Want to take the time to help someone in need? Start your own volunteer project! Here are some helpful hints to make it happen:
• First, figure out what your community needs. Ask teachers, parents and friends what they think your neighborhood needs the most. It’s possible that they’ll mention some things you would have never thought about.
• Once you identify a problem, learn more about it, and then think about what you can do to help. Use your interests and talents to decide what you want to do. If you are a baker at heart, bake cookies. If you have a knack for crafts, make something!
• Make it a group effort. Encourage your family and friends to get involved and help out as a team.
• Have fun! Meeting new people and knowing that you are making a difference can be a lot of fun.
Here are some things you can do in your neighborhood:
• Volunteer at a retirement home. Bake goodies for or just spend time with residents. Whatever you do, they’ll be happy to spend time with you.
• Have a bake sale. This age-old tradition is still one of the most popular ways to raise money because it works. Everybody loves to eat! Choose an organization or cause that you want to support. Then hold a bake sale and donate all of the money you make.
• Clean up. The summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but sometimes the scenery is not very clean. Grab some friends and start cleaning up your neighborhood by picking up papers, cans and trash.
• Recycle. Every time you have an empty can or a piece of scrap paper, recycle it. In some states, you may even make some money by going to your local supermarket and recycling them yourself. (You can then donate the money to your favorite charity.)
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