Community Service Ideas

Short Description

This is General list of ideas for Community Service Hours.

Target Audience

Community Service Chair, President, Vice President, Membership Orientation Officer, Chapter Advisor, BOG Chairman

Borradaile Challenge or Area of Focus

Community Service

Introduction

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Evaluate the needs in your own communities and what agencies currently exist that could utilize volunteer support:

Service Ideas

• Assist or visit injured or sick children at a children’s hospital
• Visit a school for the blind, deaf or developmentally disabled
• Assist with the Special Olympics
• Sponsor a blood drives or bone marrow testing drive
• Coach or sponsor a youth athletic team
• Organize youth projects with a community service network of volunteers and service organizations or through the local United Way volunteer bank
• Develop or staff an event to benefit a youth service organization, such as Scouting, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, etc.
• Help to provide leadership for a local youth organization, such as Scouting, 4-H, Campfire, etc.
• Organize a Merit Badge University or advancement event for Boy or Girl Scouts
• Help staff or run activity programs at a Scout Camporee or Scout Show.
• Boy Scout and Girl Scout camp cleanups and winterizing
• Help with council banquets and events
• Sponsor Scout First Aid Contests for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
• Assist with Girl Scout cookie sales on campus
• Assist with Eagle Scout projects
• Provide help publishing, folding and mailing agency newsletters
• Volunteering to work with students at a nearby elementary, junior high or high school
• Participate in the Adopt-A-School program
• Participate in the Adopt-A-Block program to clean up neighborhoods
• Conduct a joint service project with a high school service club such as the JROTC, Key Club or Junior Lions and Optimists
• Develop a youth service project with your county's Juvenile Court or juvenile probation services
• Organize an activity, service project or program at an inner-city youth center
• Do community youth projects with the local Chamber of Commerce or the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce (the Jaycees)
• Do community youth projects with fraternal or veterans’ organizations such as the Elks, the Eagles, the Moose, the American Legion, etc.
• Help with a Habitat for Humanity project.
• Local park/cemetery cleanups
• Holiday parties at hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, etc.
• Provide assistance to women's shelters
• Volunteer at a soup kitchen
• Nursing home visitation (sometimes with pets)
• Halloween Haunted Houses and street patrol
• Assisting the elderly with winterizing, lawn maintenance, painting and home repair
• Hospital volunteers
• Recording for the blind
• Fingerprinting children for identification purposes
• Playground building, repair and litter control
• Assist with various shelters and organizations providing help for the homeless
• Chaperon teen dances (non-alcoholic)
• Provide manpower assistance to humane societies and animal shelters
• AIDS awareness and support services
• Help out with YMCA activities
• Museum volunteers
• Re-seeding and other projects at a local arboretum
• Cleanup projects at various community centers and shelters
• Volunteer work for local child abuse centers
• Recruit volunteers and provide emergency assistance for crisis prevention hotline
• Provide volunteers and cleanup work for historical societies and their homes
• Meals on Wheels volunteers
• Babysitting for C.A.R.E.
• Tutoring for local school districts
• Group workdays for agencies to do the following:
Painting rooms, walls, fences, gutters
Raking leaves, moving limbs
Changing light bulbs
Rebuilding fences, tables, sheds, seesaws
Mowing lawns, pulling weeds, edging
Shoveling snow
Picking up around the grounds
Trimming shrubs and low-hanging trees
Planting grass, flowers, trees
Pouring concrete walks, driveways
Cleaning gutters

Best Practices

For events that will use the majority of your chapter, try to organize the event a couple of week in advance. When reporting hours on the Community Service report remember that if the event you participated in raised money then its not considered community service it is instead called an philanthropy event and would need to be reported in the philanthropy report.

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