4-Hers Give 4 Service Campaign
4-H members, leaders, and volunteers are challenged to "pledge their hands to larger service" and contribute at least four hours of community service each month. Download the Service Activities Information Sheet for great ideas!
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Nearly any service project can have a Centennial flair by just adding a 100 item challenge to commemorate 4-H’s 100th birthday. Here are just a few ideas of projects you could organize in your community.
Citizenship and Civic Education
- Make Hero Packs for Operation Military Kids to support local military families.
- 100 letters challenge – write letters to soldiers letting them know you appreciate their service.
- Give out 100 small American flags at a Memorial Day or July 4 parade. Put a sticker on each stick saying the flags are “given by ____________ 4-H Club in honor of our country and the 100th birthday of Utah 4-H”.
- Build a 4-H float for a local parade.
- March as a 4-H club in local parades.
- Wear 4-H T-shirts to any public event to publicize 4-H
- 100 handshakes “Pay It Forward”
- 100 Random Acts of Kindness
- Distribute voter registration information
- Advocate for youth issues with governing bodies
- Organize a Christmas Center where those who can’t afford to buy gifts for their families can go to get clothes, toys, household items, food
- Write a proposal asking that a vacant lot be turned into a playground. Follow up and build the playground
- Adopt a new immigrant family and help them connect to the community
- Organize a cultural festival to celebrate and share diversity (and food)
- Build a memorial for veterans, or for founders of the community
- Investigate needs, publicize, collect, and process items needed for disaster relief
- Trick or Treat for UNICEF
- Establish a once a week visit and activity time for a nursing home
- Collect oral histories from the oldest residents, print, and share them
- Help an elderly neighbor – mow, pull weeds, shovel snow, paint
- Older 4-H’ers conduct special 4-H program for institutionalized handicapped
- Lend a helping hand at a local community center
- Write and produce a play about a current issue
Communication and Arts
- 100 Card Challenge – Make holiday cards for people in nursing homes, hospitals, Meals on Wheels trays
- Do a genealogy of the oldest 4-H family you can find in your club or county. Submit their story to the 4-H alumni newsletter.
- Tutor younger kids to improve reading and writing skills
- Make a list of hotlines for kids who need help. Distribute the list widely to kids as a billfold card
- Present special talents (dance, music) to nursing homes
- Christmas caroling to elderly and shut-ins
- Design posters for non?profit organizations, 4-H office
Consumer and Family Sciences
- Organize a food drive for a local food bank. 100 cans (or 100 pounds) challenge might be appropriate for small club or you might want a larger challenge for a countywide effort.
- Volunteer to help in preschools, after school child care, homeless shelters, Ronald McDonald houses
- Lead a 4-H project for kids in after school programs
- Recycle discarded clothing into useful items for the needy
- Make quilts for needy
- Wash and sanitize toys at a church, school or health department
- Deliver demonstrations, presentations on consumer issues
- Organize a Neighborhood Crime Watch and engraving of valuables in homes
- Help shut-ins with needed home maintenance, renovations
- Clean up and paint over graffiti
- Develop a brochure of all services and helps available to parents; distribute them
- Volunteer to help with child care for those who can’t afford to pay
- Act as big buddies to children who need extra support and role models
- Coach children in sports
- Read books to children in a library program
- Make care packages for teenage mothers, including diapers, baby wipes, baby shampoo, lotion, children’s books, and a guide for new parents
- Form a welcome wagon for new teenagers to your community
- Record children's books on tape and donate books with tapes to a family support center, shelter, or children's hospital
- Paint “Happy Factory” toys (http://www.happyfactory.org)
- Conduct a clothing repair or sewing workshop for needy people.
- Assemble a new parent's kit for the arrival of a newborn.
- Collect old magazines and donate them to day care centers.
- Collect old clothes and donate them for a dress-up area at a daycare.
- Donate Toys & Other Patient-Use Items to Primary Children’s Medical Center call (801-662-5968)
- Write a kids' book author and ask them to donate signed copies, auction the books off and donate the money to local library
- Donate old eyeglasses to an organization or place that recycles them for the needy.
- 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.
- Take photos during an event and donate them to the event organizers
- Start a collection drive for old sports equipment and donate it to needy families
Environmental Education and Earth Sciences
- 100 Bag Challenge – 100 bags of trash collected. Organize an Adopt a Highway or Adopt a Spot campaign
- Deliver stewardship presentations to elementary classes
- Install 4?H stenciled trash cans in community parks
- Restore stream banks on nearby streams
- Control erosion on public lands such as parks
- Deliver demonstrations on energy conservation to schools, PTA, service clubs
- Organize a community Arbor Day celebration – plant trees in public areas
- Plant wildlife food plots in public and private lands
- Plant wildflowers in public right of ways
- Establish demonstration plot of native plants in a park
- Become an active member of an environmental or wildlife organization
- Conduct a day camp for younger kids in poor neighborhoods
- Collect, build, and install playground equipment for a low income day care center
- Promote a special summer week of city wide cleanup. Involve ALL youth groups
- Demonstrate home and yard composting throughout the community
- Get your school to stop using environmentally unfriendly packaging in the lunchroom
- Weatherize homes for the low income families
- Start, promote, and maintain a neighborhood, school, or church wide recycling program
- Collect Christmas trees and leaves for recycling
- Conduct a feasibility study and lobby for a community wide recycling program if your community doesn’t already have one
- Build bird feeders to give to senior citizens or aviary societies
- Create bike trails in the community
- Volunteer at Utah State Parks http://stateparks.utah.gov/volunteer or email Volunteer Coordinator email@example.com
- Clean up a cemetery, plant grass and flowers
- 100 mile challenge – Organize active wellness events such as bike rides or hikes, share health tips with participants
- 100 Blue Ribbon Recipes – collect 4-H recipes from the past and present
- Bottle challenge – Promote safe disposal of prescription drugs through local police department or pharmacy
- Present anti?drug programs to your school
- Organize Kick Butts (anti?smoking) program for junior and senior high students
- Advocate or raise funds for mental and emotional health services
- Organize and staff a youth crisis hotline
- Take food baskets to shut?ins
- Help cook and serve at center for homeless, Ronald McDonald house
- Promote and take part in food recovery programs in restaurants, etc.
- Establish a fitness course in a public park
- Sponsor a community blood drive. Contact past donors, set donation appointments, send reminder postcard, put up posters, do radio spots, help unload blood mobile, setup, assist as Gophers
- Present safety demonstrations and programs in schools
- Conduct safety surveys of homes, farms, tagging safety hazards
- Organize and conduct a hunter safety course in the community
- Campaign for streetlights or crosswalks at dangerous intersections
- Serve in a soup kitchen
- Help staff a food pantry on a regular basis
- Deliver Meals on Wheels
- Design a flier of after-school safety tips and deliver it to daycare centers and grade schools
- Create a poison awareness campaign.
- Ask your fire department how you can help others learn about fire safety.
- Make emergency kits for your home.
- Collect money for a good cause.
- Create a holiday safety video
- Start a campaign against teen suicide.
- Volunteer at a police station.
- If you're good at fixing bikes, volunteer to teach others how to fix their bikes.
- Conduct bike safety checks for your neighborhood.
- Sponsor a drug free post prom event.
- Organize a drug free pledge campaign.
- Organize a self defense workshop
Personal Development and Leadership
- 100 books or toys collected challenge – Collect used children’s books, make them available to those in need or donate to Head Start, a shelter or other non-profit organization
- Volunteer with service agencies that allow you to explore careers of interest
- Advocate for training and jobs for those leaving welfare
- Serve on church, community boards, and committees
- Find a younger kid who needs a friend and introduce him to your hobby
- Provide special holiday activities for nursing homes
- Set up a book exchange so kids can trade in ones they have read for ones they have not
- Organize and conduct community celebrations
- Lead Bingo or other games for nursing home residents
- Write Letters to the Editor reacting to local concerns of youth
- Share your testimony before city, county boards and councils to address problems facing local youth
- Gather school supplies for low income children who are starting school
- Lead classes for migrant farm children during the summer
- Write or read letters for senior citizens who can no longer write or read
- Help senior citizens with shopping needs (Christmas, groceries, errands)
- Lead recreation and tutoring in a juvenile center
- Collect books for the prison library
- Offer a shuttle service to help people get to appointments, church, etc.
- Create a volunteer guide to non?profit organizations in your community, listing their purpose, needs, and opportunities
Plants and Animals
- Plant 100 trees campaign (or flowers or bulbs)
- Donate 100 pounds of produce grown by 4-H’ers to a local shelter, pantry, etc.
- Give 100 potted plants or flowers to nursing home patients.
- Create a clover shaped flower or herb garden in your community.
- Farm Day for nursing home residents, school kids
- Petting Zoo at the fair, community events
- Take pets to nursing homes once a month
- Raise guide dog or helper dog puppies
- Volunteer at the animal shelter
- Get involved with humane society in controlling pet populations, reducing strays, arranging for free or inexpensive spaying and neutering in low income areas
- Establish flower and vegetable gardens at nursing homes, help residents care for them
- Establish a kid community garden in a vacant lot, with 4-H’ers organizing, serving as resources
- Restore a neglected cemetery
- Participate in therapeutic horseback riding for adults and kids with disabilities
- Donate extra garden produce to the food pantry, soup kitchens
- Participate in gleaning of the fields Glean local farm fields and take the produce to the local food bank or soup kitchen
Science and Technology
- 100 kids explore science challenge – Conduct a 4-H National Science Day experiment in your community
- Interview older alumni to preserve their 4-H stories in a video you create
- Present science demonstrations in elementary schools
- Tutor younger kids who have trouble in science
- Conduct a chick embryology program at a school
- Make wooden holiday gifts for needy children
- Tune up, sharpen, and adjust lawn care machinery for those who need it
- Test samples of local drinking water for lead
- Reclaim broken bicycles and lawn mowers and donate them to low income families
- Make special equipment (such as wheelchair ramps) for people with disabilities
- Sort robotics kits for your local 4-H organization
Clint Albrecht, USU 4-H/FCS Faculty – Beaver County
Donna Carter, USU 4-H Faculty – Weber County
Ann Henderson, USU 4-H/FCS Faculty – Box Elder County
4-H Community Service Ideas – Author Not Listed