According to justserve.org, anyone can create a project, and find volunteers through the website. There are success stories and videos of how service projects have helped individuals and communities on the site.
Justserve.org was created by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsfive years ago, according to Lewis. Some cities in the U.S. use the website for their community service, including the Los Angeles Police Department.
Lewis said, on average 30-50 volunteers participate in Laie Stake service projects. “We had some small projects that had only five volunteers. The biggest project our stake has done so far is the Laie Cemetery digitizing project which had over 120 volunteers.”
BYUH President John Tanner, vice president John Bell, and two senior missionaries during the project. Photo provided by Rhonda Bell.
According to him, the BYUH and PCC presidents and vice presidents are active members who participate in the service projects.
Laie Cemetery project
Rhonda Bell, a Laie Stake family history consultant, said her stake leaders asked her if she had service project ideas. She suggested digitizing the Laie Cemetery headstones for the BillionGraves app. According to billiongraves.com, the idea was to “capture images of headstones with their GPS locations for users worldwide to access those records anywhere.”
Lewis said this project has four phases. First, volunteers download the app on their phone and take photos and locations of the Laie Cemetery graves. Second, they transcribe the photos of the headstones to make them searchable. Third, they do quality control after all the photos transcribed. Fourth, they report the result to the Laie Stake presidency.