Summer Service Learning Projects
The end of the school year doesn’t mean the end of learning. Far from it, summer months provide valuable time for your student to tap into fantastic community projects. Whether you are a parent, a teacher or a PTA member, here are our favorite spring and summer service learning projects.
Garage sales are multi-tasking service projects. A garage sale makes you clean out your home for a good cause! Pick a local nonprofit, invite your friends and sell your items.Then, donate your profits to a cause of choice. Make sure to contact the nonprofit in advance in case they would like to advertise for you or send a representative. To increase profits, organize a lemonade stand or bake sale for hungry shoppers, again donating all proceeds to the charity you select.
Decorate place mats for Meals on Wheels. The Meals on Wheels website allows you to search for your local organization and also gives tips on other things that can be donated. Decorated placemats may also be used at area homeless shelters and nursing homes. Simply make sure to contact in advance.
Spring cleaning is a great time to organize used books. Books can be donated to local libraries for resale at book fairs or a number of other organizations. The Goodwill accepts books and uses the proceeds to fund their job-training activities for the disabled. Reader to Reader is another book organization that provides books and CDs to underserved school libraries.
The project couldn’t be simpler or more gratifying! Simply put on a pair of sturdy plastic gloves and pick-up trash in a neighborhood park or trail. Then, sort out recyclables and dispose of properly.
Many local animal shelters welcome volunteers to help walk dogs, socialize with cats and help care for the animals. Most animal rescue organizations can accommodate helpers of any age as well as groups of any size.
Know Before You Go
Charity Navigator is a wonderful online tool that can be used to research organizations. Once you select one, please visit their website or contact them to get specific information. This will ensure that you have the best community service experience possible.
Summer is ripe with service learning opportunities and these are just a few of our favorite ideas. Find a cause that you are passionate about and see what fun your little service learner has while making a difference.