148 Ideas for LDS Service Projects for youth
Thanks Sharma for these ideas
1. Make Welcome Packets to be given to newcomers in the Ward. Include: a map of the city, Guides to the area, list of stores, bus schedules, schools, libraries, laundries, babysitters and phone numbers.
2. Collect ironing from a large family in a basket and return it neatly ironed and tied with a bow. Include a note: It was a pleasure to serve you
3. Collect mending from a large family and return it all mended with a bow.
4. Take an elderly person shopping or offer to do a little shopping for them each week
5. Take a flower from your yard and give it to someone who lives along or needs a lift
6. Commit to do certain household tasks for elderly people in the ward on a regular basis, sweeping, vacuuming, changing bed linens, pulling weeds, etc
7. Put on a “This is your life” night for older members, new members or special families in the Ward.
8. Offer to read the newspaper, the scriptures or favorite Church book to an elderly member of the ward who needs it.
9. As a class, furnish a group babysitting service for tots (age 1-5) during Dec or other busy seasons on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 1 pm, so mothers can go shopping.
10. Volunteer to baby-sit your own younger brother and sisters one or two nights a month without charge, so your parents can have a night out.
11. Volunteer to organize your family photographs and put them into albums
12. Sit down with the grandparents and label their old photos for them
13. Sit down with grandparents and listen to their stories and experiences. Tape record their voices and stories
14. Volunteer to tend the Bishops children so he can go out with his wife.
15. Take a sandwich or treat over to the Bishop on a Sunday afternoon when he has been interviewing at the ward all day, or an evening when he has been working at the ward.
16. Volunteer to take care of a couple’s family while they go on a temple trip
17. Volunteer to work as a community playground helper
18. Collect one timesaver recipe or idea from each young mother in the ward and compile a booklet to be given out on Mothers Day
19. Volunteer to type the ward program or bulletin
20. Volunteer to organize the Ward bulletin board
21. Organize a ward homemade ice cream party
22. Organize a ward book swap
23. Organize an ongoing aluminum can drive
24. Adopt a rest home, school for the blind, etc. Commit to give a program 3 -4 times during the year. Commit to visit, read, write letters, or record their life stories on a regular basis.
25. Have a “Mother Appreciation Day” Each girl writes a note to her mother, bakes a cake, gives a flower
26. Have a “Father Appreciation Day”
27. Write a letter of appreciation to your legislator, Mayor, governor, an old teacher, school superintendent, Bishop.
28. Instigate a ward clothing exchange, swap used or outgrown clothes
29. Organize a ward dinner or potluck with an activity
30. Organize a sister event to foster unity and sisterhood between tow wards; the host ward plans the events for the day: picnic, talent exchange, sporting events etc)
31. Start a “love basket” by putting a treat in the bucket with a note and leaving it anonymously on the doorstep of a family; note attached could say: ” This little love bucket is meant to express love from a neighbor who you’ll never guess. Replace the goodie with a treat from you and pass it on to someone you love too”
32. Volunteer to deliver new phone books
33. Volunteer to work in a hospital
34. Volunteer to work in a school
35. Landscape and renovate a local historical monument
36. Provide a complete Christmas tree, decorations, presents and food, for one or two needy families
37. Repair and repaint bleachers at a local ballpark
38. Paint and service fire hydrants in your community
39. Organize a party, picnic, or camping trip for handicapped youth
40. Organize a book drive for your local library
41. Plan a community safety fair.
42. Build ramps for wheelchairs for your ward or public buildings
43. Paint addresses on the back of fences of houses in your community for easy identification for emergency vehicles
44. Renovate a campground
45. Collect used prescription eye glasses for the needy
46. Clean up a highway, road or unsightly vacant lot in your community
47. Make a self-guided trail in a local nature area
48. Canvass unregistered voters and urge them to register
49. Map out and make a chart of graves in a local cemetery
50. Build a flagpole for your ward or community
51. Help the local historical society restore and old home
52. Find out if there is a habitat for humanity project you can help with
53. Paint street numbers on curbs
54. Hold a book drive for the children’s ward at the hospital
55. Build a fish habitat for a local park
56. Have a quilting bee and donate the quilts to local nursing homes or crisis centers
57. Build pinewood derby racetrack for your ward or community
58. Build a drinking fountain for your local park
59. Make table easels for your local daycare or ward
60. Plan a Christmas toy drive or make toys for a local nursery or child crisis center
61. Refurbish the toys in the nursery, make some new ones.
62. Select a family and volunteer “I’ve got 30 min – what can I do for you?” This could be arranged ahead of time.
63. Plant two or three tomato plants in a tub and give to an elderly person or couple to grow on their porch or patio.
64. Take some tomato plants in a tub or some marigolds, etc, to a neighbor
65. Volunteer to help someone moving into or out of our neighborhood. Help tend children, carry boxes, help load or unload the truck or van.
66. Select a woman or women whom the girls admire and arrange for them to have a visit with her in her home, hearing her tell about her family’s treasures, traditions, etc
67. Volunteer to clean the Sacrament trays, or launder the Sacrament cloths
68. Volunteer to string popcorn and dip the strings in wax for the Ward Christmas tree
69. Volunteer to help houseclean the ward, under the direction of the Bishop or Superintendent.
70. Have a no charge car wash
71. Make a banner, wall hanging, collage, or framed photographs to present to the Bishop for his office or foyer
72. Make fabric covers for own hymnbooks
73. Repair old and worn hymnbooks
74. Volunteer to help in your ward library – ASK THE LIBRARIAN!!!
75. Donate a fruit tree to the ward, plant it in a location approved by the bishop. Take baskets of fresh fruit to families in the ward. Include a note: “Picked for you with love”
76. Volunteer as a class or individual to care for the baptismal clothes after each baptism
77. Volunteer to sing or give a program at a baptism
78. Volunteer to walk thru the chapel and pick up programs and papers after the meetings
79. Collect favorite recipes for special occasions from ward members. Compile into a small booklet to be given to mothers on Mothers day or a book of families favorite Thanksgiving recipes or Holiday recipes
80. Have a neighborhood Olympics
81. Organize a neighborhood, ward or area cultural night.
82. Have a neighborhood flower and vegetable garden tour
83. Volunteer to refurbish trash containers in a local park
84. Instigate a cooperative garage sale with your neighbors
85. Collect old Scout uniforms throughout the ward and give them to your scout troop
86. Write letters to senators, representatives, asking for their help to stamp out pornography, immoral movies etc. Compliment and patronize stores who do not carry pornographic books and magazines.
87. Write your testimony in the front copies of Book of Mormons and give them to the missionaries in your area
88. Adopt a missionary who does not have a family supporting him or her.
rite letters of support, send care packages.
89. Adopt an international missionary. Send letters and packages
90. Volunteer to plan a Sacrament Meeting with talks, musical numbers, prayers by youth
91. Research and hold an evening on the history of the Young Women. Invite
mothers and have them share an experience from MIA
92. Research and investigate the beginning of the church in your area; write it into a talk or presentation to be given at an appropriate time.
93. Spend a day tracting with the missionaries
94. Have the missionaries come and discuss how they prepared for their missions and some positive experiences they have had
95. Write a story of your conversion or your parents, and present it to your parents.
96. Make a Jubilee box or time capsule to be opened in 10 years. Each YW can write a letter expressing her feelings, goals, etc. Include parents names and phone numbers in a list taped to the outside of the box so the leader in 10 years can contact each girl and arrange an anniversary
celebration. Be sure to include a class photo.
97. Landscape the grounds and renovate the parking lot of your ward or another church in your community.
98. Conduct a series of CPR classes for your community
99. Give financial help to missionaries
100. Identify one whom you feel has wronged you, make a project of forgiving that person and understanding the person and dismissing all ill feelings, make him or her your friend.
101. Fast as a class or group for specific purpose, an inactive member, a problem in the class, an afflicted member in the ward.
102. Organize a blood drive in your ward or stake
103. Compile info from local law enforcement agencies on preventing home burglary, present it to your neighborhood
104. Clear off, build up, and maintain a forest or park trail
105. Organize an “operation Identification” for your neighborhood; engrave numbers on their valuable items to prevent burglary
106. Paint loading zones near schools or buses
107. Organize a community “jog-a-thon” to raise money for the needy
108. Make a point of interest sign for local historical sites and monuments
109. Build picnic tables for your ward or community
110. Paint or repaint the lines on a school playground
111. Clean up a cemetery, plant grass and flowers
112. Plant trees as part of a local conservation or beautification project
113. Build a toy box or bookshelf for the ward nursery
114. Organize a Desert Industries drive in your ward or neighborhood
115. Hold a poison awareness seminar, with tips from experts on making homes safe
116. Clean and paint water meters for your community
117. Organize a bicycle safety rodeo for your area
118. Build round tabletops for the church banquets and parties
119. Repaint handicapped insignia and parking spaces at church or community parking lots
120. Conduct an anti-litter campaign in your neighborhood or school
121. Build a trophy case for your ward or school
122. Make newspaper logs to help families in your ward with emergency preparedness
123. Build a storage shed for the ward
124. Free (really free, no donations) car wash and give out LDS pass-along cards
125. Make a family first-aid kit.
126. Instigate self sufficiency workshops- learn simple home repairs and maintenance, electrical cords, leaky plumbing, etc.
127. Bake a birthday cake for widows or widowers who don’t have children nearby.
128. Have a community night- invite a group from another church to share in
an activity or a workshop to consider young women issues and concerns.
129. Volunteer to deliver new phone books.
130. Volunteer to take a store inventory.
131. Volunteer for a community campground or park cleanup.
132. Volunteer for a playground equipment repair project.
133. Volunteer to work in a hospital.
134. Volunteer to work in a school.
135. Volunteer to help out with such organizations as Special Olympics, March of Dimes, Medic Alert, etc.
136. Write a letter to your parents on your birthday thanking them for the life they have given you and all your blessings through them.
137. Have a project to interest your younger brothers and sisters in the scriptures. Read them a scripture you especially like and which has helped you in your life. Read the scriptures with them for a few minutes several times a week.
138. Write a letter to someone in the ward who has influenced you in gaining a testimony. Express appreciation for their influence in your life.
139. Write letters to the Bishopric and their families and express appreciation for all they do for you. Send a treat along that you have made in class.
140. Write a letter to your father expressing appreciation for him as head of the home and for the Priesthood he bears. This will encourage him to improve his performance as a Priesthood bearer.
141. Help your family keep the Sabbath day holy by planning activities that are appropriate for Sunday.
142. Choose a needy family at Christmas and celebrate the “12 Days of Christmas” by leaving a gift each day without letting them know the givers.
143. Serve a delicious meal to everyone in your ward over 65. As part of your entertainment spotlight events or experiences in their lives which are inspirational and interesting.
144. Older people need to be wanted. Ask older women in your ward to teach the skills like knitting, needle-point, quilting, etc.
145. Help with a political campaign. Encourage your parents to vote.
146. Clean the banks of a nearby river or highway or beach.
147. Make quiet books for children and give to the missionaries to use with their investigators’ children.
148. Hold a Teacher Appreciation Night for school teachers. Have a nice dinner in the cultural hall and ask the Bishop to speak, thanking them for their good influence. Give out certificates.