Community service is an activity that
you volunteer for that in some way benefits members of your community. The promotion of volunteerism, i.e. a favorable attitude toward
volunteer work in the minds of individuals, is seen as the primary purpose of community
service activities. As it directly benefits
to the community through the work performed. Community
service includes activities such as:
- Volunteering in a hospital.
- Volunteering in a local lawmakers office.
- Volunteering in a youth center or day care center.
- Volunteering in a local community center like a library.
- Volunteering to work with children, tutoring or coaching.
See the attached list as a partial
resource of possible community service activities. Please feel free to be original and
seek out new activities and ideas.
Before starting with a community service activity one should
keep in mind that one does not get paid for a community service as the idea here is to volunteer ones time to help out an
individual or community at large without getting some thing in return.
Benefits of Community
A community service
activity has a lot of benefits some of which are mentioned below:
Ø It helps individuals understand the real world and common-sense
Ø It helps individuals understand the needs of the community.
Ø It brings people closer together.
Ø Individuals should give something back to the community.
Ø Community service teaches the importance of altruism; less
self-absorption; more consideration of others.
Ø Community service is a means by which the community gets something in
return for providing an education.
Ø Community service makes for better citizenship. (It is a sort of laboratory hands-on
Ø It would ease the financial burden on government; it provides the
community a source of free help.
Ø In families where both parents work, students would see community
involvement (as occurred in an earlier era).
Ø It would broaden ones outlook or horizons.
Ø It would possibly lead to career goals, or help in career choice.
Ø It would keep youngsters usefully occupied, out of restaurants.
Ø Community service satisfies a need to fill some of the emptiness of
Ø Youngsters would be giving back the many gifts theyve received.
Ø It would make young individuals more aware of and more caring for
their fellows (character building); it teaches self-absorbed teens awareness of others
needs and problems.
Ø It would give practical experience to augment book knowledge.
Ø Youngsters need to be made aware of the great need for volunteerism.
Ø It could keep Teenagers out of harms way (drugs, gangs, sex,
Requirement of a Community Service Activity
It is a must for the participant of
a community service activity to write a 2-3 page typed report describing and evaluating
his/her experience. The report should include the following:
- Personal prejudgments about the service activity.
- A thorough description of the activity.
- An evaluation of the activity and its effectiveness in the
- What you got out of participating in a community service
This report then should be shared with a wider
audience of students and teachers around the globe through online interactive forums of
Possible Community Service Activities
Listed below are a number of places in the community, which
typically welcome volunteer assistance. One may find an activity here, which interests you
or, perhaps, bears some relationship to a field you have identified as an option for you
in your future.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
- Helping the disadvantaged, ill and disabled
an abused child with a senior citizen through outings
Food Donations- Leftovers for the hungry
Animals- for emergency shelters
of barely used shoes
items for foster children
shows and raffle
baskets for homeless
toys, books for needy children
Hungry Kids- food bank
helping raise money for needy
a family with a disabled child
canned food drive the day before a festival
meals to the hungry
for a deaf institute
lunches for the homeless
stories to children, seniors, and homeless
money for festival gifts for needy children
raising for continuing scholarships
reading materials for homeless teens
Shopping with the Disadvantaged
books and eyeglasses for the needy
for hospitals and homeless shelters
for Sporting Equipment
4th and 5th grade girls positive female role models
for children at a homeless shelter
stand against child abuse
stand against child labor
stand against drugs
auctions for the Homeless
for natural disaster victims
items for children placed in foster care
Used Clothes to Buy Textbooks
support of homeless children by formerly homeless children
raising for boy needing surgery and not able to afford it
Camp For the Disabled
for Life- cancer walk
gift items for pediatric patients , Alzheimers Patient
Money for Transplant
Girl Scouts with little girls with disabilities
a big brother or sister to young cancer patient
elderly patients in hospital
time with the disabled
Money for a Cause
Parents of an Aids Patient
Blankets for Nursing Home Residents
Cheer-Up- Make homemade cards for nursing home residents, military, shut-ins
Visually Impaired Children
Animals for Displaced Children
siblings of sick children cope
for American Lung Association
Tutoring For Special Needs Students
AGAINST SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND VIOLENCE
and Alcohol Free Environment to Parents and Children
Against Violence Everywhere
and safety demonstrations for awareness
awareness relating Child Abuse
IMPROVING COMMUNITY FACILITIES
Tables- Build them for any community area
up the beach
up an area
up Highways and Ditches
Park Clean up or Restoration
Rid of Graffiti
Tribute to the Town History
Babysitting- At open house, conferences, meeting time
Training- Train teachers, seniors, children
Safety Class for Children
Card Program- Send Birthday and Get Well cards to nursing home residents
Awareness for Children
ART AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cards and sell to raise money for a cause
Registration- Sign up the 18 year olds
ENGINEERING, SCIENCE, AND ENVIRONMENT
Clean Up Day
a Stop to Erosion
Gifts- donation-matching agreement
a Youth Chamber of Commerce
Training- Train teachers, seniors, children
Prepared by Sarah Alam.