Dear Amy: I will be assigned a community service project when school starts, and I’m supposed to come up with an idea beforehand. Can you help? — Benjamin S., Seattle, Washington
Dear Ben: One way to begin is to read about the problems going on in your community and think of ways that you can help. For instance, Teens for Jeans is a campaign where Aéropostale partnered with schools to collect jeans to deliver to homeless shelters. Participating schools – 13,000 of them – were able to collect 5 million pairs of jeans!
Dosomething.org is a place that features campaigns started by people all over the country to solve important issues. It is a terrific place to find inspiration for your own project. For instance, if you type in “cancer,” you will see a project called Give a Spit About Cancer. This project encourages people to join the national bone marrow registry by submitting to a simple test.
School supplies are an expense that many families have trouble with at this time of year. Backpack Attack is a project that helps with this problem. Find an issue you are passionate about, and I’m sure you’ll come up with a great idea for your project.
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