Your club may do five or more service projects this year. Members can get to know your community and its needs through conversations, news and research. Challenge your members to consider different causes or needs as they choose projects. Also, make sure to educate people about the need, cause or organization while doing service — this may inspire people to continue supporting the cause after they support your club’s current service project!
Check out this list of need categories and possible service projects:
- Animal care or conservation: Organize a school assembly with a speaker from a local animal shelter and share information on how to foster or adopt a pet.
- Bullying and safety: Plan a welcome event for new students, with fun icebreakers and get-to-know-you activities at your school.
- Climate change and environment: Organize a trip to a local waterway to test water quality or park to look for invasive plants. Inform public or park officials of what your club discovered.
- Community beautification: Organize a hiking path cleanup at a local park.
- Disabilities and access: Learn about accessibility for people with physical disabilities. Complete an accessibility audit of your school property and share your findings with administrators.
- Education and literacy: Hold a book drive and donate the books to a community center or Little Free Libraries in your town.
- Eldercare: Arrange a visit to an assisted living facility to play games with or make holiday cards for its residents.
- Health and wellness: Research little things kids can do to be healthier and create a campaign at your school sharing “health hacks.”
- Hunger and homelessness: Learn about hunger and food insecurity in your community. Share information with your school and families as you hold a canned food drive for a local pantry.
- Inclusion, equity and justice: Research to find health and medical services available in your community for families with low incomes. Work with counselors or administrators to share the information with school families.
- Kindness: Use Random Acts of Kindness resources to promote kindness in your school.
- Poverty and access to resources: Learn about the clean water crisis facing 2 billion people in the world. Organize a jerry can walk at your school to increase empathy and raise money for an organization that builds wells.
- Substance and alcohol abuse: Work with your school counselors to learn about substance abuse resources and plan together how to get information to your school’s parents and students.