People Take Action
Provide a meal and basic clothing for those who are homeless in your community.
Work with a local shelter or homeless agency to identify an area where homeless individuals typically stay. Partner with members of your community to collect basic clothing and toiletry items along with hot soup and sandwiches. Travel in groups to deliver these items to homeless individuals in your community, offering conversation and prayer.
Create Caregiver Kits for developing countries.
Organize a small or large group to participate in an assembly-line production of handy kits for World Vision's caregiver network of almost 60,000 who care for chronically ill adults as well as orphans and vulnerable children in developing countries. Engage your community and use it as an opportunity to advocate organizations serving people living with HIV and AIDS and children orphaned because of AIDS.
Make "welcome baby" kits for low-income mothers with newborns.
Put together baby bags filled with diapers, baby bottles, pacifiers, wash clothes, gentle baby soap, hooded bath towels, snap t-shirts, lightweight sleepers, socks and blankets for new mothers lacking the funds to provide for their newborns. Include a short message of encouragement or prayer with the goodies. Donate the baby bags to a pregnancy clinic in a low-income area.
Conduct a toiletries drive for a service organization in your area.
Connect with a shelter, mission or youth organization in your area that is in need of toiletries and other supplies. Get a list of needed items, and coordinate with local grocery and drug stores to request items from customers as they enter. Share information about the organization and their needs with patrons, and deliver the materials directly to the nonprofit in your area.
Provide care kits for U.S. soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Partner with individuals in your church and community to collect supplies and create care kits for U.S. soldiers working overseas. Have fun with the event, creating assembly-line duties for kids and members of the community. Include prayers and notes of encouragement.
Join with your community in assembling disaster relief kits.
Join with your community in assembling basic kits containing practical items for a family or individual who has lost their material goods in a disaster. Take time to pray for those affected and for volunteers and emergency workers who aid survivors.
Host a quilting or knitting group and donate items to a needy cause.
Find skilled members of your congregation or community to lead regular quilting or knitting groups. Donate your finished products to an organization that provides blankets and clothing for children in need. Invite community members of all skill levels to participate, and use the time to establish friendships and support while helping others.
Contact your local shelter and volunteer to serve the homeless in your area.
Work with the volunteer coordinator at your local shelter or mission to find ways your congregation can help those who are homeless in your area. Establish one-time or ongoing service groups to collect items, organize goods, serve food, clean or spruce up the facilities. Consider the needs of the shelter and how they match the gifts of your group.
Create college care packages and distribute them to students.
Get permission from a local college or university to distribute care packages to students. Plan ahead by creating a sample package and a list of needed supplies. Ask members of your congregation to donate items, and then come together to assemble and distribute the care packages.
Host a free car check-up and oil change.
Set up a car check-up station at your church or another location in your community to reach out to your neighbors in a practical way. Check car fluids and tire pressure and change the oil. Include a car wash to make the cars look glamorous on the outside, too.
Volunteer with a local food bank.
Coordinate with a local food bank to host a food drive, transport donations, re-package food or assist with administrative tasks. Invite the community to participate with you, and include an opportunity to learn about hunger in America and around the world.