These are general ideas that you could use to raise money or aid for specific charities. Generally you would contact the organization ahead of time. Too many people have done “charity” work for organizations, without their consent and often keep the proceeds.
A good idea is to canvas the area ahead of time. You can make up flyers to let the residents know who you are and what you are trying to do. People will often leave bags out for you if they know ahead of time.
- Bottle Drive
- Clothing Drive
- Food Drive
- Toy Drive
- Conduct a neighborhood drive to collect used furniture.
These basic ideas can be done once a year and are a great way to help the community.
- Ring the bell for Salvation Army during the holidays
- Decorate a Christmas tree at a nursing home, hospital, school or homeless shelter.
- Organize safety trips in your neighborhood for youngsters during Halloween.
- Distribute leaf bags during the fall encouraging residents to clean leaves from their streets and yards.
- Clean an elderly neighbor's driveway and sidewalk after a snowfall.
- Collect unused make-up, perfume and other cosmetics for a center for abused women.
- Write a kids' book author and ask them to donate signed copies, auction the books off and donate the money to local library.
- Check railroad crossings and make signs to promote safety.
- Paint over graffiti.
- Paint a mural over graffiti.
- Hold a used book sale and donate the money.
- Collect children's books for the needy.
- Provide child care during a PTA meeting.
- Design and paint a community mural.
- Help cook and/or serve a meal at homeless shelter.
- Make "I Care" kits with combs, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc. for homeless people.
- Help with repairs at a local homeless shelter.
- Donate art supplies to kids in a homeless shelter.
- Make a care package with mittens, socks, T-shirts, etc. for a child at a homeless shelter.
- Pack and hand out food at a food bank.
- Find out about low-cost housing in your area for the homeless people.
- Build a ramp for a person in a wheelchair so it is easier for them to get in and out of their house.
- Clean a neighbor's yard who cannot do it themselves.
- Help neighbors paint and repair their homes.
- Volunteer to teach classes on a sport you enjoy and know a lot about.
- Petition your city to make drinking fountains and/or restrooms in public areas available.
- Volunteer to clean up trash at a community event or county fair.
- Make signs to label community buildings and sites of interest.
- Organize a campaign to paint storm drains to prevent dumping of hazardous materials.
- Adopt a pothole and raise funds to repair it.
- Plan native flowers or plants along highways.
- Campaign for additional lighting along poorly lighted streets.
- Clean up vacant lot.
- Help fix a run-down playground.
- Organize a campaign to raise money to buy and install new playground equipment for a park.
- Paint a mural or clean up a local park.
- Plant flowers in public areas that could use some color.
- Mow the lawns and care for the plants of neighbors who are away on vacation.
- Build park benches.
- Paint fences or park benches.
- Lend a helping hand at a local community center.
- Identify corners where bushes and trees make it difficult for drivers to see.
- Provide refreshments at a local race or sporting event
- Make bird feeders for public places.
- Adopt an acre of a park or a mile of roadside to keep clean.
- Clean up trash along a river or in a park.
- Replace trees that have died.
- Clean up a beach or riverbed.