- Below are dozens of community service ideas to help you get started as a student.
- What are Community Service?
- Why Should You Participate in Community Service?
- 1. Volunteer
- 2. Adopt a Neighbor
- 3. Organize a Clean Up
- 4. Join a Community Garden
- 5. Attend Community Meetings
- Helping Animals and the Environment
- Helping the Hungry and/or Homeless
- Next Steps
Are you interested in to know ways to help your community as a student? Do need ways and type of service projects you can do? Community service as a student is a great way to help others and improve your community, and it can also help you gain skills and experience to include on your resume and college applications.
Below are dozens of community service ideas to help you get started as a student.
What are Community Service?
According to oxford dictionary : it is an unpaid work, intended to be of social use, that an offender is required to do instead of going to prison. It is often done near the area where you live, so your own community reaps the benefits of your work. You do not get paid to perform community service, but volunteer your time. Community service can help many different groups of people: children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, even animals and the environment. Community service is often organized through a local group, such as a place of worship, school, or non-profit organization, or you can start your own community service projects. Community service can even involve raising funds by donating used goods or selling used good like clothing.
In other words base on years of experience you can either choose 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.
Lets not forget what Obama said:
In 2012, Michelle Obama said, “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” As humans we yearn to make a difference, to leave our mark. And most of us know helping better others’ lives has positive impacts on our own — making us happier, more balanced, and instilling a greater sense of purpose in the everyday. But, it can be easy to get bogged down in the daily grind and miss the benefits, to ourselves and our communities, that getting involved can provide.
And most of us don’t know where to start. So, have a look below at 10 suggestions for how to begin, and start making a difference today!
Why Should You Participate in Community Service?
Below are Fundamental community service student can partake in:
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 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.
Volunteering energy and skills to a local organization is a great way to give back to your community. Whether a hospital, food bank, youth group, senior’s home, or animal shelter there are tonnes of local organizations that would benefit from your time. A quick search online will help find local opportunities. Or, contact organizations you’re interested in helping out to be put in touch with their local team.
2. Adopt a Neighbor
You don’t have to go far or orchestrate grand gestures to make an impact on someones life. Whether the older man from down the street who lives alone, or the young mother (of toddlers) on the corner, there are folks in your neighborhood who could use a hand. Maybe you help shovel after a big storm, take them to the grocery store, or mow the lawn. It might not even matter what you do as long as you show you care.
3. Organize a Clean Up
All you need to hold a successful clean up is a big box of garbage bags, a bigger box of recycling bags, a substantial supply of rubber gloves, a group of friends or volunteers, and a location that needs some love. And these days most public parks, beaches, and neighborhood streets are in need of a little TLC, and sometimes folks just need a little inspiration to encourage them to help out. Lead the way, and see what follows!
4. Join a Community Garden
Not only do community gardens beautify the community, they often provide produce and other goods to local neighborhoods — often undeserved areas. And whether a green thumb or just beginning a relationship with the land there’s always lots of work to be done to get to harvest. You won’t just be growing fruit and vegetables, but friendships and community along the way!
5. Attend Community Meetings
Community meetings are a great place to meet people from your neighborhood while developing a deeper familiarity with that community. And it’s a great way to build feelings of belonging and ownership of the place you call home. And you never know, maybe you’ll discover a passion for local politics or activism along the way!
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 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.
Helping Animals and the Environment
Take care of cats and dogs at an animal shelter
Clean up a local park
Raise money to provide a bulletproof vest for a police dog
Plant a tree for Arbor Day
Place a bird feeder and bird fountain in your backyard
Start a butterfly garden in your community
Sponsor a recycling contest
Grow flowers in your backyard then give bouquets to hospital patients or people who are housebound
Help create a new walking trail at a nature center or park
Update the signs along a nature trail
Adopt an acre of rain forest
Help train service dogs
Participate in the cleanup of a local river, pond, or lake
Foster animals that shelters don’t have space for
Organize a spay and neuter your pet program
Care for a neighbor’s pet while they are away
Sponsor an animal at your local zoo
Train your pet to be a therapy animal and bring it to hospitals or nursing homes
Build and set up a bird house
Organize a carpool to reduce car emissions
Campaign for more bike lanes in your town
Volunteer at a nature camp and teach kids about the environment
Test the water quality of a lake or river near you
- Plant native flowers or plants along highways
Helping the Hungry and/or Homeless
Build a house with Habitat for Humanity
Donate your old clothes
Volunteer at a soup kitchen
Donate old eyeglasses to an organization that collects that and distributes them to people in need
Donate non-perishable food to a food bank
Donate blankets to a homeless shelter
Host a Thanksgiving dinner for people who may not be able to afford their own
Offer to babysit or nanny for a family in need
Make “care kits” with shampoo, toothbrushes, combs, etc. to donate to homeless shelters
Prepare a home-cooked meal for the residents of a nearby homeless shelter
Collect grocery coupons to give to a local food bank
Help repair or paint a local homeless shelter
Donate art supplies to kids in a homeless shelter
Help organize and sort donations at a homeless shelter
Babysit children while their parents look for jobs
Become a Big Buddy for children at a homeless shelter
Take homeless children on outings
Bake a batch of cookies or loaf of bread and deliver it to a soup kitchen
Build flower boxes for Habitat for Humanity houses
Organize a winter clothes drive to collect coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to be donated
Make first aid kits for homeless shelters
Now that you know what your options are for community service, you can take the following steps to start getting involved:
- Look over your interests:Which activities seem most appealing to you? Were they mostly in one particular category, like children or the environment? If so, that’s a good starting place for choosing specific organizations to contact.
- Figure out how much time you can devote to community service:Are you available for two hours every week? Are you not free on a regular basis but can volunteer for an entire weekend now and then? Think about transportation as well and how you’ll be able to get to different locations. Knowing this information will help you choose which community service projects to pursue, and it’s helpful information for volunteer coordinators to know.
- Do some research to see what projects you can do in your community:Check at your school, place of worship, or town hall for more information on volunteering. You can also contact the place where you’d like to perform your community service, such as a particular animal shelter or nursing home, and ask if they take volunteers.
- Start volunteering!This list ranges from small projects that you can complete on your own in a few hours, to much larger projects that will take more time and people. If you find a project you can start on your own, do it! If you want to do a project where you’ll need more resources or people, check around your community to see if a similar program already exists that you can join. If not, don’t be afraid to start your own! Many organizations welcome new volunteers and community service projects.