Community Service Ideas

There are no shortage of volunteer opportunities in your local community! Besides reaching out to your local businesses, you can also come up with new ideas!

General Ideas

  • Donate or raise money for your local Red Cross or organize a blood drive
  • Check dosomething.org and teenlife.com for ideas
  • Organize a card drive to soldiers serving overseas
  • Hold a bake sale for your favorite charity
  • Organize a wheelchair basketball team
  • Contact a tree farm about donating Christmas trees to nursing homes, hospitals, or to families who can’t afford to buy their own
  • Collect unused makeup, toiletries and perfume to donate to a center for abused women or homeless shelters
  • Help register people to vote
  • Organize a car wash and donate the profits to charity
  • Volunteer at the local VFW for their monthly breakfasts
  • Collect items for the JC Giving Tree at Slater Library contact Two Sisters Shipping for more information, (860) 376-3283
  • Volunteer at your local hospital (Sign up in February for Summer and you must be 16)
  • Connect with your teacher to further explore topics you talked about in class and how you could turn that into community service
  • Volunteer with a local town activity – Lisbon Fall Festival, Griswolds Spooktopia and Eggtopia events, etc
  • Collect supplies for Veterans
  • Volunteer in your local church (babysitters, altar servers, etc)

Help Children and Schools

  • Tutor children during or after school
  • Collect and donate stuffed animals to children in hospitals, Backus, CCMC
  • Knit or crochet baby blankets to be donated to hospitals or homeless shelters. Organize a knitting drive!
  • Talk with a local Children’s Hospital to see what supplies, toys etc they could use
  • Organize a Special Olympics event for children and teenagers
  • Sponsor a bike-a-thon and give away bike safety gear, like helmets and knee pads, as prizes
  • Collect used sports equipment to donate to families and after-school programs
  • Organize a summer reading program to encourage kids to read
  • Organize events to help new students make friends
  • Babysit children during PTO meetings
  • Help out the local PTO’s at GES and GMS with their activities
  • Organize a reading hour for children at a local school or library or collect used books
  • Donate used children’s books to a school library or create a Book Exchange program at GMS and GHS
  • Work with the local health department to set up an immunization day or clinic to immunize children against childhood diseases
  • Volunteer to help with Vacation Bible School or other religious youth groups
  • Reach out to your local Scouting groups and ask to help
  • Help out at the Wolverine Store at GHS
  • Help organize the Wolverine Closet at GHS
  • The Youth Center in town ALWAYS has great events going on and needs help
  • Afterschool in the School Clubs at GMS needs volunteers

Sports

  • Help Mrs. Moore with GES Fun Run during the fall mmoore@griswoldpublicschools.org
  • Become a Youth Cheerleading Coach
  • Become a basketball coach assistant at GMS, GES or through Youth Center
  • Organize a concussion education seminar for your sports team
  • Coordinate a training or conditioning session within your sport
  • Contact your previous coach at your Middle school and tell them how you can help
  • Collect used sports equipment to donate to families and after-school programs
  • Establish a Sports Closet of used equipment, cleats, knee pads etc at GHS
  • Fundraise to help offset costs for new Sports equipment for GHS, GES or GMS
  • Track and Cross Country can organize trail cleanups at the local parks
  • Organize a team to do a Walk a thon like Relay for Life, March of Dimes
  • With a Coach or adult organize a Student sports fun day activity on the Griswold Campus on a Saturday
  • Work with the Youth Center and help organize sports activities
  • Talk to our Athletic Trainer Anne and ask if you could assist athletes with conditioning
  • Help Mr. Kyle Gunderman at GHS with GSPN sports network. He needs commentators, graphic designers to make slides, video editors – he will train kgunderman@griswoldpublicschools.org
  • Mr. Cravinho at GHS needs Baseball commentators and scorers scravinho@griswoldpublicschools.org
  • Volunteer to help with Vacation Bible School or other religious youth groups
  • Contact the Norwich minor league team at Dodd Stadium, the Sea Unicorns
  • Griswold Soccer Club needs concession help http://www.griswoldsoccer.org/
  • Help at a 5k Run. Sunflower for Wishes is held in late July, early August contact Buttonwoods for more information: https://www.buttonwoodfarmicecream.com/sunflowers-for-wishes
  • Create a 3k or 5k run, fun run, color run, etc to raise funds for a charity


Environmental Concerns

  • Clean up a local park, field or school
  • Sponsor a recycling contest
  • Create a Community Garden at GHS
  • Help create a new walking trail at a nature center or park
  • Clean up Pachaug State Park Trails and repaint trail markers https://www.friendsofpachaugforest.org/
  • Participate in the cleanup of a local river, pond, or lake (Hopeville, Glasgo, Pachaug, Beach Pond, Gardner Lake in Norwich)
  • Create Conservation posters and have an awareness campaign
  • If you follow Greta Thunberg, become an activist and lobby your local representatives by creating a Student Group of Environmentalists
  • Establish a Student group to work with JC Public Utilities or Norwich Public Utilities to discuss and establish new energy solutions
  • Contact our Town Hall and First Selectman to talk about Griswold’s Environmental Concerns and create and action plan
  • Campaign for more bike lanes in your town


The Arts, Drama and Music

  • Volunteer at a local Community Theater, Norwich Center for the Arts, Bradley Theater in Putnam, Eastern CT Arts Association (See Mr. Churchill), The Garde Arts Center in New London
  • Create an art installation for a local business, town hall, senior center etc
  • Arrange a musical performance for the Senior Center
  • Plan a concert that raises money for a local charity
  • Create graphic design digital work for the GSPN Sports Network Club see Mr. Kyle Gunderman for information kgunderman@griswoldpublicschools.org
  • Create graphics, posters and media for P.R.I.D.E. the anti-drug coalition in Griswold. https://www.griswoldpride.org/contact-us/
  • Create an art program for Elementary school students that meets on a weekend or after school
  • Work with the Youth Center with their afterschool clubs
  • Perform a small play for the Senior Center, or with musical highlights from the recent musical
  • Establish a fundraiser to help pay for the costs of GMS students instruments
  • Offer to give musical lessons and tips to GMS students or help them with their current musical selections for Band
  • Create a mural somewhere
  • Offer to paint the Gazebo in Veteran’s Park (it needs a fresh coat of white paint!)
  • NFA has an art program for young kids. Call and see if you could volunteer on Saturday mornings with them
  • Volunteer at the Slater Museum in Norwich, Denison House in Mystic, Leffingwell Inn in Norwich or any other museum
  • Host an acting workshop for Elementary and Middle School students
  • Create a photography workshop for younger kids
  • Establish a Photography contest or a Photography installation in one of our local buildings (Town Hall, Banks, Post Office etc)
  • Talk to Mary Rose Deveau our Griswold Town Historian about how you could photograph and preserve current history. (Contact her through the Slater Library)
  • For more Art ideas: https://createthegood.aarp.org/volunteer-ideas/love-of-art.html?site-map=
  • For more Music ideas: https://musicandmemory.org/get-involved/for-volunteers/

S.T.E.M

  • Teach Senior Centers how to use technology and avoid scams
  • Collect unused Ipods, Kindles, Ipads, phones to recycle and give to local folks who need them
  • Create your own web page to support your fundraising goals
  • Create a web page for a local non profit
  • Become a Math Tutor at your local elementary or middle school
  • Create a Math Club that helps tutors students at GHS
  • Investigate current engineering concerns and awareness
  • Host a Web Safety seminar for GES or GMS (you would need to contact principal for this)
  • Are you a data whiz? Reach out to a local non-profit to see if they have any data or admin needs
  • Checkout “Coding for a Cause” events
  • Work with the Youth Center to create more STEM afterschool activities for GMS and GES
  • If you have a study hall you can contact a GES or GMS teacher and ask if you can create and present an educational presentation that aligns with what they are teaching in class


Helping Senior Citizens

  • Read to residents at a nursing home
  • Volunteer at the Senior Center monthly breakfasts which are the 4th Saturday of the month
  • Deliver groceries and meals to elderly neighbors
  • Teach computer skills to the elderly
  • Mow an elderly neighbor’s lawn or shovel their driveway and sidewalk
  • Host a bingo night for nursing home residents
  • Host a holiday meal for senior citizens
  • Organize a family day for residents of a retirement home and relatives to play games together
  • Perform a concert or play at a senior center or create an Art Show
  • Help elderly neighbors clean their homes and organize their belongings
  • Contact the Jewett City, Lisbon or local Senior Centers

Animals

  • Take care of cats and dogs at an animal shelter
  • Volunteer at a Horse Rescue or Equine Therapy Facility
  • Assist a Rescue Group
  • Raise money to provide a bulletproof vest for a police dog
  • Organize a spay and neuter your pet program
  • Train your pet to be a therapy animal and bring it to hospitals or nursing homes with an approved registered training program
  • Call local dog kennel facilities and day camps and volunteer . All Bright Canines etc.
  • Create a fundraiser for a local Animal Charity