We Rise by Lifting Others – Service Projects
Highland is filled with an amazing spirit of giving and serving others, thus the theme “We Rise by Lifting Others” was chosen for our 2018 city celebration. The Highland Fling has teamed up with local and global organizations to provide excellent opportunities to serve. Four main projects will be going on prior and throughout Fling week: Collection Drives, Yard Work for Highland Residents in need, Hygiene Kits for girls in 3rd world countries (Days for Girls), & helping those in 3rd world countries to become self- reliant (Elevita). See details below of each project and please join us to lift others!
Thanks to the LDS Highland Stake who is coordinating efforts for our collection drives! Collections will benefit Tabitha’s Way, which provides food and supplies to an average of 5,000 individuals monthly. In addition to food, we will be collecting items for Baby Kits, School Kits and Hygiene Kits. Did you know that 1 in 5 children in Utah County are food insecure? Did you know that over 78,000 people in Utah County are at or below the federal poverty line? You can help!!! See below for what/when/where you can donate.
Canned Meats (ie., tuna, chicken, salmon)
Canned and boxed meals (ie., soup, chili, stew, macaroni & cheese)
Peanut butter and other nut butters
Canned or dried beans (ie., black, pinto, lentils)
Cereal (ie., boxed, oatmeal, cream of wheat)
100% fruit or vegetable juice (canned, plastic, or boxed)
Canned fruits and vegetables
Baby Essentials (ie., formula, food, snacks)
What We Can’t Use:
Rusty or unlabeled cans
Perishable items (applies only to food drive)
Non-commercial canned or packaged items
Alcoholic beverages or mixes
Open or used items
Items for Hygiene/Baby/School Kits – New Products Only Please
Combs or hairbrushes
Hand or body lotion
Hair spray or gel
Gallon size ziplock bags
Diaper rash ointment
Baby towel or small towel
Folders Single subject notebooks
Loose leaf paper
Pencil boxes or pencil bags
Collections will be accepted in the marked bins from July 14th - August 4th
Burt Brothers Tire & Auto Ridley’s Family Market Highland City Hall
10918 N Town Center Blvd 5353 W 11000 N 5400 W Civic Center Dr
Highland, UT 84003 Highland, UT 84003 Highland, UT 84003
Highland City Community Center Wal-Mart
5378 W 10400 N 4689 W Cedar Hills Dr.
Highland, UT 84003 Cedar Hills, UT 84003
Collections bins will also be at all Highland Fling Events
Kit Assembly: Join us at Heritage Park on Saturday, August 4th to help assemble the Hygiene/Baby/School Kits from 2:30pm-5:30pm in the Pavillion.
Days for Girls
Mary Jean Ridges runs the Highland group of Day for Girls, an organization committed to giving girls around the world greater dignity, health and opportunity through menstrual health solutions and education.
Pads are a small thing that make a big difference.
Without a solution to manage her monthly cycle:
1 in 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa...
113 million adolescent girls in India...
30% of girls in rural Brazil...
will miss school this year.
Around the world, girls and women resort to using rags, mattress stuffing, banana leaves, feathers, and even cow dung to manage their menstruation.
Days for Girls provides a safe, beautiful, washable, and long-lasting alternative —
along with vital health education.
Drop-out rates in a Uganda school went from 25% to 4% after one year of access to DfG Kits. School retention rates for girls in Kenya reached 96% after receiving DfG Kits, up from a 75% average.
Mary Jean opens her home each week on Tuesdays from 10-12 to volunteers interested in helping with this great cause. During the Highland Fling, she will open her home for a special evening. Sewing machines and sergers are provided for those eager to help in making the Days for Girls kit components, and several non-sewing tasks are also available. This evening session will also include training for those interested in holding their own Days for Girls service events.
Financial donations are always accepted and greatly appreciated. We also accept flannel fabric that is dark colored stain hiding, preferably geometric shapes or flowers, as well as quilters cotton in a variety of colors, also preferably geometric shapes and bright happy prints.
Date: Tuesday, July 31st
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Place: 10503 N 5600 W Highland, UT 8003
Elevita is improving lives by helping families in developing countries! The all-volunteer organization, founded by Highland residents Keyne and Kirsten Monson, strives to alleviate poverty by helping underprivileged artisans find a market for their products.
Current artisans are from Cambodia, India, Peru, Philippines, Tanzania, and Uganda and help is focused for:
- Artisans who have limited access to markets
- Artisan groups that work toward educating women and girls
- Artisans in distressed areas
- Handicapped or otherwise marginalized artisans
Artisan products can be purchased at: Elevita.com With the purchase of each product is a card that tells about the artisan you have helped to become self-reliant.
Products from the numerous artisans are shipped to the Monson home for further distribution. Volunteers are needed for unpacking/repacking and distribution. Join us at the Monson home to further make a global impact on self-reliance.
Place: 12513 Timberline Dr. Highland, UT 84003
Yard Work for Highland Residents in Need
Thanks to the LDS Highland South Stake who is coordinating efforts for those in need right here in Highland!
Please arrive ready to work, bring your garden tools and work gloves. Upon arrival, you will be put into groups and dispatched to a home for service. The home project manager will direct the work needed.
Date: Thursday, Aug 2nd
Time: arrive between 6:15 pm and 7:00pm to be dispatched
Place: 9600 North and 6800 West, Highland