Before selecting a project, ask yourself these questions:
- What skills can we bring to the project? For example, is there an expert gardener/landscaper in the group?
- Is there a park and/or playground in our community that could benefit from hands-on service?
- What types of projects are our members passionate about?
- Will our volunteers be young children? If so, is there something suitable for their help?
- Will our project garner participation from people outside the Kiwanis family?
- Will our project attract the media?
- Will our project make a lasting impression on the community?
- Will our project create pride in membership?
- Is the project achievable in about five or fewer hours of service? How many people will be needed to accomplish our goals?
- Is our project going to be fun?
These questions are intended to help the committee brainstorm ideas and really evaluate the strengths of the volunteers. Dream big, but be realistic!
Suggested service project ideas:
Boys & Girls Club cleanup
Child ID program
Church fence construction
Construction of park benches and tables
Food bank garden
Games for children
High school beautification
Landscape local church
Landscape family center
Painting public buildings and rooms
Picnic table painting
Playground equipment maintenance
Reading to children
School bus stop painting
Sporting events for handicapped children
Tennis court cleanup
Volunteer service for city parade