1. How do you like to spend your time? What are your interests?
2. What skills do you have to can share with others?
3. Do you want to serve with time, money, or professional skills?
1. Contact a local ministry and ask if they need help in their office.
2. Help prepare food at a soup kitchen.
3. Contact a local thrift store and ask to help sort donated items.
4. Call a hospice center and ask if there are errands you can run for their patients.
5. Do yard work for an elderly neighbor.
6. Call someone who has recently had a baby and volunteer to take their other children to the park.
7. Bake cookies and take them to the police or fire station.
8. Collect toys for the cancer ward of your children’s hospital.
9. Hold a crayon and coloring book drive for an under privileged daycare.
10. Collect story books from your neighborhood and take them to a daycare that serves under privileged children.
11. Hold an art camp or dance camp for under privileged children for a week during the summer.
12. Tutor students at your community center.
13. Pick up trash and/or do yard work at a church in a poor area.
14. Bake cookies or bring snacks to a community center that provides after school care for low-income families.
15. Go door-to-door in the neighborhood collecting canned goods.
16. Have a lemonade stand or car wash to raise money for a ministry that provides clean water for third world countries.
17. Write thank you notes to veterans and deliver them to the VA hospital.
18. Contact a low-income nursing home to arrange for a sing-a-long or children’s choir performance.
19. Knit stocking caps and/or blankets and deliver to a cancer clinic.
20. Offer to babysit for an evening for a single mother.
21. Offer to drive carpool for a family who is going through a difficult season.
22. Write a note of encouragement to someone who may be struggling.
23. Befriend a widow and take your children to visit regularly.
24. Clean out closets and donate gently used clothing, toys, games, and books to the social services department for foster kids to use.
25. Provide respite care for foster parents.
26. Hold a bake sale to raise money to provide school uniforms for a foster child.
27. Cook and deliver a meal to a widower.
28. Mow the grass of a neighbor who is out of town.
29. Hold a free car wash for all the neighbors on your street.
30. Make goodie bags for the homeless. Fill a plastic zipper bag with a bottle of water, a pack of crackers, hand wipes, a travel size deodorant and shampoo, and a pair of socks. Keep them in your car and give to people collecting money at intersections.
31. Collect old towels and money for pet food. Deliver to an animal shelter.
32. Pick up trash and pull weeds at a local park or community center.
33. Offer to run errands for an elderly neighbor or church friend. Make a grocery run, swing by the pharmacy, or give them a ride to church.
34. When bad weather is coming, call an elderly neighbor or single mother to check on them.
35. Help a senior citizens with simple fix-it projects around the house like changing lightbulbs or cleaning gutters.
36. Plant a vegetable garden. Take some of your produce to a local shelter or soup kitchen, or share with a struggling family.
37. Pull trash cans in for your neighbors.
38. Leave a note of thanks for your mail carrier or delivery persons.
39. Volunteer to sort donations at a local non-profit.
40. Make no-sew blankets for the Linus Project.
41. Make and deliver lunches for the homeless nearby.