The final local service deadline is approaching – less than 3 months to get all 80 hours logged and verified! Miscellaneous service hours might seem hard to come by… But opportunities are available everywhere you look! Check out some ideas below:
1. Use the Local Service Directory to find miscellaneous service opportunities. There are “featured opportunities” on the first page!
2. Reach out to the Service Club (Interact, NHS, Key Club) at your school and see if you can help with their next project.
3. Spring is coming! Do yard work or house cleaning for an elderly individual in your neighborhood.
4. Is there a children’s hospital in need of toys? Does a local homeless shelter need hygiene supplies? Host a drive for a nonprofit — you can count your time passing out flyers, collecting donations, and delivering donations!
5. Make needed items for local organizations (make monster pillows for a hospital, make blankets for a homeless shelter, etc!)
6. Volunteer at a food pantry — they frequently need help sorting donations.
7. Have some photography skills? Take photos during an event and donate them to the event organizers. Or raise money for pet causes by
organizing a pet photo session!
8. Let other volunteers know they’re appreciated. Organize a recognition program for the volunteers who lead community organizations.
9. Easter will be here soon! Conduct an Easter Egg Hunt for underprivileged children.
10. Take a nice walk in the park — bring a trash bag and clean up litter!
11. Play with dogs or hang out with cats at your local animal shelter.
12. Love sports? Serve as a volunteer coach for a youth sports team.
13. Are you in marital arts, dance, or theater? Get your group to give a demonstration at a youth center, nursing home or school.
14. Hey smarty pants! Become a volunteer tutor. If you excel in a particular subject, share that knowledge with other teens who are
struggling. Volunteer your services at a non-profit or let your teacher know that you’re available to help other students.
15. Have some spare time during a free-period or study hall? Volunteer to be a teacher’s aide!
16. Become a certified lifeguard and volunteer at a swimming pool.
17. Set up donation centers for animal products to be donated to shelters.
18. Donate art supplies to kids in a homeless shelter.
19. Set up a Saturday Reading Hour where you visit a homeless shelter once a month, bringing books to share and leave behind.
20. Do you like kids? Offer to nanny or baby-sit for free to a family in need. You can contact a local women’s shelter, department of social services, or church to volunteer your services.
About the Author
Youthlinc is a Utah-based 501c-3 nonprofit dedicated to creating lifetime humanitarians through local and international service. Learn more about our programs by visiting our website: www.youthlinc.org.