Here are some service ideas to get your brain started thinking…
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- Make a meal at your local Ronald McDonald House! (This is super fun, especially with a bunch of friends, AND provides a home cooked meal for families staying at the hospital.)
- Check out the Volunteers of America website and look for opportunities where you live.
- Contact a local nursing home to ask if you can come in and play BINGO or (if you’re musically inclined) sing and talk with the residents.
- Bake cookies for someone who’s had a difficult week, or a meal for a new mom.
- Send cards to people – grandparents, friends, etc.
- Work with a community youth center. See if you can be a mentor for one of the kids or teens, help tutor at homework help sessions, or volunteer in some other way.
- Help out in one of your church’s Sunday school classes, on the worship team, or during clean up days, etc.
- Get a group of friends together and write cards to soldiers, kids with terminal illnesses, or others in need. Google it. There are different organizations you can send the cards through. (But make sure to find out first what you should/should not write on the cards.)
- Participate in one of the community walks to raise awareness and/or funds for good causes; i.e. Breast Cancer Walk, Relay for Life, etc.
- This one’s super fun: Go get a strip of pink put in your hair during Breast Cancer Awareness Month! At some salons, you can donate to help find a cure, and you’ll be raising awareness.
- Research a topic near and dear to your heart, and find out how you can get involved! I am extremely interested in eating disorder awareness, so during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, I attended some events that were held locally. Check your newspaper – seriously.
- Write little “coupons” to give to your parents or siblings; i.e., “This coupon is redeemable for help on your math homework at some point this week,” or “This coupon is redeemable for babysitting my siblings for an afternoon,” or “This coupon is redeemable for washing the dishes one night,” etc.
- You can also check out this super cool website: http://www.dosomething.org/whatsyourthing for tons more ways to get involved!
There are just a few ideas for you. Take it from here. Add to it!