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* Walk your favorite trail with a bag and collect trash.
* Organize a neighborhood drive for food, blood, furniture, toiletries or whatever is needed.
* Collect books to be distributed to kids and families who might not otherwise have them.
* Write letters for people living at a nursing home who might have arthritis in their hands.
* Work with the police to organize a neighborhood safety watch.
* Make a food basket for someone in need.
* Host a volunteer planning meeting.
* Install door locks, drill peepholes, and improve home safety for seniors and disabled people in your neighborhood.
* Hold a story hour and read to children in your neighborhood.
* Clean up a local park and plant a tree or some flowers.
* Be a homework helper in an after-school program.
* Assemble and deliver personal care kits to an area shelter (toothpaste, soap, combs, etc.).
* Do yard work for a sick or elderly neighbor.
* Start a public awareness campaign for a cause you believe in.
* Organize a community "closet cleaning" day/week and donate old clothes, furniture and other items to a homeless shelter or other organization.
* Spruce up a baseball diamond by painting the dugout and fence and pulling weeds.
* Visit an animal shelter and help to bathe animals and clean their homes.
* Help out a low income neighborhood by repairing, painting, pulling weeds, removing trash and planting flowers in their playground.
* Paint, clean, wash windows, etc. at a local school or chapel.
* Play games, make popcorn and visit residents at a local nursing home.
* Volunteer at a dance or other special event for people with disabilities.
* Be a family-to-family mentor.
* Take a homebound friend out to eat and to run errands.
* Be a foster family or host a summer guest through programs such as "Fresh Air."
* Make cards or letters for military personnel who are stationed out of the country.
* Collect teddy bears and suitcases for foster children.
* Be a reading and literacy tutor at the library.
* Bake sweets and give them to someone who needs a special gift.
* Distribute water at a city festival or other event.
* Visit patients in the hospital and help deliver mail and flowers or bring coloring pages and crosswords to share.
* Read to someone with a visual impairment - perhaps an elderly neighbor misses the newspaper because the type is too small.