beings and thereby find greater purpose and joy in life.
Strengthening communities begins with helping the needy. It continues with citizens working together to make the environment better for everyone. As Fred Rogers said, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”
Learn more at JustServe.org/aboutus.