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Community Service Ideas and Opportunities

Community Service Opportunities

Community Service for Teenagers

Nowadays, community service among young teens is rare. If that were to change, then someone’s whole world could change for the better. Any act of kindness to anyone at all can save lives, and that is an amazing thing to be a part of.

Volunteer Organizations

Organization Age Requirement Parent Supervision Description Website
Gulf Coast Humane Society 13-15 years Required Socializing with the Animals (playing with the cats and dogs) http://www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org/volunteer.html
Harry Chapin Food Bank 14 years minimum Required if 14 Sorting food, mobile food bank http://www.harrychapinfoodbank.org/donate/volunteer
Animal Refuge Center 10-15 Not Required Events, fundraisers, educational promotions http://animalrefugecenter.com/become-a-volunteer/
Ding Darling Wildlife Society All ages (Reasonable) Required if 15 or younger Events, fundraisers, programs, etc. https://www.dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/volunteering-and-internships
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium All ages “Reasonable” Required Animal care, office work, special events http://calusanature.org/become-a-volunteer/
Lee County Library System Ninth grade or younger Required Reader’s theater, special events, Book and short story discussions http://www.leegov.com/library/about/support/volunteers
Friendship Centers +13 N/A Delivering Meals to homes http://friendshipcenters.org/Volunteers/LeeRSVP.aspx
Remember: if you are part of a church or similar organization, you could find volunteering to do for them as well.

Do-it-Yourself Community Service

Subject Project
Animals/Environment Plant a tree for Arbor or Earth Day
Animals/Environment Campaign for more sidewalks and bike lanes
Animals/Environment Spread word about invasive species (plant or animal)
Animals/Environment Help fund a community garden
Helping the Hungry/Homeless Organize a food drive at your church or school to donate to a local food bank
Helping the Hungry/Homeless Get a group together to assemble packages with toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
Helping the Hungry/Homeless Donate old clothes/toys/books/etc. to a local homeless shelter
Helping the Hungry/Homeless Organize a condiments drive to gather things like salt and pepper to donate to a local food bank
Nursing Homes & etc. Create cards for birthdays and holidays for a local nursing home
Nursing Homes & etc. Volunteer to read and talk to the elderly in a nursing home
Nursing Homes & etc. Prepare a meal or baked goods for somebody homebound
Nursing Homes & etc. Organize a “game day” at a local nursing home to play board games.
Around the Neighborhood Volunteer to clean up a community park
Around the Neighborhood Help a neighbor with yard work or another chore
Around the Neighborhood Campaign to install more street lights, etc.
Around the Neighborhood

Remember: don’t be afraid to try your own community project, no matter what size impact it has

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