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What can I do to help my Community?

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    What can I do to help my community?

     

    I wish I had a site like this to come to when I first started in 89. I had to learn it all by doing. One of my problems as a beginner was trying to figure out just what things I could do to be of any help to anyone. So if you are just getting started here is a list ready made for you. No one expects you to do everything listed, but even if you do one of these things you are already well ahead of most of our society. So many people simply set at home and think “I'm just one person, what can I do?”

     

     

    List of things you can do to serve your community.

     

    Here is partial list of things you can do help your own communities.

     

    Try to feed one homeless person each day. It may be the only meal they've had in days.

    Buy a bag of groceries and donate it to your local food banks and shelters.

    If you have a well behaved dog talk to your local Nursing homes about bringing it over. A furry face lifts everyone's spirits.

    Donate blood. Each pint can save up to three lives.

    Take a CPR course. You never know when you might need it.

    Donate your used clothes and housewares to charity. One person's trash is another person's treasure. Your old sweater might help keep someone warm rather than hang unused in the back of your closet.

    By joining a bone marrow registry like “One Match”, you could be saving someone's life someday.

    The next time you go grocery shopping buy a large bag of dog food or cat food and donate it to your local animal shelter.

    Take a pocket full of quarters and each time you see a parking meter about to expire feed it into it.

    Help keep your city clean. Go out and start picking up trash and disposing of it.

    Volunteer your time. Volunteer to help feed the elderly at a nursing home. Volunteer to read to sick children in the hospital.

    Spray paint over graffiti, especially gang signs.

    Buy a phone card and donate it to a homeless shelter for them to give to someone.

    Create care packages for the homeless. They need more than food and water. They can use

    toothpaste and brushes, antiperspirant, dry socks, combs, razors, etc.

    Join “Save the Children”. It's only 25 dollars a month. I sponsored a child in Thailand.

    Send mail to “Cards for Hospitalized Kids” which delivers cards to kids in US hospitals.

    Help a teacher get the supplies needed for class. Donors Choose.org let’s you support schools and teachers in your community so students can get the tools, supplies and experiences they need for a great education. Here’s an opportunity where a small donation will make a big difference. DonersChoose.org let’s you support schools and teachers in your community so students can get the tools, supplies and experiences they need for a great education.

    Collect soda can pull tabs and donate them to “The Ronald McDonald House” for sick children and their families. The charity gets paid for these.

    Sign up to be an organ donor. Your organs could save lives or help the blind to see. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.

    Donate stuffed animals or other toys to a children's hospital.

    During the holiday season, answer a letter to Santa from a needy child. Visit your local participating post office to get a letter from an underprivileged child, buy a gift and mail your package.

    Send a care package to deployed troops, veterans, or wounded soldiers. Write a thank-you letter and include some food (no homemade or canned food allowed). If you’re under 18, make sure to sign your letter with your first name only. Take a look at Operation Gratitude or Give2Troops to learn what to donate and who to send it to.

    Check out DoSomething.org You can choose the cause you're passionate about, specify how much time you have available, and select the type of service in which you want to participate (donations, face to face, hosting events, taking a stand, etc.). Some examples include helping friends stop texting and driving, raising awareness about domestic violence, and creating activity books for children in hospitals. Volunteer on your schedule at your own pace!

    Donate children’s books, novels, and other reading materials to shelters, libraries, and school.

    Write a letter to your Congressman about an issue that you care about.

    Offer to rake leaves, shovel the walk, or do housework for an elderly neighbor

    Plant a tree on Arbor Day.

    Trick or Treat for Unicef. Collect money to donate door to door on Halloween.

    Hold a yard sale and donate the money to charity.

    Donate your time or money to the Red Cross.

     

    Don't think one person can make a difference? Here are some hero teens and what they did.



    1. Jonathan Woods established the Under the Tree foundation at 12, when he realized that teens are often overlooked during toy drives.

    2. Neha Gupta began her non-profit at the age of 9! Her organization, Empower Orphans, has helped more than 25,000 children globally.

    1. Jordyn Schara founded WI P2D2 (Wisconsin Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal) when she turned 14, which works to dispose of drugs in an environmentally friendly and safe way.

      4. A 10-year-old Zach Certner started his organization, SNAP, as an athletic program for children with special needs.

    5. Shannon McNamara started SHARE, a non-profit that provides thousands of girls in Africa with books and school supplies, when she was 15.

    6. Kalin Konrad started her annual backyard carnival for Alzheimer’s when she was in 5th grade.

    Kalin originally began the event when her grandmother was diagnosed with the disease.13-year-old Claire Fraise wanted to give dogs who would be euthanized a second chance with her organization, Lucky Tails Animal Rescue.

    7. Former anorexic teens Liana Rosenman and Kristina Saffran decided to start Project HEAL to raise money for teens who needed treatment for eating disorders

    8. LuLu Cerone founded LemonAID warriors at 10 years old to help other kids make social activism part of their social lives.

    1. Wanting to end hunger, Katie Stagliano, now 14, started planting fruits and vegetables in her garden to help the hungry. Her organization, Katie's Krops, has helped feed thousands of people so far.

       

      I hope these ideas will be helpful to you. Help whoever you can.

       

      Knight-Hood