Organize a public issues forum for candidates. Contact your juvenile court system. Find out if they have a "Kids in Court" program to match older kids who have been in court as abuse victims with younger kids who are facing a court experience.
Go door to door to register votes. Design and paint a community mural. Contact your legislators on issues close to your heart. Contact a local organization about donating flags to public institutions.
During National Nutrition month in March, organize a nutrition awareness campaign. Organize a food scavenger hunt to collect food for the needy. Alter and repair clothes for the needy, elderly and homeless. Gather clothing from your neighbor and donate it to a local shelter. Make "I Care" kits with combs, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc. Bake bread on National Bread Day in November and deliver to the hungry, homeless or just your neighbors.
Help with repairs at a local homeless shelter. Donate art supplies to kids in a homeless shelter. Make a care package with mittens, socks, T-shirts, etc. Collect grocery coupons to give a local food bank. Clip coupons and give them at your local food pantry or homeless shelter.
Pack and hand out food at a food bank. Organize a neighborhood group to plant, tend and harvest a vegetable garden. Donate the produce to a food bank. Prepare a home-cooked meal for the residents of a nearby homeless shelter. Bake a batch of cookies and deliver them to a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.
Raid your closet and attic to find toys and clothes to donate to a homeless shelter. Assist with sorting and organizing items donated to a homeless shelter. Food drive - set up collection bins in stores, banks, movie theaters, and schools. Start a program to help poor people build their own houses.
Assist in a shelter day-care room, taking care of children while parents look for jobs. Take homeless children on outings. Make first aid kits for homeless shelters. Contact a homeless shelter in your community and see if they already have a reading center and need help to keep the project going. Set up a Saturday Reading Hour where you visit a homeless shelter once a month, bringing books to share and leave behind.
Collect items to deliver to homeless shelters blankets, sheets, towels, toys, books, disposable diapers. Become a Big Buddy for one or more of the children at the homeless shelter. Find out about low-cost housing in your area for the homeless people. Contact job training and placement centers in your community. For Those with Special Needs: Volunteer to help at a Special Olympics event. Set up a buddy system for kids with special needs at your school.
Raise money for Braille or large print books for blind or visually impaired people. Volunteer at an agency that works with children with disabilities. Read books or the newspaper on tape for blind or visually impaired people.
Make gifts with friends for kids in the hospital. Prepare sack lunches and deliver them to homeless or homebound people. Bring toys to children in the cancer ware of a hospital. Work with physically challenged kinds on an art project. Build a ramp for a person in a wheelchair so it is easier for them to get in and out of their house. Give valentines and other cards in individuals who are in the local hospital. Hold an Athletics Contest.
Visit a rehabilitation center. Learn about patients with special needs. Help neighbors paint and repair their homes. Arrange for the local health department to conduct neighborhood health checks. Volunteer to teach classes on a sport you enjoy and know a lot about.
Contact Habitat for Humanity to see how you can support them in your community. Work with the local health department to set up an immunization day or clinic to immunize children against childhood diseases. Organize a newcomers group in your neighborhood to welcome new families.
Produce a neighborhood newspaper. Train to become a guide for your local tourist bureau. Make maps of local parks, libraries or historic sites. Volunteer to clean up trash at a community event or county fair. Make signs to label community buildings and sites of interest. Set up an art exhibit at a local business, school or nursing home.
Design a mural or quilt highlighting important aspects of the community. Organize a campaign to paint storm drains to prevent dumping of hazardous materials.
Set up an informational display at a local library. Volunteer to help with Vacation Bible School. Organize a community chorus, orchestra or band. Volunteer to help set up for a community event. Distribute leaf bags during the fall encouraging residents to clean leaves from their streets and yards. Adopt a pothole and raise funds to repair it. Plan native flowers or plants along highways. Adopt a billboard and use it for a public service announcement.
Campaign for additional lighting along poorly lighted streets. Clean up vacant lot. Collect supplies for persons who have been in a fire or natural disaster.
Help fix a run-down playground. Start a yard of the week award for your neighborhood. Participate in an Annual parade. Spruce up and paint the community or youth center. Plant a community garden. Adopt a town monument and keep it clean. Clean up after a natural disaster. Organize a local blood drive with the American Red Cross. Plant flowers at town hall. Organize a campaign to raise money to buy and install new playground equipment for a park. Survey community agencies to learn the leading causes of accidents in your community then design a campaign to reduce accidents.
Paint a mural or clean up a local park. Plant flowers in public areas that could use some color. Mow the lawns and care for the plants of neighbors who are away on vacation. Conduct a community accessibly check to identify potential barriers for individuals with disabilities. Plan a disabilities day where friends or classmates are given a physical disability for day and are forced to function during the day. Read aloud to a person who is visually impaired. Paint fences or park benches. Help winterize homes in a poverty-stricken neighborhood.
Lend a helping hand at a local community center. Identify corners where bushes and trees make it difficult for drivers to see. Conduct a neighborhood drive to collect used furniture. Form a band with your friends and give free concerts. If you play an instrument, help a friend learn to play. Serve as an usher at a sporting event. Get your marital arts or dance class to give a demonstration at a youth center, nursing home or school.
Write and product a play about a current issue. Serve as a coach for a youth sports team. Teach a friend how to in-line skate. Start a collection drive for old sports equipment and donate it to needy families. Get friends to assist at a sporting event. Provide refreshments at a local race or sporting event. Plant a garden or tree where the whole neighborhood can enjoy it.
Set up a recycling system for your home and participate in your neighborhood curbside recycling pick-up. Organize a car pooling campaign in your neighborhood to cut down on air pollution. Set up a seed or a plant exchange in your neighborhood. Another good youth group project is volunteering to do yard work for the elderly. Contact a senior citizen center or church to locate elderly people who live alone. The group can then adopt several elderly residents and offer to fill their yardwork needs once a week for a year.
Group members can also socialize with their chosen recipients. Choosing a family in need and fixing up their home is also a rewarding project. Choose the family on the basis of economic hardship, family illness, or another deserving reason.
The youth group can gain experience in seeking donations by asking local businesses to supply the cleaning, painting, and repair supplies needed for the job. The group can send a letter to the editor of the local newspaper to thank the contributing businesses once the project is complete.
This puts everyone in the right mindset from the moment they are asked to serve. But if we, as youth workers, help our students frame their service in a way that clearly places the highest value on the people we serve, our students will come away with a deeper appreciation for the work they accomplish and the lives they touch, and they will be more likely to jump at the chance to serve again in the future.
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Host a joint cleanup project with a youth group from a congregation of another religion. Accompany new ward members to classes. Share Church magazines with individuals who don’t subscribe to them. These Community Service Ideas were compiled by Janet Fox, former Nebraska 4-H Extension Specialist. References and suggested resources: Kid's Guide to Service Projects by Barbara Luis.
Community Service Ideas for Middle-Age Children: generationOn Service Clubs – Inspires, equips, and mobilizes youth to take action through service clubs, schools, youth organizations, campaigns, and youth leadership initiatives. Youth group community service projects help group members build their college resumes while providing a valuable service to someone in need. In addition, the experience can teach group members how to negotiate, plan, and execute ideas, which will be helpful as they enter careers. Choosing appropriate projects for.