IDEAS FOR SERVICE PROJECTS


Senior Citizens

    
·     Paint an empty wall in an elderly home
    
·     Help cook/serve meals at an elderly home
    
·     Spend a day at an elderly home (games, songs, skits, etc…)
    
·     Raise money to purchase wheelchairs and other equipment for an elderly home
    
·     Car wash/window wash for senior citizens living in their homes in your neighborhood
    
·     Write letters to an elderly home
    
·     Offer to help a senior citizen shop for groceries
    
·     Bring plants to an elderly home and offer to take care of them
    
·     Draw/paint pictures to decorate the walls of an elderly home/hospital
    
·     Adopt a senior citizen or a “grand-friend” for long-term commitment
    
·     Create toiletry kits for senior citizens
    
·     Make greeting cards for a special holiday (Mothers/Fathers Day, New Year’s Day, a religious
       holiday, etc.) and give them to individuals at an elderly home

    
·     Find out the birthdays of the residents of an elderly home and do something special for each of
       them, or for all those during each month for a full year

The Environment
    
·     Clean up an empty lot
    
·     Collect materials that could be recycled from people’s homes
    
·     River cleanup
    
·     Highway cleanup
    
·     Beach cleanup
    
·     Park cleanup
    
·     Make art out of recycled materials and decorate institutions
    
·     Make “no littering” signs for the streets of your neighborhood
    
·     Study local environmental problems and construct a plan to solve it

Those With Special Needs
    
·     Offer to help physically disabled/visually impaired people shop for groceries
    
·     Read books and record them on tape for the visually impaired
    
·    Offer to take visually impaired individuals to the cinema or to a play
    
·     Spend a day at an elderly home (games, songs, skits, etc…)
    
·     Hold a local sports day for those with special needs
    
·     Hold a non-competitive sports day bringing those with and without special needs together
    
·     Volunteer to help direct a play/puppet show/ skit/dance for those with special needs

Advocacy
Organize or participate in programs concerned with changing policy and social behavior regarding:
    
·     Human rights
    
·     Rights of the disabled
    
·    Rights of women
    
·     Rights of the elderly  
    
·      Rights of children
   
·     Pro tection of animals
   
·     Protection of the environment
   
·     Democratic elections
    
·     Elimination of corruption

Neighborhood Enhancement
    
·     Paint murals/beautify walls on the street
    
·     Plant and tend flowers on the street
    
·     Plant and tend a vegetable garden and donate the produce to an institution in need (or start/end
       the project and publicize it on GYSD)

    
·     Make a playground in a park

Literacy/Learning
    
·     Tutor a student
    
·     Organize a used book sale and donate the money to an institution in need
    
·     Collect new and used books to give to a hospital, orphanage, school, or library

Children

    
·     Take a group children in need (orphans, poor, etc,) to an animal shelter or other activity place
    
·     Bring plants to an orphanage and offer to take care of them or teach the children how to take
       care of them

    
·     Read books to children in orphanages or hospitals
    
·     Spend a day at an orphanage (games, songs, skits, etc…)
    
·     Have storytelling sessions for children at the local public library
    
·     Take a group of children in need to the public library for a day of activities
    
·     Paint an empty wall with the children in an orphanage
    
·     Help cook/serve meals at an orphanage
    
·     Write letters to children at an orphanage or hospital
    
·     Draw/paint pictures to decorate the walls of an orphanage or children’s hospital
    
·     Collect clothes for children in need
    
·     Make greeting cards for a special holiday (Mothers/Fathers Day, New Year’s Day, a religious
       holiday, etc.) and give them to to children at an orphanage or hospital  

    
·     Find out the birthdays of children at an orphanage and do something special for each of
       them, or for all those during each month for a full year
 

Animals
    
·      Help to clean up an animal shelter
    
·     Help feed the animals at an animal shelter

Drives
    
·     Organize a canned food drive and donate the goods to an elderly home/orphanage
    
·     Organize a clothes drive and donate the goods to an elderly home/orphanage
    
·     Organize a furniture drive and donate them to an elderly home/orphanage
    
·     Organize a toy drive for children and repair/paint the toys if needed
    
·     Set up a recycling drive or recycling center

Libraries

    
·     Collect new and used books for a public or school library  
    
·     Organize a used book sale and donate the money to an institution in need
    
·     Hold a storytelling session for children at a library
    
·     Take a group of orphans or others on a fieldtrip to a local library
    
·     Adopt a children’s section of a library
    
·     Decorate a children’s section of a library
    
·     Help organize or cover books
    
·     Set up a long-term volunteer program at a local library (to shelve, register books, have reading
      sessions, themes, summer reading programs, etc…)

    
·     Collect comfortable furniture for a children’s reading section of a library
    
·     Tutor in a study room at a public library
    
·     Teach literacy and love of reading at a public library
    
·     If no public library exists in the community, begin a campaign to establish a library and make sure it
       includes a children’s section

Extras
    
·     For schools: have your service project be connected to the curriculum of any class subject (this is
      called “service learning”), then write an essay about the experience

    
·     Develop a play/skit/puppet show about a special cause and perform it to others
    
·     Various types of fundraisers for different institutions (car wash, …)
    
·     Help with paperwork (stuffing envelopes…) for an organization
    
·     Hold an introductory computer session for parents/adults
    
·     Organize a bike-a-thon (or tricycles, roller blades, scooters) as a fundraiser
    
·     Write and perform a discussion/lecture/play about drug and alcohol abuse or some other social issue
    
·     Research local history and publish a guide about your community/village/city
    
·     Spend a day serving the needs of prisoners at a prison

NOTE 1:   For long-term Global Youth Service Days projects, one can either start or end the project, or give recognition for it during the official days of GYSD

 

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