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60 Ways to Better Your Community
Ideas for Community Service Projects: How Can I Help?
Whether it’s reconstructing a playground, visiting an elderly home, or clearing trash from a nearby creek, a community service project is an excellent way to bring about change on a small, intimate level. But before grabbing the work gloves, make sure that your project has a specific focus. Here are some ideas to help get the project started.
1. Help people paint and repair their homes.
2. Volunteer to clean up trash around a neighborhood.
3. Create a mural that depicts values of your community.
4. Set up an art exhibit at a local business, sell the creations, and use the money to fund a cause in your community.
5. Collect supplies for persons who have been victims of a fire or other disaster.
6. Plant a community garden.
7. Organize a campaign to raise money with SignUpGenius Payments for new playground equipment, or reconstruct the playground yourself.
8. Share your skills! Volunteer to teach a class at a community center.
9. When fall comes around, distribute leaf bags and offer to assist neighbors with raking their yards.
10. Campaign for additional lighting along poorly lit streets.
1. Volunteer at a Special Olympics event.
2. Work with kids who have special needs on an art project.
3. Set up a buddy system with the special needs program at your school.
4. Raise money with SignUpGenius Payments to purchase Braille books, large print books, or other needed materials for the special needs program at a local school or community center.
5. Make gifts with friends for kids in the hospital. Distribute Valentines, Halloween candy, or Christmas treats/toys.
6. Build a ramp for a person in a wheelchair to make their house more accessible.
7. Volunteer to read books or newspapers to those who are visually impaired.
8. Visit a local care center to learn more about those with special needs, and ask how you can help.
9. Recruit some friends or a class to help set up a library at a children’s hospital.
10. Create a pamphlet that includes helpful tips concerning the respect of and interaction with people who have special needs.
1. Adopt a “grandfriend”. Write them letters, call them, and visit often.
2. Gather friends and create a “shop squad” to pick up groceries and medicine for elderly.
3. Deliver meals to homebound individuals.
4. Gather family and friends and organize a summer songfest or play to perform at a nursing home.
5. For the holidays, go caroling, bring (easy-to-eat) treats, or just go and visit senior citizens.
6. Offer to read to people.
7. Provide your local nursing home or library with more large-print books.
8. Teach a senior how to use a computer or the Internet.
9. Call up elderly people who live alone to check if they need anything.
10. Volunteer to do general home maintenance for a senior citizen.
Homeless and/or Hungry
1. Help cook/serve meals at a homeless shelter.
2. Throw a birthday party for children who are homeless at a local shelter.
3. Organize a free, public nutrition awareness campaign.
4. Gather combs, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, etc. to make “I Care” kits for people who are homeless.
5. Take children who are homeless on outings to a movie, zoo, or other fun location.
6. Hold a book drive and donate the proceeds to the shelter, and then hold a read-a-thon or give a class on basic reading skills.
7. Donate art supplies to the local shelter.
8. Offer to repair or alter clothes for people who are homeless.
9. Campaign to create a nursery in your local shelter, or help maintain an existing one.
10. Always keep a few granola bars on hand!
1. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
2. Gather newspapers and give to a local animal shelter.
3. Learn about raising and training a pet to give to a disable person, and consider whether it is an option for you and your family.
4. Visit and volunteer at a local aviary, zoo, or wild animal rehabilitation center.
5. Organize a community dog wash, and donate the proceeds to organizations that aid animals.
6. Locate homes and shelters for abandoned pets.
7. Start a Chow Drive for the community to donate food and toys to a local shelter.
8. Offer dog-walking services to those who can’t (or won’t) give their pets the proper amount of exercise.
9. Take pictures or videos of pets that are in the pound and use them when organizing a supplies drive.
10. Adopt a pet! Or, if this is not an option, volunteer to become a temporary foster parent for a pet in the pound.
1. Clean up trash from a local outdoor space.
2. Organize a hike or nature walk with friends, and bring bags to collect trash along the trails. Click here for an example sign up.
3. Have fun with creating homemade paper out of used paper with friends (It’s easy, fun, and green!)
4. Grow your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs in an organic garden, and encourage others to do the same.
5. Instead of using the car, choose the healthy route and bike to your next location. Burn energy, not gasoline!
6. Choose a family “energy watchdog” to shut off lights, television, and dripping sinks when not in use.
7. Switch your current Internet home page to an energy-saving one, such as Google’s “Blackle”, and turn down the computer screen brightness level as well. (It’s unhealthy for both the environment and your eyes.)
8. Create a children’s nature garden. Create a path, label plants and trees, and schedule guided tours.
9. Purchase recycled products as opposed to generic ones.
10. When buying food or drinks of any kind, it is better to stick to a large jug or tub as opposed to a collection of individually packaged goods.
As you put on those work gloves, keep in mind that SignUpGenius is an invaluable tool that can be used to organize events of any sort. We appreciate your efforts to change the world, one step at a time!
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Posted by Jawad Ahmed on Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:53 AM EST
Based on the situation in my country, and condition of poorly managed hospitals, we at The Aman Foundation engaging our employees and volunteer spent a day cleaning and beautifying a government operated hospital. You can check our FB page of how the society benefited from this.
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How You Can Make a Difference
JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE A KID DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Making a difference doesn’t mean doing something that’s going to change the world. You can do things that make a difference to yourself, your family and friends, your community and even a stranger (ask permission from an adult though). It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, the point is that you’re making an effort to make someone’s life a little better and to make people happy. The best thing you can do for people is be kind because when you’re kind, it makes you happy and it shows! Your happiness makes other people happy too.
So if you’re ready to get started, read on…
Start With Something Small
There are so many things you can do. You might have your own, but here are some ideas to start you off!
SMILE AT PEOPLE
One of the easiest ways to be kind is to smile at people! Try it out next time your walking down the street. You might even like to say hello too just to see how people react. I bet you’ll get lots of smiles in return because your smile can brighten anyone’s day!
GET SOME KINDNESS CARDS
Get some of our FREE Kindness Cards and start spreading some happiness. The idea is to do something nice for someone and give them a Kindness Card to remind them to do something nice for someone else and then they’ll pass on the card with their act of kindness and before you know it, you’ve created your own ripple of kindness! Want some ideas of what you can do?
HERE are some things other’s have done.
BE KIND AT HOME
Most parents are really busy people and it might seem like they don’t have must time to spend with you. The problem parents’ face is that there’s always so much to be done around the house, and it’s not that they don’t want to spend time with you, but by the time they finish everything, it’s probably time for you to go to bed.
SO, here’s how you can help fix that and make your family really happy at the same time! Simply being nice to your brother or sister and helping out where you can is something that will make the world of difference to the people in your family. The more you’re able to help, you know like picking up your clothes, helping with the dishes, feeding the pets etc, the less time your parents have to spend doing it. And if your parents don’t have to ask you to do any of these things, they’ll be less frustrated and have more time to spend with you AND they won’t be yelling at you as much to do your chores. And here’s the really great thing… Your home will become a really nice, calm place to be!
What can you do at home?
Again, take a look at the ideas other kids have had but more importantly, think about what your parents are always nagging you about and just do them without them having to ask. Take notice of the jobs they do and see if you are able to help with some for them. Sometimes there are some really great opportunities to spend time with your family by helping out with jobs,
and it might actually be fun!
Here are some other ideas:
☺ help with the dishes ☺ put out the rubbish ☺ rake up leaves in the yard ☺ mow the lawn ☺ make your bed
☺ clear the table ☺ empty the dishwasher ☺ learn how to use the washing machine ☺ hang the washing ☺ put the groceries away
☺ do the dusting ☺ fold the clean clothes ☺ wash the car ☺ water the garden ☺ walk the dog ☺ make a cup of tea or coffee
☺ make someone else’s bed ☺ change the toilet roll when it’s empty ☺ hang up your towel after a shower ☺ cook dinner
☺ do some weeding ☺ put your dirty clothes in the laundry basket ☺ wipe down the sink in your bathroom ☺ collect the mail
☺ keep your room tidy ☺ turn the lights and TV off when not being used ☺ change your pets water ☺ sweep or vacuum the floor
BE KIND IN THE CLASSROOM
Teachers are a bit like parents. They have a lot to do and heaps of kids to look after. Imagine what a big job it would be to make sure your 20 – 30 kids all have what they need, understand the work and are happy! Now imagine you have 5 or 10 kids that think being disruptive is funny. Would you cope with people being rude, laughing and joking, calling out, picking on others, and refusing to do their work etc? So perhaps you can imagine why some teachers might have to yell or are sometimes a bit grumpy!
What we talked about before with your parents, applies at school too. If you want your teacher and friends to be happy and kind, then you can help make that happen. Making it easier for everyone in your classroom, makes your life easier and happier too!
All of these things help make your classroom a happier place to be:
☺ always listen and do what is asked ☺ if other people are talking, remind them to pay attention ☺ always do your best
☺ be helpful to your teacher ☺ help tidy the classroom☺ run errands for your teacher ☺ be on time with your homework
☺ show respect by putting up your hand and waiting your turn ☺ be kind to everyone ☺ be on time to school ☺ clear your table
☺ be considerate of other people’s feelings ☺ don’t talk behind someone’s back
BE KIND IN THE PLAYGROUND
I’m sure you’ve seen someone who’s been picked on or bullied, or perhaps you’ve felt it yourself.
It’s never nice when others gang up or call people names.
Kids who are mean think they’re pretty cool, but IT’S NOT COOL AND IT’S NOT FAIR!
What they’re doing is taking their frustrations out on someone else. Kids are usually mean because they need attention and they gather followers who also feel the same way.
Many times these kids have trouble understanding their school work or aren’t cared for properly at home and feel that no-one understands or cares for them. They aren’t happy and feel bad about themselves, and think that making someone else feel bad too is going to make them feel better, but the truth is that it doesn’t!
So how does being kind help when people are being mean? When you’re a kind person, you have a full bucket.
In other words you feel good about yourself because being kind to others makes you feel great. So the nicer and more helpful you are, the better you make others feel and the more they’ll like you. When you feel this good about yourself, it’s much easier to ignore the silly things other people do and not take them to heart or let them make you feel bad. Always remember if someone’s being mean to you, don’t take it personally. Often kids act like this because they’re unhappy or jealous, and secretly wish they were like the person they are being mean to.
These things help make the playground a happier place to be:
☺ help someone if they’ve hurt themselves ☺ return a ball if it comes your way ☺ open the door for someone
☺ talk to people you normally wouldn’t ☺ pick up rubbish that’s lying around ☺ smile at people
☺ include people in your games ☺ if someone’s sad, try to cheer them up ☺ help someone make new friends
☺ be nice to people who are new to the school ☺ share your things ☺ talk to someone who looks lonely
☺ stick up for people who are being picked on ☺ give a compliment ☺ share you lunch with someone who has no food