How Deseret Industries Helps the Community
Training and On-the-Job Experience
Associates gain valuable work experience by working in our facilities and training with local business partners. Individuals can gain retail experience in our stores, trade skills at Deseret Manufacturing, and other work skills while assisting people worldwide at the Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center.
Career and Technical Education
We partner with community colleges, applied technology centers, and other institutions that offer training courses in accounting, information technology, health care, and other areas.
We help you work in your chosen career in an internship-type experience at a business that partners with us. Develop skills and confidence while showing your employer you can do the job.*
New Life for Goods
When Deseret Industries (DI) opened in 1938, Elder John A. Widtsoe established four guiding purposes for it: “First, those who have will be given another type of opportunity to help those who have not. Second, waste will be reduced by keeping our possessions in use as long as possible. Third, the work of renovation will employ many now unemployed. Fourth, articles in common use, of good quality, will be available at a low cost” ("Editorial: Deseret Industries," Improvement Era, Sept. 1938, 544).
Community Partnerships and Grants
We strive to reach out to local communities by partnering with community agencies to assist those whom they serve and provide service opportunities for groups and individuals.
“There is a serious need for the charity that gives attention to those who are unnoticed, hope to those who are discouraged, aid to those who are afflicted. True charity is love in action. The need for charity is everywhere" (Thomas S. Monson, "Charity Never Faileth," Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 124).
What better way is there to show love than by helping others? Want to make more room in your life and make a difference at the same time? Consider donating; we restock with thousands of new items every day. Items not sold in our stores are sent off for humanitarian relief, where the items will do a lot of good.
Information about Donations
You may take donations to your local DI during donation hours.
Donations are accepted year-round Monday through Saturday. Donations are not accepted on Sunday.
You can also take your donations to one of our convenient container locations. Call the store nearest you for locations.
Pickup requests are not available in most locations. Contact your local DI if this service is required.
2020 DI by the Numbers
Associates served: 10,911
Volunteers giving of their time: 30,393
Languages spoken within DI: 20
Clothing and shoes given in humanitarian aid: 1,899,360 pounds