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"Today, millions of Americans, the quiet Americans, the selfless Americans, are giving of their time and themselves, and they work at day care centers and inner-city schools, homes for the elderly--anywhere there's a need, anytime they are needed--making a difference in the lives of those for whom the American dream seem an impossible dream." -- George Bush
Young people are serving their communities in record numbers... and, with school out, summer is a great time to get started volunteering! Youth Service America suggests these 100 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Community:
Help teach a younger child to read.
Help cook and/or serve a meal at a homeless shelter.
Gather clothing from your neighbors and donate it to a local shelter.
Make “I Care” kits with combs, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc. for the homeless.
Pack and hand out food at a local food bank.
Adopt a “grandfriend” and write them letters and visit them.
Visit senior citizens at a nursing home.
Rake leaves, shovel snow, clean gutters, or wash windows for a senior citizen.
Pick up groceries or medicine for an elderly person.
Go for a walk with a senior citizen in your community.
Deliver meals to homebound individuals.
Hold an afternoon dance for your local nursing home.
Teach a senior friend how to use a computer and the Internet.
Paint a mural over graffiti.
Invite local police officers to present a drug awareness or safety presentation.
Tutor a student that needs help learning English or some other subject.
Organize a canned goods drive.
Clean up a vacant lot or park.
Organize a campaign to raise money to purchase and install playground equipment.
Plant flowers in public areas that could use some color.