Community Service Ideas For Students

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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.

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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 for 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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