Youth groups, high school honor societies, college clubs and many other types of organizations and individuals take part in community service projects regularly. As a member of one of these groups, or an individual who wants to help his community, deciding on the best project to pursue can be difficult. To choose the right project, consider any social issues that may be related to your group or personal beliefs, how much time you have to spend on the project, and whether the project will be a one-time experience or an ongoing service.
Homelessness is a widespread problem all over the world. Many organizations exist that you or your group can volunteer for by building shelter for homeless families. If you are not capable of the manual labor necessary for building a house, consider volunteering in a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Shelters and soup kitchens are always in need of donations if your group prefers to raise funds as a form of community service.
Animals are abused and abandoned daily in the United States. Non-profit organizations like the Humane Society and the ASPCA exist to provide temporary shelter for these animals and raise awareness about animal rights issues. Groups and individuals can volunteer at local animal shelters and collect donations for animal rights organizations. Raise awareness about animal abuse by creating posters and handing out fliers in public places as a service project on its own.
The elderly are an important part of every community. Nursing homes are in constant need of friendly volunteers to talk with residents, play games and conduct other activities. Groups can volunteer by singing carols at elder care facilities during the holiday season. Many cities also have hot meal delivery programs for elderly shut-ins.
Organizing a drive to collect needed items provides an excellent one-time community service project. Partner with a local food bank to run a food drive during the holidays. Because inner city and rural school districts frequently need supplies, consider collecting school supplies to donate during the late summer and early fall. Around the holidays, groups can partner with organizations like the Salvation Army to collect new toys to be donated to families who could not otherwise afford presents for their children.
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