Spring Into Service: Easy Ways to Get Started!

Social Service Outreach

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 –gardening tools

  • 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.

Cultivate Kindness:

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 Thank youof 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!

Other Options:

  • 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!