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By Kent Larsen

New York Humanitarian Fair Looks at Service Opportunities

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The New York Metro LDS Professional Association held its New York Humanitarian Fair 2001 in the New York Stake Center on Saturday, educating about 100 attendees on service opportunities, both through the many Mormon-related charities and through several New York-area organizations. The half-day conference featured workshops from five different organizations, including one session that covered the work of many other Mormon groups, and a keynote address by Chieko N. Okazaki, former member of the Relief Society General Presidency.

The conference held workshops in two sessions, featuring presentations by The Pathway Center, which runs an orphanage, First Hope, a Nepal-based orphanage, CHOICE Humanitarian, sponsor of humanitarian expeditions to the Andes, the Frank Foundation, an adoption agency and orphanage for children in Russia, and Enterprise Mentors International, a provider of business training and microcredit services. In addition, BYU professor Warner Woodworth told one session about the work of eight other groups, all started by LDS Church members seeking to better the condition of those in third-world countries. Woodworth is also behind Unitus, an support-group for Mormon-related charities, which is probably the best single place to find out about charitable efforts of Mormons working outside the LDS Church.

In her keynote remarks, Okazaki sought to persuade those attending that charitable efforts were the obligation of all LDS Church members, and suggested that many of those efforts should come of our own volition. She also said that while those without means are excused from giving monetarily, they should find ways to give and should seek creative ways to benefit their fellow man.

The conference sponsor, the New York Metro LDS Professional Association, is a local professional association affiliated with the BYU Management Society and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.


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New York Humanitarian Fair 2001 22Sep01

Kent Larsen 22Sep01


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