One of the most rewarding experiences a young person can have is serving their community and making others smile. Whether you are part of a youth group or club or acting on your own, serving others is an incredibly rewarding experience. Community service is something that everyone should be excited to be a part of. While many regard service projects as a boring and time-consuming task, that does not have to be the case. There are multiple ways to serve your community while having a great time. There are also plenty of creative ideas that you can use to improve the health of your community. Some involve directly engaging your local area, while others include charities that accept donated items.

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Habitat for Humanity is a proven organization that accepts many products as donations. You could hold a household item drive and donate all items collected to a ReStore.
  • Salvation Army Clothing Drive: A community clothing drive could help you gather donations for the Salvation Army. Check here for information on how to schedule a free pickup.
  • Ideas for 4-H and Youth: If your youth group or 4-H club would like some ideas for ways to serve your community, these suggestions are sure to spark your interest.
  • Ten Projects for Teens: Teenagers are awesome at making others smile. Here are ten ways that you can help make a difference!
  • Service Project Ideas: These ideas are creative and will help improve the health of your community.
  • Katie’s Krops: Start a garden to help feed the needy with Katie’s Krops and you’ll get growing tips, funding to help get your garden started, and the ability to apply for scholarships.
  • Soles4Souls: The gift of shoes can change the lives of people all over the world.
  • Projects for Kids: The projects suggested here are great for both kids and teens.
  • Care Packages for Troops: It’s amazing how seemingly small items like toothpaste can bring a smile to a soldier’s face. Read about Operation Shoebox to learn how to create and donate care packages for the troops.
  • Sock Drives: Socks play a huge role in the health of the homeless and others during tough times. Hannah’s Socks is a great place to donate your socks.
  • Improving the Environment: There are many ways students can have a positive impact on the environment right in their own back yard.
  • MLK Day of Service: Here are some great project ideas that you can do on the annual MLK Day of Service or every day of the year.
  • Fitness for Good: This page outlines how you can walk, run, or ride your bike in order to raise awareness for a cause.
  • Hats for the Homeless: Hats can help save the life of a homeless person. Check here to see how your group can donate.
  • Five Favorite Community Service Projects: Here are five great ideas that your group can easily set up and begin working on.
  • Service Project Ideas: There are countless ways you can make a difference in others’ lives. Here are several more suggestions for serving your community.
  • Water Conservation Activities: Learn here how to educate others on the importance of water safety and how to improve the quality of water in your area.
  • Teens for Jeans: Teenagers can greatly affect the lives of the homeless by donating their jeans to this cause.
  • Organize a Book Drive: Collect books to help kids improve their reading skills.
  • School Garden: Creating a garden at your school is a great way to encourage community improvement and to teach gardening skills.
  • Projects to Serve: Here are even more ways that you can serve the community in a fun way. Either on a special day of service or a free weekend, you can put these into action.
  • Warm Up America: This organization accepts knitted items that go to those who are in need of warmth and protection from the elements.
  • Hygiene Kits: These kits will be sent to people in America and around the world who have been affected by poverty or natural disasters. World Vision is well-known for their work in this area.
  • Community Service Ideas: These are some categories of service along with ideas on how to improve people’s lives.
  • Kids Giving Back: No matter how old someone is, there are ways for them to serve the community. Check here for multiple ideas for how kids and teens can get involved and information about why community service matters.