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We Rise by Lifting Others - Service Projects

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! 

Collection Drives

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. 

Collection items:


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)

Cooking oil

Baking mixes

Shelf-stable milk

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)

Homemade items

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



Body soap


Wash cloths

Hand towels

Hand or body lotion


Disposable razors

Hair spray or gel

Gallon size ziplock bags

Disposable diapers

Baby wipes

Diaper rash ointment

Baby soap

Baby shampoo

Wash cloth

Baby towel or small towel

Baby lotion

Burp cloth

Receiving blanket

Baby socks

Folders Single subject notebooks

Loose leaf paper





Colored pencils




Pencil sharpeners


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.

Contact: Don Nicol, or 801-836-6087

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

Contact:  Mary Jean Ridges,  or  801-367-5710


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:   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. 

Date: Tuesday, July 31st

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Place:  12513 Timberline Dr.  Highland, UT 84003

Contact: Kirsten Monson,   OR 847-987-1594

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

Contact: Julie Tapusoa,   OR 801-772-4507