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Relief Society Service Projects


The Relief Society is the organization in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where women come together to strengthen, serve, and teach each other. It’s Motto is “Charity Never Faileth” which women of the Church live by to bring relief to the weary and down trodden. The Relief Society Sisters try to not be judgmental and critical, but try to have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey through life. Women meet to hold Relief Society Service Projects where women share skills and do service for those in their community as well as victims of disasters around the world.

Most of the ideas and contacts on this webpage are in the Salt Lake City Utah area but if you live outside of Utah you can still get awesome service ideas to do in your community. If you have a good service idea in your area please write about it in the review section below or you can send an email and pictures to stacy@homemakingdivas.com

Service Project making Hygiene Kits

Service Project making Hygiene Kits

Service Project making Hygiene Kits

Relief Society groups have made Hygiene Kits in past years and donated them to the Humanitarian Center of the church.   However, the Humanitarian center no longer needs or accepts donations or kits of any kind. One of the reasons behind that change in policy is because  shipping goods internationally is not efficient, cost-effective, or timely, and sometimes the items are not culturally appropriate.  The Humanitarian Service section of LDS.org, under “What You Can Do,” suggests that those interested in doing humanitarian service look around their communities.   As an example I want to give you the link for a website telling about a service project the Spokane Stake Relief Society did in Aug 2014.   Click Here  They contacted “Our Place Community Ministries”,  which is a Christian-based nonprofit agency in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, and planned a service project to help them.

Hygiene Kit

Items to place in a Hygiene Kit

  As part of the service they involved The Spokane Stake Young Women who contributed to the project by collecting and organizing items for over 400 hygiene kits.  Most of the items were donated by contacting local dentists and pharmacies.     Items to place in Hygiene Kits could include a wash cloth, towel, a bar of soap, tooth brush and tooth paste, a comb.  Other items can be added to the kit like a bottle of water and food items.   The United Way can help you find a project in your area.  Click this link and enter your zip code  The United Way






Service Project Making Quilts

quilting service projects for relief society

Anytime you want to do quilts for a Relief Society Service Project you can contact an amazing group in Salt Lake called Sweet Charity Sisters and they will give the supplies to make the quilts.   The finished quilts the Relief Society makes will be returned to the Sweet Charity Sisters to give away.  The quilts go to Shriners hospital, Hospice and to nursing homes.  Feb 2015 their project is to sending 30 blankets to a national guard so they can take a blanket with them while they are deployed.   They also give the quilts to “The Road Home” and they have been known to pass out blankets to homeless on the street.  They will take donations, fabric, batting, and yarn and they will also furnish those supplies to your group.   Contact: Claudeen Luckart 801-969-9576

The LDS Humanitarian Services in Salt Lake still accept donations of any size of quilt.  You can not ask the Sweet Charity Sisters to donate supplies and then give the quilts to the Humanitarian Services so you need to furnish your own quilt supplies if you plan to donate them to the LDS Humanitarian Services.    The contact phone number is 801-240-5954


Service Project making Bears for the Police Officers

Police Officers give a bear

Police Officers Give A Bear Service Project

This was a fun Relief Society Service Project to participate in and can be done any time of the year.  The Police Officers in the Salt Lake area keep a stuffed bear in the trunk of their car.  When they are involved in a case where a child is involved the officer gives the bear to the child to help calm them.   The supplies were furnished by “Sweet Charity Sisters” and the “Telephone Pioneers” Group.      Contact: Claudeen Luckart 801-969-9576 You will need to provide enough tables for the sisters to cut out the fabric and set up sewing machines.  Some sisters can cut out the bear pattern from the fabric.   1 sister can attach the eyes and nose.  Some sisters can bring their sewing machines and sew the bears.  Some sisters can stuff bears and other sisters can hand sew the bears closed. If you are not in the Salt Lake area you can contact me and I can help you plan the project.  The fabric used for the bears is old chenille bedspreads died pink or blue, fur and other fabric that will look good for a bear.  One bedspread makes 13-15 bears.  Packages with eyes and noses can be purchased at the craft store.   Call your Police Dept or Homeless Shelter before starting your service to make sure they will accept the donation.  You will want to tell the sisters where the bears will be donated.  I’m sure the Police Offices in your area will appreciate your service!  

Service Project helping the YWCA

YWCA Service Projects

YWCA Service Projects

The YWCA has strengthened the safety, health and well-being of women and their families for over 100 years. They have developed an integrated range of programs in the area of family violence, including shelter and transitional housing for homeless women and children I have a soft spot in my heart for the YWCA because they helped me get a protective order against my abusive husband and taught me how to get out of an abusive marriage and to be independent.  I will be eternally grateful and always give back to their programs. Donations are essential in keeping their organization in full operation. They accept donations of cash, new or gently used clothing for women and children along with bedding, household items and other necessities. Your generosity can provide needed aid to women and children they serve and help them regain confidence and strength to move forward.  To get an idea what types of items they need click this list for the Salt Lake area.   Salt Lake City YWCA Wish list If you are located outside of Utah Click here To Find a YWCA in your area

Stuff The Bus Community Service Project

Stuff the bus community service project

Click here for the Utah Project contact Information


A great summer time Relief Society Service Project is help gather school supplies and donate them to the Stuff the Bus Community Project that is held Aug-Sept. Contact the United Way to see when they will be stuffing the back packs. You could also plan to take the sisters to the community project to stuff the back packs. The above link is the Utah United Way contact information for 2014 so look for the current contact information when you click into the page. If you are not located in Utah do a Google search with the words “Stuff the bus” to see if your community has a program or call your local united way. If you find a project in your area you can add that information in the review comments at the bottom of this page.

Supplies needed include: pencils, markers, glue sticks, pens, crayons highlighters, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, erasers

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Extraordinary Relief Society

Have an Extraordinary Relief Society by holding a Super Service Soiree
This activity is a fun Relief Society Birthday Party or Activity

extraordinary relief society

Do Something Extraordinary in Relief Society

At the first meeting of the Relief Society, President Emma Smith stated, with no small amount of vision: “We are going to do something extraordinary.”  What has transpired through the past years has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Start the evening with refreshments of Cupcakes and an Ice Cream bar. When everyone is seated you can watch the YouTube video CLICK HERE
You will need to work with the Relief Society Presidency to get permission to show the video and to ask for help with the equipment to show the video.

If you want to download the video to your computer so you won’t need an internet connection you can find instructions on this weblink

Pass out the service cards and pencils. Explain to the sisters they should think of a service they can give to another sister. Write that service on the card on the left side. Tell them to tear the paper on the perforated line and place the left side of the service card in the basket. The right hand side of the card is for them to keep so they can write the name of the person they will be doing the service for.

When everyone has finished the refreshments ask them to put their chairs in a large circle.
Extraordinary Relief Society Service Game

Extraordinary Relief Society Service

Explain to the sisters they can either draw a service card out of the basket or they can take a service card from someone who has already pulled a card. Have them read the card as they pull it from the basket. Ask the sister who filled out the service card to raise her hand so the person who is receiving the service will know who is giving the serving. Start the basket going around the circle with the Relief Society Presidency so the other sisters will have a few cards to pick from in the beginning of the game. When all the cards have been pulled from the basket have the sisters mingle so they can fill out the right side of the card and get the information from the sister they will be providing service for.

After the Service Game the sisters can break into groups and pick the type of service they want to do.

Extraordinary Relief Society Service


When we had this Extraordinary Relief Society Service Soiree the service projects we held were:
Letters to Missionaries, We made kits for the Primary Children’s Hospital and We made quilts. For service project ideas click on the link below.

Relief Society Service Projects

Relief Society Service Projects

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Relief Society Super Saturday Activities

All of the activities listed are great to do for a Relief Society Super Saturday or a Midweek Activity. Some of the activities offer an inexpensive kit that can be purchased saving the Relief Society leaders time and save participants money.

DYI smart gloves with a kit

Smart Gloves Click Here

Smart Gloves

When our fingers meet the touchscreen on our phones/tablets, it completes the circuit necessary for the screen to react and function as we intend it to.  When we are wearing gloves the electric current does not get passed through the glove to the touchscreen. Superior Conductive Thread is an innovative thread that carries electricity and completes electrical circuits. It bridges the gap between glove and skin and allows electric current to flow through its fibers.   Smart Gloves can be purchased at the store for $15-40 but participants that sign up for this class can purchase a kit that has Conductive Thread and a sewing needle for only $3.00.  Participants bring their favorite pair of gloves to class.  The Instructor should be able to demonstrate how to hand sew the thread in the finger tips of the gloves.   Click here to read and print instructions for the class


Etched Dish Soap Dispenser

Etched Dish Soap Dispenser Relief Society Activity

Etched Dish Soap Dispenser

Etching on glass is easy and fun. Years ago stencils were made with contact paper and a xacto knife but now the Cricut machine makes it very easy. The Lesson plan teaches how to cut the stencil with the Cricut machine but if you don’t have a machine you can purchase the stencils and kits for this class.

Click here for details about the Dish Soap Dispenser

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Planning Additional Relief Society Meetings

Helpful tips on how to plan additional Relief Society Meeting that are not held on Sunday

In the Relief Society section of the “Handbook 2: Administering the Church” it says – a sister may be called to help the Relief Society presidency coordinate the planning of Relief Society meetings that are not held on Sunday. These meetings may include service, classes, projects, conferences, and workshops. A committee can be formed to give specific areas of responsibility. This webpage is to help the Meeting Coordinator and the committee plan these types of meetings. When planning these meetings you should keep in mind the guidelines from the Relief Society handbook, which are to help sisters learn and accomplish the charitable and practical responsibilities of the Relief Society. They learn and practice skills that will help them increase their faith and personal righteousness, strengthen their families and make their homes centers of spiritual strength, and help those in need. They learn and apply principles of provident living and spiritual and temporal self-reliance. They also increase in sisterhood and unity as they teach one another and serve together. All Relief Society sisters, including those who serve in Young Women and Primary and those who do not actively participate in the Church, are invited to attend. Sisters may also invite their friends of other faiths.  Sisters should not be made to feel that attendance at these meetings is mandatory. daughters-in-my-kingdom-150x105-06500_000_Thumbnail A resource to help plan meetings is the book “Daughters in my Kingdom” that can be found on LDS.org.  This book is about the history and work of Relief Society.  Click here to download the book   This next weblink on lds.org will help you use the book “Daughters in My Kingdom” as a resource for planning additional Relief Society meetings.  Click here Consider the needs of the sisters Plan at least 4 larger activities/meetings a year for the entire group of women.  An activity that will let them spend time socializing and also fulfill the Relief Society goals.   The other meetings can be classes or activities that are smaller in size to help meet the sister’s needs.  A survey can be passed out for the sisters to fill out so you can learn about their interests and also find people who have talents in those areas. Relief-Society-Survey

CLICK HERE for the printable Relief Society Interest Survey

Meeting Planning

Plan a year of activities 4-5 months before the year begins.  The goal is to complete enough planning you will have an idea of budget needed.  Find out the date the budget needs to be turned in and then start planning 4-5 months before that date. In this example below the budget needs to be turned at the first of the year, January.

  • Aug – Plan the first large activity for the next year.   Price the activity and figure out the date you want to hold the activity.  This activity for many wards/branches is the Relief Society Birthday party in March.
  • Sept – Plan the second large activity for the next year.   Price the activity and figure out the date you want to hold the activity.
  • October – Plan the third activity for the next year.   Price the activity and figure out the date you want to hold the activity.
  • Nov-Dec – Plan the Fourth activity for the next year.   Price the activity and figure out the date you want to hold the activity.

Figure out what other classes or smaller group activities will be held during the year.  How much will each class/activity cost?   Many wards plan their budget to cover advertising, teaching materials and the cost of the handouts.  If the participants make something to take home they pay for the project materials.
You may need to plan on some of the following expenses:

  • Handouts given to participants:  If the handouts for the classes will be photo copied at the church you need to find out which budget pays for those copies and if the library needs to have that amount for their budget.  If the handouts are made at a local store you will need to plan the cost of those handouts in your budget.
  • The cost of teaching materials
  • Will the budget cover refreshments? Or will the participants take turns bringing refreshments?
  • Will the participants be making something to take home?  Will the participants be paying for the project?  If so the invitation and advertising of the class needs to clearly tell them before they sign up for the class.  Participants should be required to pay for the materials before class so the instructor/ward budget won’t have to pay for materials if the participant doesn’t show up to the class.  Try to keep the participants costs as low as possible and also plan projects that can be completed in class so they won’t take unfinished projects home. In the advertising tell participants how long the class will last so they won’t have to leave class early.
  • How will you be advertising the class/activity and how much will it cost for those materials?

January you should be prepared at this point to put together the year’s budget and the dates that you need to reserve the building or location.   Find out who schedules the building.
Know the needs of the women in the ward/branch.  If most of the women work, don’t expect people to take time off work to help you.  You will need to accommodate their schedule.  If you don’t have people to help you in the middle of the day, when will you set up the activity?   What time is best to hold the activity if most of the women work?   These are the kinds of questions you need to ask when setting a date and time for the activity.

January start working on the March event: You should have most of the plans completed because you planned the event 5 months ago.
Pull together a committee to help

  • Because you planned ahead of time you will know what kind of help you need and you can be upfront with them when asking to help.  Tell them what kind of help you need (and don’t ask for additional help later.)   Treating people this way will build a trusting relationship with those who you ask to help.
  • If you make a sign up sheet to find your committee, explain what you need help with so they will know what they are making a commitment to do.  The clearer you explain the duties, the more successful your committee will be.
  • Know the people you are asking (if they work and how much free time they have.  Know their strengths and weaknesses).   Start making notes for future use.

Have a committee meeting.  Plan the invitations and poster. Give a deadline to the person making them.   Put the event in the ward news letter and announcements in Sacrament Meeting (yes, this far ahead).   Delegate tasks 2 months before the activity so that everyone will have time to complete their tasks.


Feb work on the event in March Follow up to make sure the building was reserved (so you don’t have any last minute surprises).   Don’t just trust the person you gave the dates to in January, but contact the person who has the schedule for the building to make sure your dates were turned into them.  Ask who else will be using the building that night (or the night before if you need to set up the day before the activity).    Contact the people who will be using the building and let them know of your plans.
An example of what you are trying to avoid:   If the young men of a different ward usually plays basketball in that room, they might move your tables out of the way to play basketball.   Even though they have good intentions to put everything back, they won’t remember how it was set up.  If you contact the leader of that group a month ahead they can make plans to take the group to a different location.

Always have a backup plan.

  • Sometimes your activity could be bumped to a different room because of a wedding or funeral.  The best solution is to plan your activity in a different room to begin with, one that is not commonly used, so you won’t have to change the meeting place at the last minute.
  • If you are having an outdoor activity where will the activity be moved to If the weather is bad?  Announce the backup plan on the invitation

Have a committee meeting a month before the event to see if the poster and invites are ready.  Start passing invitations out 4 weeks in advance and start displaying the poster.  Finish the plans and see where everyone is at with their assignments.
Note: It’s a good idea to advertise the upcoming activity/class at the current activity because these meetings attract participants who may not attend relief society on Sunday.  You might want to have the invitation/flier ready to hand out that far in advance.

March RS birthday party.  A week before the activity, hold a meeting with the committee members that still have tasks to complete (the people who are decorating or preparing food)   Let them tell what they have completed towards the task and what they still need to complete.  Listen for red flags to see if they need additional help.  Hopefully this will be a short meeting.    At the March activity you will want to announce the next activity.

April – Start working on the next activity.  Hold a meeting after the RS birthday party and talk about what was good and bad about the previous activity (how you would change it).   Talk about the upcoming activity and delegate the tasks. (Follow January instructions above two months before the next activity)

May – meet again with committee a month before the activity.  (see Feb instructions above).  The poster and invites should be ready to pass out.

June – summer activity (follow March instructions above)   Also start thinking about the next years planning.

Are you starting to see a pattern in the planning?
Always plan three months ahead of the activity.  Pull together the committee.  Meet with the committee members: two months before, one month before and one week before the activity.  Have a follow-up conversation about what worked and didn’t work.  If the same people are helping with the next activity, this conversation could happen at the meeting for the next activity.

Planning Successful Relief Society Classes

Plan a year of lessons with variety.    Make a schedule so you can see the larger picture of what a year will look like.   Planning at least 6 months in advance gives more time to identify helpful resources, and ask for additional help.

Classes will have the same planning flow as the “Activities” planning.  Classes need to be planned before the budget is turned in and then you can fine tune the planning 2 months in advance.   The advertising begins at the previous class one month before the class is held.

Plan a year following this example.

Subject taught


Items needed to teach

Jan Journal in a Jar Start writing a history Prepare kits.  Have them bring a wide mouth mason jar.  Bring items to decorate the jar.  Maybe paint the jar lids.
Feb Cards and Stationery How to make inexpensive cards, paper craft.  Valentines and Mother’s day cards Prepare kits, a couple of paper cutters, tables to work on, etc
March Photo Plaque Prepare & paint wood, family photo project or a temple picture Prepare kits, buy additional supplies for class. Area needed large enough for tables.  Tables and plastic table covers, etc.
April Etched Dish Soap Dispenser How to etch glass.    Tag for mother’s day gift or Christmas gift Order oil dispensers from Walmart a month in advance, order stencils and etching cream
May Family Home Evening lesson packet Homemade printable game Print game piece. Each participant needs scissors and a table work space.  1-2 glue sticks and clasp envelopes
June Knitted Dishcloth Basic knitting Purchase cotton yarn and knitting needles.  Find someone who knows how to knit to teach or assist in the class
July Campfire cooking Emergency Preparedness Tinfoil dinners
 Aug Jalapeno Jelly Canning Gather canning items. Find a cooking area large enough for demonstration and participants.  Print labels
September Recipe Card Holder Wood craft with cut vinyl Prepare kits, buy additional supplies for class, tables and plastic table covers, etc.
Oct Service Project Take Primary children to the nursing home to pass out treats This is a two meeting event.  1 meeting to make the treat bags, (the bags could be made in Sept) 2nd meeting is to take the primary children to pass out the bags.
NovSuper Saturday Basic Sewing, dish towelBanana Bread

paper bag  with wood painted snowman tag that the dish towel or bread will fit in


Prepare kits, find sewing machines, find people to help participants, tables to set sewing machines on.Cooking area to demonstrate banana bread. Gather cooking items

Items for paper/fabric craft and wood painting project.   Tables and plastic table covers, etc.

DecDipped Marshmallows/Hot Chocolate Quick and easy xmas gift ideaHot Chocolate social with cookie exchange Gather marshmallows, chocolate, electric frying pan and glass bowls.  Order straws a month in advance. Hot Chocolate items.


 An option is to write the 4 large activities on the schedule and then teach classes the other 8 months of the year.
Keep the lessons in mind, thinking of those subjects, as you go through your daily life.  You will pick up ideas that will help you teach the class or enhance the class.   If you’re teaching a craft project, just walk around the craft store and think about the project.   You will be amazed what kind of ideas you will get to enhance the lesson, I call this spiritual guidance.

Prepare: Make sure the classroom is neat and organized.   Set up the class so it will flow smoothly and timely.   An example is a cooking lesson:  set the items up on the counter in the order you will use them, prepare ingredients in advance 1) chop or dice ingredient, 2) measure the ingredients and put them in separate bowls.

Beginning the class in a way that prepares the participants to learn. Do such things as present an object lesson, write questions on the board, print little posters to hang up on the board, or have someone read a story or a thought.

Conclude your lesson in a way that invites learners to live what they have learned.   Ask participants how to apply the skill learned and give examples of other ways they could use the skill.    Think outside the box:  As an example; the November class teaches sewing.  You could take a minute of class time and show them how to do a straight stitch to mend a pair of pants, or you could sew a button on a garment that is missing a button.   Ask participants if they can think of ways to use the skill in other projects.

After teaching a lesson, it is helpful to evaluate your teaching and how the class went.  Make notes if someone struggles with a certain task so you can find a way to help them next time.  Write down anything that didn’t work or flow well or that you wouldn’t repeat again.  This evaluation time will help you teach future classes and help you plan classes that will help strengthen participant’s skills.

Starting a Group of women who have the same interests

Organize the group by making a signup sheet to see who wants to be in the class/group.   View the example of the signup sheet for the cooking group below. One person is asked to be in charge of the group and to keep things running, advertising, calling and reminding participants.   Every person in the class will take a turn being in charge of a class and hosting the class at her house. Another option is to hold the class in the same location but the participants take turns demonstrating.  When a group functions this way it gives everyone a chance to teach and strengthen their skills to a deeper degree.   If you decide to start groups with the same interest, make sure you have more than one group so that people won’t feel left out.  For example; if you start a group for young mothers to take their kids to the park during the day time, then start a different group that working mothers would be interested in and hold that class in the evening.  Know the needs of the women so you can accommodate their schedules.

womens_groups Click here for Printable Page – Starting women groups

Example of a cooking group signup sheet Cooking-Group

Click for printable handout for the Cooking Group


List of Classes that will be posted on Homemaking Divas website

I plan to post a new lesson every 1-2 months. The name of the class will be IN BLUE CAPS

if the webpage has been posted. Click on the name of the class to be taken to that webpage.

Dating, courtship, and preparing for marriage and keeping marriage strong Cooking
Prepare to go on a mission & prepare children to go on a mission SALADS IN A JAR
Preventing addictions; recovering from addiction Meal planning, nutrition and food preparation
Encourage children to read Inexpensive meal ideas
Build family relationships. Communication in the family; family councils and learning how to solve conflicts Freezer Cooking: cook larger amounts and then freeze meals to use later
Family Home Evening Packets Secrets for trimming calories
Collecting and preserving family history BASIC SEWING
Becoming an effective Grandmother Beginning Crochet
Teaching children good financial habits Beginning Knitting
Helping children choose a career CLEANING WITHOUT HARSH CHEMICALS
Family Reunion ideas Tips on decorating your home
Have a good Self Esteem Pointers on how to hang a picture grouping
Learning the internet family history resources, searching for records of an ancestor. Organizing your home
Write a personal history, Journal Jar How to keep house plants healthy
Teaching positive behavior and teaching children values Music in your home
Support someone going through a divorce.  Helping single parents Budgeting, eliminating debt, preparing for unexpected needs
How to plan a block party Planning for retirement
Welcome new neighbors Organizing important papers
Developing cultural awareness Using Computers and other technology
Serving others together as a family MEALS IN A JAR FOR FOOD STORAGE (dehydrated/freeze dried foods)
Inexpensive gift ideas to give neighbors Canning
Helping elderly parents Sun Oven and thermo cooker
Organize a walking group Herb garden, preserve herbs, use herbs in cooking
Fitness and Exercise tips, organize a exercise group Gardening
How to dress for your figure First Aid
How to improve self esteem Yard care.  How to prune trees
Makeup, skin care and hair tips Emergency preparedness
DYI WINTER SKIN CARE RECIPES(this is a Halloween Theme class for October) Perennial flowers and bulbs.  When and how to divide them to start new plants
Safety and accident prevention


Relief Society Service Projects

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Relief Society Super Saturday

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Relief Society is doing something extraordinary

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Old Fashioned Spring Ladies Luncheon

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