Winter is (finally) over and spring has begun. It’s a perfect time to get out and serve your community! Want to do something but not sure where to start? Following are a variety of easy ways you can SERVE BOLDLY!
The Good Earth:
Got a green thumb? Serve through your passion in the following ways –
- Contact Gateway Greening to serve alone or with a group to beautify our region and provide healthy produce for our communities!
- As you thin your garden, offer excess bulbs and produce to your neighbors or coworkers.
Party for a Purpose:
Love to host? Consider putting your hospitality (and love of fun) to work for a cause!
- Host a KinderGARDEN party to benefit your local school – guests bring school supplies and handwritten notes of encouragement for the children and teachers.
- Host an April Showers party – collect baby/toddler items for donation to organizations that work with young families, or collect toiletry items for organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness.
Take a moment to honor the people around you.
- Teacher Appreciation Week falls in May each year! Encourage your kids/grand kids to write letters of thanks to their teachers. Or, look up a favorite teacher of your own and tell them how they impacted your life!
- Write and send cards to people who could use a little extra care this season. Consider deployed military, distant college students, veterans, shut-ins, and parents who are celebrating Mother’s Day while their children are hospitalized on pediatric or NICU wards.
- Purchase an extra umbrella from the dollar store to carry with you. When you see someone who needs help staying dry – at a bus stop, a sporting event, etc – pass them your umbrella!
- Take a moment to say “thank you” to the road crews – their diligent work keeps us safe.
- Order a pizza or bake some cookies for your local public servants – librarians, police, fire departments, EMS, etc.
Organize for Impact:
Want to go big this spring? Consider tackling one of these opportunities:
- Consider erecting a Little Free Library on your property. Meet your neighbors, encourage literacy, and make reading material accessible for everyone in your vicinity!
- Gather the kiddos and put together a lemonade stand to benefit your favorite school or charity.
- Contact your local Red Cross chapter and organize a blood drive – cold winter weather often leaves many blood banks running low!
- National Volunteer Week falls in April each year and is right around the corner! Why not honor the volunteers in your church/agency –OR– motivate your small group or family to join the effort and serve that week!
- Give generously! Each year, GiveSTL Day runs from midnight to midnight to fund raise support for the many agencies that make our St. Louis region a great place to live. Click here to learn more!