Easy Volunteer Service Projects
Some thoughts on super simple service projects to get your club buzzing
Sometimes it's hard to come up with quality ideas for service projects within your community. For various reasons a large project may be out of the question, or just not quite what the group is looking for at present.
Small, easy projects ensure that your service club or volunteer group doesn't get stuck in a rut. They can keep you actively performing an interesting variety of projects, not just the same thing time and time again.
Low on ideas? Here are a few easy service and citizenship project ideas that may work for your club.
Why choose an "Easy" Service Project?
There are loads of reasons why you would be looking for an "Easy" Service Project. Here are just a few:
- When you need a quick and simple project just to kick things off.
- When you need a project to train up new members with.
- When you need to increase your standing in the community through a quick promotional activity.
- When you are low on funds.
- When you are low on members.
- When you are low on time.
- When your membership is burnt out and needs re-energising.
What Constitutes "Easy"?
Or, how do you know what to look for?
An "easy" service project should meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Short preparation time
- No special skills required
- Low cost or no cost
- Low time commitment
- Low manpower commitment
10 Easy Service Project Ideas To Get You Started
Rubbish Clean Up
Yard mowing and clean-ups for seniors
Collecting items for charity - such as blankets, warm clothing and toiletries
Holding Conversation Club or Have-A-Chat sessions - focus on the elderly or on English-Second-Language Students
Take flowers and have a visit with patients in the local hospital, or residents in the local nursing home
Hold an Old Time Movie Night fundraiser and show a silver screen classic
Craft / sew / knit / crochet / woodwork items to be given to those less fortunate or sold as a fundraiser
Enter a team or support a representative in a larger organisation's service or fundraising event (Shave For A Cure, Relay For Life etc)
Reading - read to the visually impaired, help youngsters learn to read or provide home library deliveries to those with mobility issues
Looking For Somewhere To Get Involved With This Kind Of Project?
If you're in Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Fiji or Indonesia and aged between 18 and 45 why not check out your local Apex clubs?
You can find out more information at the Apex Australia official website.
Better still, if you're in Ipswich, Queensland Australia, come and read more about the Apex Club of Ipswich (this links to the Club's Facebook page). Like the page to get regular news updates and photos of club activities and events delivered directly to your Facebook newsfeed.
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Do you have any great easy service project ideas? What kinds of projects have you found work best in your club? Thanks for sharing with us!