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ActivitySupplies DescriptionLocationVirtual or in PersonURL (if applicable)
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Accessory Drive Ties, shoes and socks. People willing to sort through itemsHold a tie/ dress shoes/ dress socks drive.schoolsIn person
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Adopt a Family Students willing to bring in money and shop for items.Adopt a family during the holiday season and get them presents of off a list.n/aIn person
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Adopt a roadPosters, a road, volunteers, gloves, garbage bags, reflective vests for safety on the side of a roadAdopt a local road and host monthly clean ups where people can sign up to help clean the road. permitted locationsIn person
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Bagged lunches for homeless shelterslunches, notes of encouragement , volunteers each member creates a bagged lunch with chips, treat and a sandwhich and a note of encouragment schools/sheltersin person
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Bake sale Students/Parents who can bake and sell goods. A good place/ event to sell them at.Bake and sell goods possibly during a sporting event. All proceeds go to a charitysporting events/schoolsIn person
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Beach CleaningVolunteers and teamwork.Pick up trash around a nature park or beachbeaches/nature parksIn person
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Blanket DriveYarn, needles, sewing machines, volunteersCreate blankets and then donate to homeless shelters and hospitals schools/sheltersin person
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Blessing boxesWood, plexiglass, paint, knob, screws, tools, a sign, donations.Set up posts with boxes that can hold things such as canned goods and personal care items. People can take anything from it as needed, and others can donate as they wish.schoolsIn personhttps://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/11/508931473/a-new-type-of-food-pantry-is-sprouting-in-yards-across-america
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Blood Drive Volunteers for donation of blood.Donating blood.schools/hospitalsIn person
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Book DriveBooks & volunteersDonate old books to shelters,schools and libraries as well get volunteers to readschools/libraries/sheltersin person
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Book read books& volunteers Contact local schools to read books to kidsschools/librariesIn person
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Buddy to a senior dayvolunteers, senior homes, approval & transportationpartner with seniors and ensure they have a fun day and their requests are fulfilledsenior center In person
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Campus clean upBins, bags, gloves, trash pickers/grabbers, volunteersGo around your school campus or another area and pick up littered items.schoolsIn person
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Canned food driveCanned goods & volunteers Donate canned goods to local homeless shelters along with notes of positivityschoolsin person
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Car WashHoses, nozzles, buckets, soap, water, spongesHost a car wash and donate proceeds to charityschool or any permitted placein person
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Change WarsJars, volunteers, postersSet up a competition between each of the homeroom classes on who can raise the most change for a charity. Have jars in every classroom where people can donate. There can be a prize to the class that donates the most. schoolsIn person
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Chapter/Club birthdayDecorations, cake, music, and a donation box.Celebrate your chapters “birthday” by hosting a small “party“ where students bring in “presents“ such as canned goods, blankets, slightly used shoes & clothes, socks, and other essential items to donate to charities.local chapter In person
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Children's book driveBooks, volunteersCollect children's books and give them to children's hospitals. You could also have people read to the children. schools/hospitalsIn person
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Christmas toy drivetoys, christmas decorations, volunteers Set up a christmas tree and decorations with a box where anyone can donate toys then donate the toys to an orphanage or shelterschools/sheltersIn person
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Clean up community Volunteers, vest, graphlers, trash bags, flowerbeds, rocksHave group of volunteers get together find a place and pick up trash and plant flower beds and rocks In person
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Collecting Pet Suppliesdonated items&volunteersget consumers to purchase extra goods or donate pet toys to donate to animal shelterstores/sheltersin person
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Color RunColors, Water, TrackHost a color run where people walk and proceeds go to organizationsanywhere permittedIn person
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Drug-free campaignPosters, flyers, announcements, maybe a campaign videoOrganize a drug-free campaign. Raise awareness about the dangers and harm of drugs and have a pledge people can sign to not use drugs. n/aboth
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Food Drivevolunteers, food, boxesHave students donate non perishable food to the school, and we can package them and send them to kids across the state that need them Volunteers learn how to sort the non perishable food donated to the shelter and help to package boxes. After a few hours, the boxes are then sent to shelters throughout the surrounding area. The food bank is always looking for volunteers. schools/sheltersIn person
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Friendship Braceletvolunteers, string and beads create friendship bracelets and donate to organizations dedicated to reducing bullyingn/aIn person
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Happy Paintings painting supplies & volunteers paint pictures and sell them to help improve mental health as well as donate to organizations n/ain person
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Homeless Packagesclothes, food, sleeping bags, volunteersCreate packages with clothes, food, money, hygiene products, and sleeping bags to give to homeless people and get them back on their feetschools/sheltersIn person
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Music FestivalVolunteers willing to play musicGet volunteers to play music in the community and any donations go to charityanywhere permittedIn person
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Note of Encouragementpaper, writing utensils (markers, pen, pencil, crayon)Write note to soldiers, single parent, senior, homeless, anyone.n/avirual
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Orphan Grain TrainVolunteers, Donated itemsCould hold a drive for donations, this organization takes any type of materials and distributes them to people in need. They are always looking for volunteers and it is a great way to get service hours while helping your community. n/aIn person
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Packing BackpacksVolunteers, Donated SuppliesMembers of the community donate school supplies. Supplies are sorted into each backpack and given to underprivileged students at the beginning of the school. schoolsIn person
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Read to eldersvolunteers, booksRead to people in nursing homes who may be lonely or bored. retirenment homesin person
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Register VotersVolunteers, registration formsVolunteers help register people to vote if they are in some way impaired or in need of assistance. schoolsboth
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Senior Center Volunteeringvolunteers & senior center Volunteer at a senior center and fulfil requests or serve as entertainment senior center in person
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Social Media for NonprofitInternet access, phone/computer/etc.Find a nonprofit organization that doesn’t have a social media representation and volunteer to set one up and run the account to create awareness.n/a Virtual
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Sock Designvolunteers, puffy paint, plain socks, any other fabric decorationsdesign socks and donate to sheltersn/a/sheltersin person
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Soup Kitchen volunteers Volunteer at soup kitchen and help make foodlocal soup kitchenin person
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Special Olympics Track, Volunteers, Water Help host a special olympics for people with disabilities anywhere permittedIn person
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Suicide Prevention 5KVolunteers, sponsors, transportationChapters can contact a sponsor as well as other people needed to fund and permit the race. All participants will pay a fee to join, and all proceeds will go towards the maryland youth crisis centerschools/permitted locationsboth
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Take care of animalsvolunteersVisit an animal shelter and volunteer to take care of the animals there. animal shelterin person
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Thank You cards or videoVolunteers, phone w/ camera and mic, or paper, writing utensilsCreate thank you cards or a video for healthcare providers letting them know you appreciate them. Parents can help find a doctor, nurse or other healthcare worker who can deliver the cards to healthcare workers. n/avirtual
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Toy Drivetoys, volunteers, transportationDonate stuffed animals, toy, and other things kids like to a local children's hospital. children's hospital/schoolin person
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Tree Plantingvolunteers, tree seeds, shovels, gloves Potentially working alongside a nature center plant trees in places such as school communities, gardens etc. schools/permitted placesin person
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TutoringvolunteersHelp kids learn through tutoring during school or after school. schoolin person
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UNICEF trick or treatvolunteers Collect loose change around halloween and donate it to UNICEF schools/neighborhoodsin person
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Volunteer at Grassrootsvolunteers, transportationConsult with the head of the Grassroots homeless shelter to have shifts to serve food to people staying thereGrassrootsIn person
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