When trying to save the world, where is a mini Do Gooder to begin? Teach your family about community service and start a project today:
Take a look around you. Choose a topic that is important to you and affecting your community.
- Do you know someone that is being bullied?
- Does your family recycle?
- Are your school’s arts programs being cut?
Whatever the issue may be, the first step to addressing the problem is learning the ins and outs of it.
- Go to the public library, and ask the librarian to help you look for books on your topic
- Have your chrildren help you look online for information
- Read the local newspaper
- Interview your family and teachers on their opinion of the issue you choose
Remember whatever your issue, someone has gone through it before. Research how others have dealt with similar problems in the past. All you need to get started and successfully complete your project is out there. Set realistic goals and start planning what and who you will need to complete your project.
Once you have learned all you can, don’t just keep it to yourself. Start a project! Start a club or create a group to raise awareness in your community.
- Make an informative flyer on an issue that is import to you
- Organize a talent show that teaches the audience an important lesson
- Survey your neighborhood on an issue that is affecting the community and create a solution
- Start a petition
Whatever you do, no act is too small. If you can change one person’s mind or help one person have a better day, that is a success!
If you don’t want to start your own project there are plenty you can join. Start your search right now.
Every action has an effect on us. It doesn’t matter if it is a random act of kindness or a project we’ve invested months in. After a project, it’s important to check in with our groups and check in with ourselves. Ask questions like:
- What did I learn?
- What can I take away?
- Now that I know what is happening, how will my actions change?
- Is there more I can do?
It is easy to forget once an issue is seemingly fixed. Our successes can blind us to seeing the problem arising again or the new issues rising in its place. DO A FOLLOW UP! You can host a meeting, create a survey, or write an email.
- Coat Drive
- Collection Cans
- Car Wash
- Penny Harvest
- School Concert
- Animal cruelty
- Global warming
- Cuts in school programming
- Healthy living- obesity, exercise