4-H VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SERIES
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Ideas for Community Service Projects
There are many community service projects waiting to be done. The key to a
successful project is matching the project to the ages and skills of the youth and the
resources available to use in completing the project. This list provides some ideas for
possible community service projects.
Adventure Programming Food, Nutrition and Fitness
• Coordinate a community drive to • Volunteer at a homeless shelter or
collect used bicycles. Donate bikes community food pantry.
to community agency that will give • Sponsor a food drive for food pantry.
bikes to kids. • Prepare holiday food baskets for shut-ins.
• Spiff-up and fix-up a community • Provide snacks for blood mobile.
playground. • Sponsor a community holiday coffee.
• Sponsor a community walk, run, or Plants, Soils and Gardening
biking activity to encourage fitness. • Work with a community agency to
• Check out walking, biking, and set up a community garden. Donate
snowmobile trails and update signs produce to people who don’t have a
and pick up trash. garden.
• Work with a local senior center to • Help residents of a nursing home set
coordinate activities such as games up container gardens of vegetables
or dances. or plants.
• Adopt a grandparent. • Catalog plants or trees in park or
Animal Projects wildlife area.
• Organize a visiting pet program for • Plant trees/flowers in park or other
nursing homes, elementary schools, community area.
senior centers etc. Science and Technology
• Volunteer at the local humane • Organize a recycling program.
society. • Plan a park clean-up day or community
• Donate dog/cat food to a local clean-up.
animal shelter. • Present a disaster preparedness program
Clothing and Textiles for schools and day cares in what to do in
• Sponsor a coat drive and donate to case of tornado or flood.
a shelter. Shooting Sports
• Make a quilt or blanket for a • Present a program or display on firearm
homeless shelter. and bow safety.
• Sponsor a mitten and scarf tree with • Volunteer to help with local hunter safety
items to be donated to a pre-school. program.
• Create television and radio ads. Source: Diem, K. G. Revised 2001. New Jersey 4-H leader Training
Aufdenkamp. B. Community service ideas. Welcome to 4-H!! . Series- 10 Steps Toward Performing a Successful Community
Basics for New 4-H Leaders. UNL Extension 4-H. Service Project .Rutgers Cooperative Extension.