Ideas for Service Projects

GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAYS SERVICE PROJECT IDEAS
 

Senior Citizens

  • Paint an empty wall in an elderly home
  • Help cook/serve meals at an elderly home
  • Spend a day at an elderly home (games, songs, skits, etc…)
  • Raise money to purchase wheelchairs and other equipment for an elderly home
  • Car wash/window wash for senior citizens living in their homes in your neighborhood
  • Write letters to an elderly home
  • Offer to help a senior citizen shop for groceries
  • Bring plants to an elderly home and offer to take care of them
  • Draw/paint pictures to decorate the walls of an elderly home/hospital
  • Adopt a senior citizen or a “grand-friend” for long-term commitment
  • Create toiletry kits for senior citizens
  • Make greeting cards for a special holiday (Mothers/Fathers Day, New Year’s Day, a religious holiday, etc.) and give them to individuals at an elderly home
  • Find out the birthdays of the residents of an elderly home and do something special for each of them, or for all those during each month for a full year
     

The Environment

  • Clean up an empty lot
  • Collect materials that could be recycled from people’s homes
  • River cleanup
  • Highway cleanup
  • Beach cleanup
  • Park cleanup
  • Make art out of recycled materials and decorate institutions
  • Make “no littering” signs for the streets of your neighborhood
  • Study local environmental problems and construct a plan to solve it
     

Those With Special Needs

  • Offer to help physically disabled/visually impaired people shop for groceries
  • Read books and record them on tape for the visually impaired
  • Offer to take visually impaired individuals to the cinema or to a play
  • Spend a day at an elderly home (games, songs, skits, etc…)
  • Hold a local sports day for those with special needs
  • Hold a non-competitive sports day bringing those with and without special needs together
  • Volunteer to help direct a play/puppet show/ skit/dance for those with special needs
     

Advocacy:
Organize or participate in programs concerned with changing policy and social behavior regarding:

  • Human rights
  • Rights of the disabled
  • Rights of women
  • Rights of the elderly  
  • Rights of children
  • Protection of animals
  • Protection of the environment
  • Democratic elections
  • Elimination of corruption
     

Neighborhood Enhancement

  • Paint murals/beautify walls on the street
  • Plant and tend flowers on the street
  • Plant and tend a vegetable garden and donate the produce to an institution in need (or start/end the project and publicize it on GYSD)
  • Make a playground in a park

Literacy/Learning

  • Tutor a student
  • Organize a used book sale and donate the money to an institution in need
  • Collect new and used books to give to a hospital, orphanage, school, or library
     

Children

  • Take a group children in need (orphans, poor, etc,) to an animal shelter or other activity place
  • Bring plants to an orphanage and offer to take care of them or teach the children how to take care of them
  • Read books to children in orphanages or hospitals
  • Spend a day at an orphanage (games, songs, skits, etc…)
  • Have storytelling sessions for children at the local public library
  • Take a group of children in need to the public library for a day of activities
  • Paint an empty wall with the children in an orphanage
  • Help cook/serve meals at an orphanage
  • Write letters to children at an orphanage or hospital
  • Draw/paint pictures to decorate the walls of an orphanage or children’s hospital
  • Collect clothes for children in need
  • Make greeting cards for a special holiday (Mothers/Fathers Day, New Year’s Day, a religious holiday, etc.) and give them to to children at an orphanage or hospital  
  • Find out the birthdays of children at an orphanage and do something special for each of them, or for all those during each month for a full year
     

Animals

  • Help to clean up an animal shelter
  • Help feed the animals at an animal shelter
     

Drives

  • Organize a canned food drive and donate the goods to an elderly home/orphanage
  • Organize a clothes drive and donate the goods to an elderly home/orphanage
  • Organize a furniture drive and donate them to an elderly home/orphanage
  • Organize a toy drive for children and repair/paint the toys if needed
  • Set up a recycling drive or recycling center
     

Libraries

  • Collect new and used books for a public or school library  
  • Organize a used book sale and donate the money to an institution in need
  • Hold a storytelling session for children at a library
  • Take a group of orphans or others on a fieldtrip to a local library
  • Adopt a children’s section of a library
  • Decorate a children’s section of a library
  • Help organize or cover books
  • Set up a long-term volunteer program at a local library (to shelve, register books, have reading sessions, themes, summer reading programs, etc…)
  • Collect comfortable furniture for a children’s reading section of a library
  • Tutor in a study room at a public library
  • Teach literacy and love of reading at a public library
  • If no public library exists in the community, begin a campaign to establish a library and make sure it includes a children’s section
     

Extras

  • For schools: have your service project be connected to the curriculum of any class subject (this is called “service learning”), then write an essay about the experience
  • Develop a play/skit/puppet show about a special cause and perform it to others
  • Various types of fundraisers for different institutions (car wash, …)
  • Help with paperwork (stuffing envelopes…) for an organization
  • Hold an introductory computer session for parents/adults
  • Organize a bike-a-thon (or tricycles, roller blades, scooters) as a fundraiser
  • Write and perform a discussion/lecture/play about drug and alcohol abuse or some other social issue
  • Research local history and publish a guide about your community/village/city
  • Spend a day serving the needs of prisoners at a prison

 

GYSD Lebanon General Information
GYSD Lebanon Participation Guidelines
Pre-Project Information Form (due April 6)
Information about registering on the international GYSD
How to Plan and Implement a Project
(pdf file)
List of Youth Service Project Ideas (pdf file