Community Service Ideas

Below is a list of possible service projects to participate in during a normal school calendar (a few each year are fine). Please make sure that the projects you choose are appropriate to the age of your members.


  • Organize a coat drive in which old coats are donated for use by needy people.
  • Make “I Care” kits with combs, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc. for the homeless.
  • Paint a mural over graffiti.
  • Donate books to your local library.
  • Make cards for soldiers overseas or who are in hospitals.


  • Conduct a community service project during the Big Help Day in October.
  • Offer safety tips for youngsters during Halloween.
    Create a campaign to encourage biking and walking.
  • Conduct a clothing repair or sewing workshop for needy people.
  • Distribute leaf bags during the fall encouraging residents to clean leaves from their streets and yards.


  • Recognize veterans in your community.
  • This is military family month – support a military family with meals, yard work, babysitting, etc.
  • Adopt a “grand friend” and write them letters and visit them.
  • Donate toys or suitcases to foster children.
  • Adopt a pothole and raise funds to repair it.


  • Trim a mitten Christmas tree to donate mittens to local schools and homeless shelters.
  • Decorate a Christmas tree at a nursing home, hospital, school or homeless shelter.
  • Ring the bell for Salvation Army during the holidays.
  • Serve Christmas dinner at you local veteran’s hall.


  • Help cook and/or serve a meal at a homeless shelter.
  • Clean up a vacant lot or park.
  • Start a recycling campaign.
  • Collect unused make-up, perfume and other cosmetics for a center for abused women.


  • Volunteer to return shopping carts during National Supermarkets Month in February.
  • Raise money for Braille books for visually impaired people.
  • Make quilts or baby clothes for low-income families.
  • Make a cancer or aids quilt or mural to remember people of who have died from these diseases and remind others of their life.  Donate it to the community for display.


  • Conduct an Easter Egg Hunt for needy children.
  • On St. Patrick’s Day, don’t only wear something green, care for something green!
    Plant flowers in public areas that could use some color.
  • Collect aluminum cans and donate the money to a favorite charity.


  • Participate in National Youth Service Day in April.
  • Make Spring baskets for seniors’ residential facility, neighbors or homeless shelters.
  • Bring toys to children in the cancer ward of a hospital.
  • Rake leaves, shovel snow, clean gutter or wash windows for a senior citizen.


  • Plan a Memorial Day program
  • Deliver May Day baskets to women in your community or at nursing homes
  • Participate in a marathon or relay for your favorite charity.
  • Organize a campaign to paint storm drains to prevent dumping of hazardous materials.
  • Plan a special awareness event during Be Kind to Animals Week in May.


  • Visit senior citizens at a nursing home.
  • Organize a canned goods drive.
  • Volunteer to help at a Special Olympics event.
  • Bake cookies and bring them to your local fire or police station.
  • Volunteer to help with Vacation Bible School.

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