Volunteer for Service Projects in the Community
Whether you are planning Community Service Ideas for teens, a church, adults, or a sorority or fraternity, we've got some community service projects that are good for all ages. Volunteering is good for the soul, and it is a resume builder. You never know when that thing you loved doing one summer will turn into a full-time career. Enjoy!
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Why get kids involved in community service?
The benefits of getting them involved in community service include:
- learning to network
- building experience for their resume
- gaining ways to stand out from the rest
Community service is also a way that kids can earn scholarships. It's a great way to help them stand out on college applications. Below are several ideas for getting your kids involved.
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- Park Clean up- great for all ages -when you take them for a play date or to hang out start with a little clean up.
- Collecting can food-also great for all ages, although they may not want to pull the wagon along. However, this is perfect use for a little red wagon if you have smaller children. The kids can put signs on the side and be a rolling advertisement as they go through the neighborhood. (Recommend that an adult accompany children for this project unless they are older and go in groups, ie:Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Youth Group).
- Face painting booth -age really depends on your child's ability- if you have an artist child that wants to help raise money for a project they can set up a booth at a community event or they can volunteer their talent.
- Soles 4 Souls- all ages -check out the link to get involved with this organization. Luckily in our area the kids are able to donate at school and the Interact club handles the boxing up etc.
- K Kids- check out your local Kiwanis chapter, they may already have a K Kids club set up at a school near you. In the local club here the kids are as young as 1st grade and work with a Kiwanis sponsor on various initiatives.
- Youth As Resources- this organization allows your family or group to help out the community through various ways. They have a day of caring that you can participate in or they provide grants to youth led programs. Check out Youth As Resources in your area to see when the grant cycle begins(Note:not all areas offer grants).
- Volunteer for Halloween- around Halloween time teens can help by being part of the Haunted House crew.
- Volunteer for Easter Egg Hunts- yes it is way to early to think about Easter but someone needs to hide the eggs. Teens can help with the event and enjoy watching the kids take off after what they have hidden. Or they can be the mascot for the event.
- Have a Lemonade Stand-how is this community service? The money made can go towards any charity the the community. It also helps the children learn to be entrepreneurs.
- Arrange for a caroling session at a Retirement Center- for all ages. The kids will love hearing the stories and seniors at the center love seeing the youth.
- Clipping Coupons- did you know that you can send the military expired coupons and help them out? Not only does this option help the military but if you wanting to build motor skills in younger children this is a great way. To find out more about how to send expired coupons or ones that you are not able to use click on clipping coupons.
- Sending cards to the military- click on link to learn more about sending words of encouragement to troops.
- Making cards for retirement centers-all ages -you can do a variety of cards with messages in them or the kids can create plain cards for the seniors to give to each other.
- Assemble boxes for the local shelter- local shelters always need everyday items. Contact your local shelter to see if they need toiletries or paper goods. Have the kids set up a box at school and then deliver when they have enough to fill.
- Gift Wrapping for the Holidays- Amazon offers shifts for teens and adults to come in and wrap presents and earn money for their charity or project.
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