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What are some community service options for a school club?

Asked by HeartsLove7 (223 points ) September 18th, 2012

I recently got voted the president of community service for a school club. What are some programs and community service projects that the club can do?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Right now food security is at an all time low. Could you help out somehow with a food pantry or kitchen.?

HeartsLove7's avatar

Actually there is a soup kitchen in town. I hadn’t thought of that. Thank you for that! :)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

You could also do daycare type things, but that’s a lot more risks

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Food pantries and soup kitchens always need help as @Adirondackwannabe has pointed out. Your local library is also a good place to go, even if all you do is dust books.

Picking up litter in a park is also helpful. You can check with your local government parks department.

Contact your local mayor’s office to ask if there is a volunteer clearing house in your area. A clearing house will be a kind of one-stop shop for all volunteering needs in your town.

gailcalled's avatar

Volunteer to clean out garages and attics for seniors or shut-ins.

Sunny2's avatar

Visiting nursing homes; possibly reading to or playing cards with patients.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@HeartsLove7 I checked with a nursing home worker. They always need volunteers. If you have any care facilities they can use the help.

nofurbelowsbatgirl's avatar

Always around Halloween my daughter does this thing which all the proceeds go for the local cancer charity. The haunted house is held at a church, of course with an adults help, but they run a haunted house in the church, and then celebrate with a zombie walk. All volunteers and their hours doing this are tabbed as community hours

jsc3791's avatar

In what part of the country do you live? I am in Louisville, KY and work for the American Red Cross here. We work with high schools to set up Red Cross Clubs, where the students can help with preparedness, health and safety (teaching babysitting, first aid/CPR classes), disaster relief, working with donors at blood drives, raising money, service to the armed forces, etc.

I can send you some more information on your local chapter if you’d like. Just send me a private message.

Sorry, I’m just really passionate about what I do. After working in the “corporate” world for so long, it feels good to be with a humanitarian organization.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Congratulations on the new role! Not only does it look good on a university application and resume, but it provides the opportunity to learn leadership skills.

In addition to the suggestions above, it might be worthwhile considering a project on:
* Ecology: Is there an area that needs cleaning up, protection, or new growth?
* Sustainability: Is there an opportunity to generate awareness of going Green?
* Saving a landmark: Is there something in your area, be it a building or an eccentric part of the community’s history that needs restoration?
* Taking care of others: How about putting together a holiday dinner for a family in need, or raising money to buy them what they need to celebrate a holiday? There is also Habitat for Humanity.
* Avoiding unwanted teen pregnancy: It’s a touchy topic, but it needs to be addressed. There are ways to tactfully do it.

Your best bet for success is to brain-storm with the group. Find out what they want to do without allowing anyone to shut out an individual’s ideas. Then work from there. As a leader, it’s all about getting buy-in, as well as knowing what is realistic. And that is a whole other discussion.

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