Community service projects for kids can bring so much joy when you are working on a project together. When you work together on something that gives to others or benefits others, it fulfills a need in your life to do something significant that has a purpose.
Incorporating family service projects with your kids into your schedule can bring your family numerous blessings and much happiness. But sometimes it can be hard to come up with community service ideas.
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Why Should you do Family Service Projects with Your Kids?
As the seasons change, and new chapters of the year unfold, it is a great time to assess and intentionally plan for family activities that help your children to learn how to give to others. I recently watched a Ted Talk entitled “How to Be Happy Every Day: It Will Change the World,” by Jaqueline Way.
Jaqueline was looking for ways to teach her children to be happy and to choose happiness. She did this by incorporating daily acts of service into the family schedule. Her child was only 3 years old at the time, but together they started looking for ways to serve others in small ways that weren’t difficult, expensive, or time-consuming.
Often, we do service activities that are one-time events and then we move on with our lives. But, what if you added a daily component of family service into your family planning? How might this small shift in focus change the world you live in? How might it change the way your children grow up viewing the world around them.
Teaching your children the value of serving others will make a huge impact on the way they value those around them.
Family Projects for Community Service
Finding the perfect community service project for your family might feel a bit daunting, but this list will help you find an easy way to get your family involved in serving your community.
- Help at the food bank or soup kitchen.
- Make sharing bags to give to the homeless or women’s shelter. Fill bags with hygiene supplies, a pair of socks, gloves, hat, bottled water, or small snacks, and keep the bags in your car to share with people you meet.
- Clean up trash around your church or school.
- Make cookies and share them with a lonely neighbor or friend.
- Deliver a meal to a sick friend or new mom.
- Deliver a meal to a lonely elderly person and stay to eat it with them.
- Pick up trash and recycle cans and bottles.
- Walk dogs or play with cats at the local animal shelter.
- Give one hour to help a teacher. Cleaning, prepping, laminating, cutting, shopping, etc.
- Read or play a game with someone in a nursing home.
- Walk an elderly neighbors dog, or better yet go for a walk with both of them. Listen to their stories.
- Rake leaves or clean out a flower bed for a neighbor or friend.
- Volunteer to babysit for a single mom to give her time to run errands or just take a break.
- Run errands for an elderly neighbor or friend. Get their grocery list and pick up what they need while you are at the store.
- Give flowers. Buy a bunch at the store or grown an abundance in your garden.
At Home Service Projects
There are many community service projects you can do from home. Some of these may require delivery at the end, but the bulk of the project can be done from home.
- Write a thank you card to your local firefighters and law enforcement officers and deliver the card with a plate of goodies.
- Appreciate your pastor and family.
- Make blankets for Project Linus. There are lots of simple and easy fleece blankets you can make with children without even needing a sewing machine.
- Do a video call with grandparents or a relative who might be lonely or sick.
- Invite a lonely friend for dinner.
- Sort through your clothes and donate your outgrown clothes to a local women’s shelter.
- Share toys and school supplies with the women’s shelter.
- Thank a teacher.
- Leave a thank you card for your mail carrier.
- Gather up old blankets and towels and donate them to a local animal shelter.
- Send cards to grandparents and other people who might be lonely. Changing seasons bring feelings of loneliness.
- Plant a big garden and share your abundance with others.
- Grow flowers and share bouquets with others. Dahlias and zinnias are very easy to grow and usually produce an abundance of blooms.
Simple Community Service Ideas for Kids
Teaching your child to look for ways to help others, will help them develop a habit of service to others. Each of these service ideas are completely free and require nothing but a willing spirit.
- Take someone’s shopping cart back to the store when you arrive in the parking lot.
- Hold the door open for someone else.
- Let someone know you are praying for them.
- Send a thank you card/email/text to someone and thank them for being a part of your life.
- Give a compliment.
- Look others in the eye and smile.
- Let someone else go first.
- Say thank you.
- Give a hug for no reason.
- Be a secret helper. Doing something anonymously can be a lot of fun! Here’s a secret service project our family participated in.
- Think about the jobs someone else has to do in your family and do one of their jobs for them.
- Set the table without being asked.
- Play with your pet and clean up after them.
- Take out the trash.
- Clean the toilet.
- Vacuum or wash the car.
It is more blessed to give than to receive. Act. 20:35
Final thoughts on community service with kids…
As you incorporate intentional acts of community service, your children will see the value and experience the joy that comes from serving others. Whether you work on community service projects that are big and ongoing, or you do some at home service projects, they will bless others!
Are you looking for a bigger family service project? Check out our family’s experience raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.