Community Projects

Many of us see a need in our communities that we would like to support, build on, or change, but don't know where to start. You might want to make a difference but don't know how to help. Creating a community project is a great way to volunteer your time and energy to give back to your community.

What is a Community Project?

A community project can be anything you want. You can help an elderly neighbor with their yard work, organize a food drive for a local family in need, raise awareness about famine, disease or homelessness, or promote art, sport or education.

A community project can involve just one person or an entire group. It doesn't matter how big or how small your project is, what matters is that you create your own opportunities and serve your community.

Steps to Take:

  1. Choose who or what your project will be for. Make a list of issues important to you and pick the one that makes the most sense.
  2. Determine what your project will be. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish. Is it a fundraiser? An item drive? Think about your skills and how you will use them to accomplish your goal.
  3. Work out the details. When is the best time of year for the project? Where is it going to be held? Do you need money to get started (budget is key!)? Pick a date and time.
  4. Think about what kind of help you need and who to ask? Do you need permission? Will you ask for sponsors?
  5. Be organized and get started!
  6. After you complete the project, say thank you! Thanking those who helped you can be the most important part of your project.
  7. Reflect on the experience and what you learned. Reflection makes it easier to write about your community project for post-secondary applications and resumes.

Remember, it's about meeting your goal and contributing to your community. Stay focused, build a strong team, communicate, and have fun!