January 20, 2018

Dave ‘Gonzo’ Kelly’s handy list of places to serve your community

Looking for ways for individual students, or volunteer groups to get involved in serving the community in and around your campus? Here’s a list of reputable organizations – big and small – to help you start your search. Many of these are national organizations but have thriving local chapters or offices that are impacting live and communities near you. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive nor is any listing an implied endorsement.  Carefully research any organization you choose to work with at the Better Business Bureau for Charities and Donors or through local sources such as newspapers and the public library.  You’ll want to determine if the organization is having positive impact within your community and that your involvement will reflect well on you, your organization and your school. Please let me know of any worthy additions to this list.

In a more general sense, if nothing above suits you here are some general categaory to tickle your imagination. If it’s an area that interests you check the local newspaper, yellow pages or do an internet search to see if there’s a volunteer or community service opportunity in your area.

  • Animal shelters
  • Childrens’ hospitals
  • Churches
  • Public elementary schools
  • ESL programs
  • Famine relief programs
  • Homeless programs
  • Literacy councils
  • Orphanages
  • Police athletic leagues
  • Veterans’ organizations

And finally, here are some organizations that your club or campus organization can partner with to do service:

I hope this helps and once again, let me know of any worthy additions to this list.

Dave ‘Gonzo’ Kelly
America’s Student Leadership Trainer™
Building Leaders Through Service™

About the Author: Dave "Gonzo" Kelly (64 Posts)

Dave Kelly is the leading authority on student leadership and community service on college campuses today. As a professional trainer, motivator, and servant leader, Dave is an expert on all aspects of running and leading campus organizations and developing the character of a servant leader. Dave has 20+ years training leaders and advisors from student government associations, campus activities boards and campus clubs of every kind on organizational leadership and community service projects. He has trained students and advisors at more than 150 different colleges and universities and is the national coordinator for the APCA Serves! Initiative by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.

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