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Trying new service projects


Does your club need new ideas for service projects? Does it seem like the club picks the same kind of projects every time? One way to make sure there is diversity in the club’s service projects is to pick a different cause or charity each time and focus on what that charity really needs.

Here are a few ideas and causes your club could use for the focus of their upcoming service projects:

Helping other kids.  If the club members have a passion for helping their peers, have club members research ways they can help out at a Special Olympics event. Or ask the local pediatric hospital how your members might be able to bring joy to the patients.

The environment. If students show an interest in environmental issues, help explore how they can get involved. Community service ideas include planting a neighborhood garden or a tree for all to enjoy, launching a campaign to get friends to put their computers and phones in sleep mode before going to bed, thereby saving energy; organizing (or participating in) a community cleanup day; helping clear hiking trails or performing beach cleanups.

Seniors. If the club members have a desire to get involved with seniors, there are many opportunities to make a difference. Club members could offer manicures to elderly women or perhaps help seniors learn to use email to stay in touch with their own grandchildren. The club could adopt a senior citizen as a “grand-friend” and write letters to him/her. Even just going for a walk with an elderly member of the community, delivering a meal, or reading to someone who is housebound can make their day.

Animals. Young people often have a passion for helping animals. Local animal shelters are always in need of volunteers even for simple tasks such as cleaning cages, answering phones or making holiday decorations for the shelter waiting room.

Military troop support. Many children have a parent or other family member involved in the military, and they may find a desire to serve this community. Begin by contacting an organization that ships packages to troops. Find out from the organization what kinds of items are acceptable to send to deployed soldiers. Club members can then organize a donation drive to collect some of the most needed items. 

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