Wanted to Help Someone But Didn't Really Know Where to Start?
Here are some ideas as well as resources to get you started!
your Community by Hosting a Volunteer Day in your Neighborhood!
What You Do!
Call all the Kids in your neighborhood and ask them to participate in
organizing a Volunteer Day.
Gather everyone who wants to help for a planning party.
Have everyone bring paper and pen/pencil.
the Planning Party:
Storm: Come up with ideas of what to do in your community.
you need some help with ideas, here are a few:
an older person's yard
up trash on your block
your neighbors with their gardening
Visit or put on a show at an elderly community (Talk to an adult
for help or permission)
Make personalized Cards for an elderly community or a children's
Toys/Clothes for a Children's Home or Women's Shelter.
are lots of ways you can help your community! If you need more ideas,
take a look at some of the programs one of our KidVision
Kids started when she was only 12. Now she has the largest teen
volunteer organization in the country!
Now, Set a date for your Volunteer Day.
Write up a list of everything you will need for the Volunteer Day.
Collecting: Have everyone bring at least one trash bag and water.
Gardening: Talk to a neighbor about helping them (ask if they need
help; ask what day and time your group could help; ask if they have
enough tools for all of your group? If not, ask your parents if
you could borrow their tools.)
or put on a show for an Elderly Community: Find an Elderly Community,
Call and ask if your group can come over and visit or put on a show.
Ask what day and time would be best. Ask
a parent/adult for permission and a ride to the Elderly Community.
all in your group the date and time and place.
a list for everyone with all the things they will need to bring!
you are putting on a show, making cards, or collecting toys/clothes,
you will need to have additional planning and creating/practice meetings
before the Volunteer Day. So schedule how many meetings you
need and make sure everyone has a copy of the schedule.
BIG day has arrived! Meet everyone at the specified meeting place and
time (Remember your water and everything else on your list)
HAVE FUN! Helping your community doesn't have to be serious or boring.
Make it fun! Think of ways to bring fun and laughter into your day!
That is what it is all about. Fun for You and your Friends and the Community!
your Volunteer Day is finished, be sure to clean up anything
you brought. Thank everyone who was involved and congratulate yourself
and all the other participants for a job well done! AWESOME JOB!
a story about your experience of helping your community and submit it
to the local newspaper, the local community paper or the school paper.
They love stories like this. Oh, and send it to us, we would love to
hear about it! We might even post it on our site for other Kids to read
you liked your Volunteer Day, why not plan one once a month, or once
every 2-3 months. They can be the same thing or different each time...whatever
you can imagine, you can create! It is so much fun to help others and
it feels really good to know you have made a difference in someone else's
out the ManaTeens
Website for more volunteer activity ideas and guidance. They are
the largest in the country and help other Kids to start their own volunteer
activities in their neighborhoods!
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