As its names imply, community services are when you offer services that are beneficial to your community. If you think that sounds a bit broad, that’s because it is—and it can take in many forms since there’s plenty of things you can do to help people in your area.
If you’re looking for inspiration or an idea for your next or first community service project, here are some of the best ones you can try.
Run Errands for the Community
If you have the time and are willing to run errands for your community to help out, doing random acts can go a long way. You can help out with people who’re sick, aging, or busy with work or childcare. For instance, you can help individuals busy with work get quotes or costs for restaurant franchises, take busy parents’ kids home from school, rake leaves for elderly neighbors.
Collect Things for the Community
If you know the place around your community well, you’ll likely find a couple of organizations or individuals that accept donations. These include food pantries, family or homeless shelters, and schools. You can collect willing donatees and the supplies and bring them to these respective organizations. For instance, collect backpacks and other school supplies and bring them to a school in need in your area.
Teach the Community
If you have the knack for teaching and are qualified to do so, share your talent with your community by offering lessons and tutors. You can do this by helping children with their homework, teaching underclassmen about safe social media practices, providing free instrumental, vocal lessons, coaching local school sports teams, and teaching older individuals with life internet skills.
Offer Repairs in the Community
If you have some skills in repairing or fixing things, put that talent to good use and help out in your community. Things you can do include helping a local organization build fences, restoring run-down playgrounds, helping neighbors with repairs, or giving IT help to local audits.
Host Things in the Community
If you love planning events or being in front of crowds, share that talent with your community by hosting something that can bring your community together. After all, the best thing about doing community services is that you can do it with friends—and make some more along the way. Event ideas include hosting bake scales, clothing swaps, holiday meals, competitive book drives, dog wash, river clean-up, gardening parties, and study groups.
Make Things For the Community
Nothing beats receiving a handmade gift made with time, effort, and love, and expecting plenty of individuals and organizations that would genuinely appreciate the craft. Things you can make can range from knitting scarves for families in homeless shelters, baking cookies for food banks, making quilts, writing letters for seniors in care facilities, and designing a community mural. Make and send these items to the different facilities mentioned or your preferred one to make some people’s day a bit brighter.
Whether you’re organizing a service project for school or want to do it yourself, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of helping out your community while building lasting relationships—making it a win-win situation for everyone. Try any of the ideas mentioned for your next community service project.