This March, the Salt Lake Chamber is recognizing the important contributions immigrants make every day in Utah at the American Dream Award Program.

This program helps remind us about the positive impact of immigrants and how they have helped shape Utah’s history since the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley as refugees in 1847. That shared cultural memory informs our values and beliefs today.

This award honors that legacy by recognizing new pioneers who contribute to our state.

LDS Humanitarian Services is one of this year’s honorees.

About LDS Humanitarian Services

The purpose of LDS Humanitarian Services, also known as LDS Charities, is to relieve suffering, foster self-reliance and provide opportunities for service on behalf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

LDS Humanitarian Services provides resources and local volunteer support for people in need, both at home and abroad. More than one million workdays of labor are contributed each year by volunteers in support of welfare initiatives, which include Emergency Response, Clean Water, Immunization, Food Security, Maternal and Newborn Care, Community Projects, Vision Care, Wheelchairs and Refugee Response.

With the support of other community agencies, specific services to refugees who immigrate to America include free legal documentation clinics, initial furnishings for apartments, personal mentors, English language classes, and job training offered through Deseret Industries and the LDS Humanitarian Center.

In 2017, LDS Humanitarian Services worked in 139 countries on 2,697 projects to serve those in need. Assistance is given without regard to race, religious affiliation, or nationality. LDS Humanitarian Services operates both independently and in cooperation with other charitable organizations and governments.

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