A group of 20 volunteers from a local church spent half a day last weekend making a difference.


During a picturesque spring morning, the local contingent from Mormon Helping Hands installed new roofing on six baseball dugouts at Lime Street Park in Hesperia.


"This is great," said Rick Epperson, a law enforcement officer and member of a local LDS ward. "It could be colder, hotter or more windy. It's nice."


Armed with hand tools, the crew installed new roofing felt, flashing paper and shingles with nails and U-bolts. The improvements will be appreciated by Hesperia American Little League competitors who play there.


Wearing yellow T-shirts, volunteers from Mormon Helping Hands have made a difference outside of the Victor Valley as well. Thousands of volunteers joined together to help out in the wake of hurricane Katrina. They also have lent assistance in South America, Africa and Europe. In 2007, 100,000 volunteers cleaned streets, painted hospitals and planted flowers and grass in Africa.


The Mormon Helping Hands program was started in 1998.


"We're here to serve the community," Epperson said.