South Herriman Stake–Day of Service

By Brian Guyer

Director of Donor and Community Engagement

Recently the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders asked members around the world to perform a “Day of Service” to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Church’s welfare program.  In response, the South Herriman Stake worked with United Way of Salt Lake and the Jordan River Commission to put one thousand volunteers to work along the Jordan River corridor – from the Legacy Nature Preserve in Davis County to Bluffdale.

The volunteer effort focused on removing weeds, trash pick-up, native seed spreading, painting, wrapping trees, and removing invasive Russian Olives and Tamarisk trees.  Projects like this are critical for Salt Lake County and the Jordan River Commission because noxious weeds, like Puncturevine, make trails and walkways hazardous for pets and bicyclists.  United Way is not typically in the business of noxious weed removal but we are in the business of partnering with community organizations and volunteer groups  to make our community a better place to live.

The volunteers put in a hard day’s work and left feeling great about this worthwhile project.  If you haven’t been down to the Jordan River Parkway recently, I encourage you to hop on your bike and take a ride to enjoy the fruits of the Herriman South Stake’s labor.

If you are interested in a group or individual volunteer project please don’t hesitate to call 2-1-1 or contact Sarah Trescott at sarah@uw.org.


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