Community service is a great way to reach out and help the people all around you. While you see many people everyday, as a general rule, you won’t interact with a vast majority of them. You may live at a home for years without having any real relationship with your neighbors. Although many seem standoff-ish, there are still many creative ways for you to get involved.
Teach Guitar Lessons in the Community
If you know a skill like the guitar, you can teach it to other people in the community. People of all ages have a desire to learn musical instruments, and you can help them find a trust-worthy provider of music lessons. You can make a flyer and business cards to pass out to the community. Getting started with lessons may seem intimidating, but all you really need is the knowledge, the people and a place to have the lessons. Group lessons are a great idea, especially if you’re doing it as a free community service outreach.
Educate Businesses About the Web
With more and more things moving to the web, it’s important the businesses understand the vast consumer base that they can reach through this medium. Small businesses in local communities have often neglected forming a strong web presence. This is because they don’t know how, don’t have the time, or simply do not see the benefits. If you have knowledge in these things, you can really help them to understand. Contact your local small business association and see if you can hold a small seminar to educate the local businessmen on basic social media, web development and Internet Marketing.
Pick Up the Recycling for Local Companies
Another great way to help the community is by starting a recycling pick up. Find a reputable provider of recycling supplies and see if they would be willing to donate some bins to your community service project. Then, simply pass them out to a few businesses in the community and tell them when you’ll be by to pick up the recyclables. If you go to offices, you can pick up seemingly random things like ink cartridges. You can then turn these things in for cash, and donate that cash to a local organization. This way, you’re not only helping the environment, but your stimulating the economy in your community as well.
Community service is about more than simply volunteering at a nursing home, although that is great too. These creative ideas are ways for you to think outside the box and have more control over your service to the community.
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