Global Youth Service Day

Easy Project Ideas

There's still time to plan a GYSD service project! Here are 10 quick and easy GYSD Project Ideas that you still have time to do, even with only a few days to get ready.

  1. Host a Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger, or host a lemonade stand to raise money for causes like curing childhood cancer.

  2. Collect food to donate to your local food bank.

  3. Plant trees. For low-cost trees, order from the Arbor Day Foundation or contact your local extension service office or environmental organizations to see if there are local free tree programs.

  4. Pick up trash and clean up your neighborhood... organize a "Trash Mob" - a flash mob to pick up trash in a single location, like this one in Baltimore where 20 people cleaned up an empty lot in just 30 minutes.

  5. Reduce, reuse, recycle... and keep trash out of our water and landfills. Reach out to a local business and ask them to Be Straw Free and reduce the use and waste of disposable plastic straws. Or, Stow It Don't Throw It! Assemble and distributie personal-sized fishing line recycling bins to anglers and boaters while educating the public on sustainable fishing practices.

  6. Make blankets with Maddie's Blankets to donate - small blankets for animal shelters to use or large blankets for youth in foster care, shelters, or transitional housing.

  7. Collect and donate DVDs, stuffed animals, or books to donate to local hospitals, shelters, or emergency responders. You can send DVDs to Kid Flicks so they can send a movie library of 100 DVDs to every Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Department within the United States.

  8. Make cards or write letters - for kids in hospitals, troops and veterans, or senior citizens in local nursing homes.

  9. Help build KaBOOM!’s Map of Play! Find, add, rate, and review playgrounds in your community. Take the Playground Challenge: Take pictures of playgrounds and win gift cards in their biweekly sweepstakes for toys, shoes, ice cream, and more.

  10. Help prepare your family for a disaster – and make sure your neighbors are ready too!

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