Maybe you’re feeling an urge to give something back your neighborhood or community but just haven’t come across an opportunity that’s a good fit for you.
Perhaps you feel you have some leadership skills you’d like to put to use to help your neighborhood or community.
And maybe your church or civic group is looking for a volunteer project you can make your own.
AARP’s “Create the Good” Toolkits could be the perfect answer. You can find detailed tips and instructions for either carrying out a project on your own or organizing a group activity, so that your passion and energy can go into action rather than brainstorming for an idea.
If you’re looking for something to do individually or as a family, Do-It-Yourself toolkits include:
- “Take Your Loved One to the Doctor” – Encouraging friends and family to make an appointment for a checkup or screening is a great way to help someone you care about.
- “Easy Ways to Help Others Go Green” – It’s easy to go green, and help others do the same, at home, at work and in your community.
- “Start or Join a Community Garden” – Growing your own fruits and veggies is a great way to use your talents while helping your community.
- “Help Someone Access Public Benefit Programs” – Check out a free, confidential online tool to help someone who is struggling to make ends meet.
- “Operation Energy Save” – Help friends, family and neighbors conserve energy by sharing a checklist of tips.
- “Rx Snapshot” – Help older friends and neighbors manage their medications and communicate more effectively with their health care providers.
If you’d prefer to be a part of organizing others for a group activity, the Create the Good Organizing Others toolkits offer great plans such as:
- “Sidewalks and Streets Survey” – Help make your community better for walkers by organizing a group to survey your neighborhood.
- “Start a Walking Group” – A brisk, half-hour walk five or more days a week can reduce the risk of all kinds of ailments.”
- “Organizing a River Cleanup” – Connect with nature and help your community by organizing a local river or stream cleanup.
- “Organize a Shredding Event” – Create the Good has a new way for your group to help family, friends, and neighbors reduce the risk of identity theft and other fraud.
- “Operation Emergency Prepare” – Help prepare others with information and tools to endure a crisis.
- “Start a Woman’s Giving Circle” —Help other women by starting a charitable giving circle.
- “Help Feed a Family in Need” – Help stop hunger in the U.S. one family at a time. Send a week’s worth of groceries to a struggling family.
- “How to Hold a Used Book Sale”—Arrange a community book sale to raise money for a local cause and promote reading at the same time.
You can find all these toolkits and others at the Create the Good website.
Remember, all you need to Create the Good in your community is YOU!