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Service Ideas List

Want ideas for how you can serve others? Here is a list of activities you can do by yourself or with others. This list is just a starting point to help you come up with your own ideas for serving. Some activities may require you to obtain proper permission first.

  • Write letters to all of the missionaries, including senior couples, serving from your ward.
  • Go contacting with the full-time missionaries serving in your area.
  • Clean up the building after the next Mutual activity.
  • Assist in babysitting during Relief Society activities.
  • Offer people rides to meetings and activities.
  • Play catch with a child.
  • Wake up early and make school lunches for your family members.
  • Write letters to your grandparents, great-aunts, and great-uncles.
  • Clean out your closet, and donate clothes you no longer use.
  • Offer to be in charge of a family home evening.
  • Make goodies to give to your home teachers the next time they visit.
  • Clean and defrost the freezer.
  • Write someone in your family a secret “thank you” or “I love you” note.
  • Let others watch the television programs they prefer—for an entire week.
  • Tell your parents you love them and how much you appreciate them.
  • Play some music your parents like on the radio or stereo.
  • Polish your parents’ shoes to prepare for Sunday.
  • Offer to babysit while your parents or other couples attend the temple.
  • Make your siblings’ beds.
  • Record oral histories of elderly members in your ward.
  • Read to children in a hospital.
  • Organize an expedition to the park or an activity for neighborhood kids.
  • Do yard work for widows.
  • Tutor someone learning your language.
  • Accompany someone who needs your help getting to the grocery store, the park, or ward activities.
  • Organize an emergency preparedness seminar for your neighborhood.
  • Provide ward members with addressed, stamped envelopes to write to missionaries from the ward.
  • Organize a blood drive for your ward, stake, or neighborhood.
  • Offer free babysitting to families unable to pay for it.
  • Provide cheerleaders for ward sports teams.
  • Mow the bishop’s lawn.
  • Tutor children in the ward who are having a difficult time in school.
  • Deliver meals provided by the Relief Society for families in need.
  • Organize a “lifesaver committee” to which ward mothers can turn for babysitting, housework, and other needs in times of emergency.
  • Babysit children of ward choir members during choir practices or performances.
  • Tape record the ward newsletter for any blind people in your ward.
  • Host a joint cleanup project with a youth group from a congregation of another religion.
  • Accompany new ward members to classes.
  • Share Church magazines with individuals who don’t subscribe to them.
  • Set up chairs when any organization in the ward needs help.
  • Help elderly ward members type their personal histories.
  • Learn to do your family history.
  • Compose a song for someone who needs it.
  • Send someone an anonymous note listing qualities you admire in him or her.
  • Keep your room clean—a great service to your parents.
  • Teach children how to play games you played as a child.
  • Make posters or banners to help publicize upcoming ward events.
  • Walk dogs for people who are too ill to do it themselves.
  • Pay fast offerings.
  • Clean up a vacant lot in your neighborhood.
  • Do yard work for a neighbor who is out of town.
  • Find out if your city has a volunteer service program, and help an organization that needs volunteers.
  • Offer to help your local library with storytelling time in the children’s section.
  • Run errands for people unable to leave their homes.
  • Visit people unable to leave their homes, and share the messages from classes and talks given at church each Sunday.
  • When a mother has a new baby, offer to babysit the other children so the husband can visit his wife in the hospital.
  • Prepare and present a family home evening that would be appropriate for presentation at a nursing home for the elderly.
  • Drive elderly people to visit their friends.
  • Find a family in financial distress and anonymously give them a gift certificate to go out for ice cream or another treat.
  • Till and plant a garden for someone unable do it.
  • Write a thank-you card to your home teachers.
  • Take photos of elderly ward members and provide prints free for them to send to their grandchildren.
  • Help a young mother keep her children’s clothes in good repair by patching, darning, or sewing on buttons.
  • Write a note of thanks to a teacher who has made a real difference in your life.
  • Send a stuffed animal toy to the children’s ward of a local hospital.
  • Make activity kits for children living in shelters for the homeless or abused.
  • Wash your family’s and neighbors’ cars.
  • Donate blood to a local blood bank.
  • Pick up trash in the park, at school, or as you walk along the sidewalk.
  • Wash the dishes, vacuum, or do something that needs to be done around the house while your parents are away.
  • Organize a food or clothing drive in your neighborhood, and donate the items you collect to a local shelter.
  • Do something nice for your siblings.
  • Pray for those who you know need a little extra help.
  • Sew aprons to be used in cooking classes provided at a local school for the disabled.
  • Prepare homemade greeting cards for people in supervised homes, prisons, or nursing homes.
  • Give manicures and pedicures to elderly women.
  • Sort donated food and clothing at a charitable organization.
  • Sing at a hospital or nursing home.
  • Make a surprise visit to a less-active youth in your ward. Consider taking a treat.
  • Iron clothes for another family.
  • Pick a flower from your yard and give it to someone who lives alone or needs cheering.
  • Commit to do certain household tasks for elderly people in your ward on a regular basis.
  • Offer to read the newspaper, the scriptures, or a favorite Church book to an elderly member of your ward who needs it.
  • Organize your family photographs and put them into albums.
  • Sit down with grandparents and label their old photos for them.
  • Babysit the bishop’s children so he can go out with his wife.
  • Take food to the bishop on a Sunday afternoon or weeknight when he has been at the ward for several hours.
  • Collect one recipe from each woman in the ward, and compile them in a booklet to share with ward members.
  • Organize a dinner or potluck with neighbors.
  • Beautify the landscape of a local historical monument.
  • Repair and repaint benches or bleachers at a local park.
  • Organize a book drive for your local library.
  • Collect used prescription eye glasses for the needy.
  • Map out and make a chart of the names on graves at a local cemetery, making it easier for people to locate the graves of their loved ones.
  • Plant two or three tomato plants in a pot, and give the pot to an elderly person or couple to grow on a porch or patio.
  • Help someone moving into or out of your neighborhood.
  • Volunteer to clean the sacrament trays or to launder the sacrament cloths.
  • Walk through the chapel and pick up programs and papers after a meeting.
  • Use socks to make hand puppets for disabled, hospitalized, or homeless children.
  • Organize a neighborhood activity day.
  • Collect unused Scout uniforms from ward members, and give the clothing to a local Scout troop.
  • Write your testimony inside the front cover of copies of the Book of Mormon, and give them to the missionaries in your area.
  • Research and hold an evening on the history of the Young Women program. Invite the mothers of the young women in your ward, and invite them share an experience from their years in the Mutual Improvement Association.
  • Give financial help to missionaries who need it.
  • Clean the grounds of a cemetery.
  • Plant trees as part of a local conservation or beautification project.
  • Build a toy box or bookshelf for the ward nursery.
  • Make a family first-aid kit.
  • Bake a birthday cake for widows or widowers who don’t have children nearby.
  • Help elderly women in your ward feel needed by asking them to teach you skills like knitting, quilting, and making needlepoint projects.
  • Clean the banks of a nearby river or beach.
  • Make “quiet books” for children, and give the books to the missionaries to use with their investigators’ children.
  • Select a person you don’t know very well at school, and then smile and say hello each time you see him or her.
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  • Let someone go in front of you while you’re waiting in a checkout line or in traffic.
  • Write letters to soldiers, and send them care packages.
  • Organize a bake sale to raise money for a cause that you support.
  • Help at a soup kitchen.
  • Put on a carnival for adults or children with mental disabilities.
  • Design a service project to honor the wives of the men serving in the bishopric.
  • Work with the local police department to set up a booth for parents to fill out information about their children in case the children go missing.
  • Collect items for soldiers.
  • Tie fleece blankets and donate them to a homeless shelter.
  • Build a wheelchair ramp where one is needed.
  • Raise money for a drug-rehab center.

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