Many colleges want to see what kinds of community service applicants have done during high school. Thankfully, there are many community service ideas to try out.
Here’s a brief list of community service ideas to use if you haven’t found the time to provide service just yet for college applications.
Helping Out Kids
- Begin tutoring students at your school in subjects that you’re strong at, or start a peer tutoring program
- Become a summer camp counselor or help volunteer with children’s programs at a local community center
- Help coach a local youth sports team
- Volunteer to read at your local library to children
- Teach mini classes or lessons at an after-school program or daycare center for pre-school kids
- Contact your local high school or community mentorship program and become a mentor
Helping Promote Safety
- Volunteer to help at a local police or fire station
- Become a certified lifeguard and volunteer your help at a local pool and/or beach
- Help clean up graffiti damage in your neighborhood
- Help organize a self-defense class
- Volunteer your time at a drug prevention program
- Start a neighborhood watch program to promote safety
- Teach a home-alone safety class from small kids
- Volunteer as a crossing guard for a local elementary school
Helping Out Schools
- Start or work with a local anti-bullying program
- Work with students to help maintain the school premises, e.g., picking up trash, helping plant a garden, help paint areas with school officials’ permission
- Collect prom outfits to donate to students who have problems affording them.
- Start a food pantry at a school to hold canned goods and other useful nonperishables like toiletries.
- Collect backpacks and other school supplies for families who have trouble affording them.
- Seek out donations for books and other supplies, leading to a fundraiser to help out.
Helping Out The Community At Large
- Help paint local park benches
- Donate used books to your library
- Volunteer your time as a tour guide for a local museum
- Help plant flowers and other plants in public areas
- Organize a campaign to raise money for new playground equipment
- Volunteer time to help organize a community-hosted parade
- Help clean up a vacant public lot
- Adopt a section of highway and spend time cleaning up trash alongside it
- Help fix or raise money for a run-down playground or park
- Help local clean up efforts after a natural disaster occurs
Helping Out The Homeless
- Volunteer time at a local soup kitchen or food bank
- Host a Thanksgiving dinner for people or donate supplies to a local food bank hosting a dinner
- Organize a food or clothing drive for a local shelter
- Help build homes with Habitat For Humanity for the homeless
- Help buy Christmas gifts or participate in a Toys 4 Tots program during the holidays
- Provide free babysitting service for families that need childcare help
- Become a Big Buddy or mentor to a child at a homeless shelter
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