Homelessness and Poverty

Murals with a Message

Did You Know? Painting a mural is a great way to beautify your community and send a message about an issue you care about at the same time. Decide on a theme or issue, plan how to represent it, and use your creativity to brighten places in your community - you might choose a school, nursing home, homeless shelter, etc.Read more

Holiday Warmth-Coat Drive

What You're Doing Help the less fortunate in your community keep warm over the winter holidays. Why It Matters On average, more than 578,000 people are homeless in the United States on a given night, and 31 percent of them are living without shelter. The winter months can be some of the most difficult times of the year, especially for those who don't have the proper winter clothing. Help the people in your community stay cozy this winter with a...Read more

Back-to-school backpacks!

Remember when you were in school how great it was to get new clothes and new supplies to start the school year? Unfortunately, there are millions of kids whose families cannot afford to buy them school supplies, but you can help! Project: Put together a Back to School Backpack and collect school supplies for children! Here's what you need: Elementary (K-5) New backpack Notebook Pens (2) Pencils (3) Small sharpener Markers or crayons Glue sticks...Read more

Sending Love

When people are going through hard times, it helps a lot to get messages of love and support. If you have seen on the news that there are people who are sad or need help, you can use this project to show you care.Read more

Pillowcase Pals

As of September 2009, there were 423,773 kids and teens in foster care in the United States. Many of these kids and teens lack basic necessities, especially when they first enter foster care. Many foster families have limited incomes. Toiletries are expensive. Your family can help kids and teens with basic necessities! Project: Create toiletry kits in pillowcases for kids and teens in foster care. The final product will be a new pillowcase...Read more
Valentine's Day service projects for kids

Valentine's Day Care Cards

Spread the love in your community this Valentine's Day! Help people in your area have a cheerful holiday by creating caring cards for local seniors, veterans, first responders, or kids and families at a nearby homeless shelter. If you're interested in providing other kids with the resources they need to make cards for their loved ones, get instructions for our Be My Valentine Kits project here.Read more
Be My Valentine Kits - service projects for kids

Be My Valentine Kits

This year, help others make cards for those their loved ones! Make Be My Valentine Kits to provide other kids with the resources they need to make cards to give away. Help empower kids in need to spread the love to the cared ones in their lives by providing craft materials and instructions. Follow the instructions below! If you'd like to make cards yourself to give away, get instructions for our Valentine's Day Care Cards project here.Read more

"Sip and Serve" Party with a Purpose

Your family can hold a "Sip and Serve" Party with a Purpose as a birthday party or as a volunteer activity for family, friends and neighbors. Before your guests sip their tea, they "serve" the community by making sack lunches for the hungry Here's what you're doing: Make sack lunches for people struggling with hunger. Here's what you need: White lunch bags Fruit cups and juice boxes Granola bars Paper, washable markers, crayons, etc. All things...Read more

Baby Bags

Give low-income moms a baby bag filled with basic baby items such as t-shirts, baby blankets, hats, and baby toys. Ask other families to help. Project: Collecting and delivering new and gently used baby items for low-income moms at a hospital, low-income clinic, or foster care agency Here's what you need: Baby bag or canvas bag Items to fill the bags such as blankets, pajamas, crib sheets, baby toys, baby wipes, shampoo, ointments, etc. A...Read more

Rally Around a Cause

Did you know... A rally is a great way to bring a large number of people together to learn more about the importance of certain issues in our communities. You might choose to hold a rally about anti-violence, equal rights, the environment, or animal welfare, for example. The community, politicians, and businesses will be sent a clear message about the importance of the topic you choose. And best of all, children of all ages can take on...Read more