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60 Ways to Better Your Community

Ideas for Community Service Projects: How Can I Help?

Whether it’s reconstructing a playground, visiting an elderly home, or clearing trash from a nearby creek, a community service project is an excellent way to bring about change on a small, intimate level. But before grabbing the work gloves, make sure that your project has a specific focus. Here are some ideas to help get the project started.

Neighborhood Enhancement
1. Help people paint and repair their homes.
2. Volunteer to clean up trash around a neighborhood.
3. Create a mural that depicts values of your community.
4. Set up an art exhibit at a local business, sell the creations, and use the money to fund a cause in your community.
5. Collect supplies for persons who have been victims of a fire or other disaster.
6. Plant a community garden.
7. Organize a campaign to raise money with SignUpGenius Payments for new playground equipment, or reconstruct the playground yourself.
8. Share your skills! Volunteer to teach a class at a community center.
9. When fall comes around, distribute leaf bags and offer to assist neighbors with raking their yards.
10. Campaign for additional lighting along poorly lit streets.

Special Needs
1. Volunteer at a Special Olympics event.
2. Work with kids who have special needs on an art project.
3. Set up a buddy system with the special needs program at your school.
4. Raise money with SignUpGenius Payments to purchase Braille books, large print books, or other needed materials for the special needs program at a local school or community center.
5. Make gifts with friends for kids in the hospital. Distribute Valentines, Halloween candy, or Christmas treats/toys.
6. Build a ramp for a person in a wheelchair to make their house more accessible.
7. Volunteer to read books or newspapers to those who are visually impaired.
8. Visit a local care center to learn more about those with special needs, and ask how you can help.
9. Recruit some friends or a class to help set up a library at a children’s hospital.
10. Create a pamphlet that includes helpful tips concerning the respect of and interaction with people who have special needs.

Senior Citizens
1. Adopt a “grandfriend”. Write them letters, call them, and visit often.
2. Gather friends and create a “shop squad” to pick up groceries and medicine for elderly.
3. Deliver meals to homebound individuals.
4. Gather family and friends and organize a summer songfest or play to perform at a nursing home.
5. For the holidays, go caroling, bring (easy-to-eat) treats, or just go and visit senior citizens.
6. Offer to read to people.
7. Provide your local nursing home or library with more large-print books.
8. Teach a senior how to use a computer or the Internet.
9. Call up elderly people who live alone to check if they need anything.
10. Volunteer to do general home maintenance for a senior citizen.

Homeless and/or Hungry
1. Help cook/serve meals at a homeless shelter.
2. Throw a birthday party for children who are homeless at a local shelter.
3. Organize a free, public nutrition awareness campaign.
4. Gather combs, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, etc. to make “I Care” kits for people who are homeless.
5. Take children who are homeless on outings to a movie, zoo, or other fun location.
6. Hold a book drive and donate the proceeds to the shelter, and then hold a read-a-thon or give a class on basic reading skills.
7. Donate art supplies to the local shelter.
8. Offer to repair or alter clothes for people who are homeless.
9. Campaign to create a nursery in your local shelter, or help maintain an existing one.
10. Always keep a few granola bars on hand!

1. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
2. Gather newspapers and give to a local animal shelter.
3. Learn about raising and training a pet to give to a disable person, and consider whether it is an option for you and your family.
4. Visit and volunteer at a local aviary, zoo, or wild animal rehabilitation center.
5. Organize a community dog wash, and donate the proceeds to organizations that aid animals.
6. Locate homes and shelters for abandoned pets.
7. Start a Chow Drive for the community to donate food and toys to a local shelter.
8. Offer dog-walking services to those who can’t (or won’t) give their pets the proper amount of exercise.
9. Take pictures or videos of pets that are in the pound and use them when organizing a supplies drive.
10. Adopt a pet! Or, if this is not an option, volunteer to become a temporary foster parent for a pet in the pound.

1. Clean up trash from a local outdoor space.
2. Organize a hike or nature walk with friends, and bring bags to collect trash along the trails. Click here for an example sign up.
3. Have fun with creating homemade paper out of used paper with friends (It’s easy, fun, and green!)
4. Grow your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs in an organic garden, and encourage others to do the same.
5. Instead of using the car, choose the healthy route and bike to your next location. Burn energy, not gasoline!
6. Choose a family “energy watchdog” to shut off lights, television, and dripping sinks when not in use.
7. Switch your current Internet home page to an energy-saving one, such as Google’s “Blackle”, and turn down the computer screen brightness level as well. (It’s unhealthy for both the environment and your eyes.)
8. Create a children’s nature garden. Create a path, label plants and trees, and schedule guided tours.
9. Purchase recycled products as opposed to generic ones.
10. When buying food or drinks of any kind, it is better to stick to a large jug or tub as opposed to a collection of individually packaged goods.

As you put on those work gloves, keep in mind that SignUpGenius is an invaluable tool that can be used to organize events of any sort. We appreciate your efforts to change the world, one step at a time!

Posted by Kyle Holliday

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Posted by Jawad Ahmed on Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:53 AM EST

Based on the situation in my country, and condition of poorly managed hospitals, we at The Aman Foundation engaging our employees and volunteer spent a day cleaning and beautifying a government operated hospital. You can check our FB page of how the society benefited from this.

Posted by Marylin Roberts on Mon Nov 9, 2015 9:20 PM EST

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Posted by Amy Tidwell on Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:59 PM EST

If you would like to create an account at SignUpGenius you may click "Log in" at the top of the page. In order to volunteer with a particular group on our site you must have a link to a sign up. If you have other questions, please contact our support team from the "Help" tab at the top of the page so we can assist you directly. Thanks!

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Thank you so much :) This really helped me with my school project, these ideas are really good and I can't wait to try some of these out.

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I am trying to find fun ways to Fundraise.
Thanx for so many great ideas

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make gift baskets for hospital patients with toiletries, games, books and magazines, radeos, pillows, clothing etc. take them there and visit

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Well this is helpful but what if you cant do any of this stuff.... Is there anything you could do just for your neighborhood?

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With a new year upon us and the 10 year anniversary of Joomla behind us we’re all looking to the future. This is the beginning of a new era in the Joomla community and what we do this year will shape our future. As individuals we have the power to change the community for the better and there is no better time than now to make positive changes. Here are some ways we can make a positive difference in our community this year.

Be JPositive. Stay JPositive.

What we contribute is every bit as important as what we say and how we act. The words we put online create a perception of our community to the outside world. The way we interact inside our community affects our contributions and our attitude. The way we welcome new people into our community and encourage participation will impact their involvement and contributions. Everything makes a difference and we should resolve to make it a positive difference.

Realize Your Influence

When people begin using Joomla they begin looking online for resources. To someone with no Joomla experience community members are more than just a resource, to them - we are Joomla. What they see us doing online is their perception of what Joomla is and it may be only experience they ever have within our community. Keep this in mind. Your influence goes farther than you may realize and it impacts our entire community. Make a resolution to use it responsibly.

Deal With Conflicts Appropriately

We want to stay positive but it’s not realistic to believe everyone will agree on everything all of the time. We need to speak our minds but it should be done so appropriately. Some conversations are appropriate on public platforms, some are not - particularly those that involve personal differences or heated emotions. How we handle our differences and resolve conflicts has a significant impact on our community and it affects how we are perceived outside of our community. 

Before you start or participate in a public conversation take a second to consider the following questions:

  • Is my message helpful to our community?
  • Is this a personal message or an issue that should be discussed in private?
  • If someone outside our community reads this now, or a year from now, what will they think?

A little bit of thought can go a long way. We can make a positive difference in our community by resolving to be mindful of how we communicate and resolve our differences with each other.

Be Welcoming And Encouraging Towards New Community Members

New users and contributors are the future of our community. Any one of them could become a community leader. We want them to be here and we want them to stay here. We want to make it easy for them to participate and we need to encourage them to do so. Here are few ways we can do this:

  • Communicate

    Give them a warm welcome. Thank them for getting involved and find out how they want to help. If you are unavailable or unable to help, direct them to a community member that can help them. Simply responding to their messages goes a long way.

  • Be Patient & Helpful

    There is a lot to learn at first and newcomers may not understand contribution guidelines and the etiquette of our communication channels. Remember that. Help them learn and give them time to understand.

  • Keep Criticism Light

    If the first experience someone has in our community is discouraging they will disappear quickly. Give them a chance to learn from their mistakes and let them express their ideas. If criticism is necessary make sure it's constructive and has a helpful tone.

  • Utilize Their Talents

    New users and contributors bring new perspectives and talents into our community. Look for ways to utilize those attributes in a positive way. Find out what they are passionate about and let them be passionate. Allow them to become a resource to the community and encourage them to do so.

  • Provide Direction & Guidance

    Remember that not everyone knows where they fit in at first. Some of our working groups require experience and advanced skill sets for good reason, but we never want to discourage volunteers. If they are not well-suited for a particular group then suggest a group that suits their current skills. Help them find their place in our community and keep them involved. Always give them a chance, they might surprise you.

Make a resolution to encourage people to join our community. Let them know we want them to be here and make an effort to create a positive experience for them. 

Set The Example

How we act within our community sets a standard that others will follow. If we set a positive example and do the right things as individuals we will have a positive impact on the community. Be the change you want to see in your community and others will follow your example. Here are some simple ways to set a positive example:


  • Be nice
  • Be helpful
  • Contribute selflessly
  • Speak from the heart
  • Do what you say you’re going to do
  • Do your best


  • We are all volunteers
  • Not everyone will always agree with you
  • Your answers might not work for everyone
  • A community does what is best for the community, not individuals
  • Your contributions always matter


We’ve done much over the past 10 years but we can always do more. When our community works together we can change the world for the better but it starts with us as individuals. Make a resolution to contribute your positivity as an individual and you will have positive impact on your community. 

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