Credit: Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, USA
Teach the older generation in your town how to use technology to their benefit
Find a group of elderly people who are usually far away from their families.
Bring them to a computer lab at your local community center or school
Connect each member of your team with a “student” or two to teach them basic use of computers and phones – that way they can be in touch with their family, surf the web and enjoy the benefits of technology.
Credit: Chingalire Rural Growth Centre Youth Club, Malawi
Is clean water not accessible in some parts of your country? If so, this is the project for you!
Grab a few friends who are up for a long journey
Fill up buckets of clean water to carry with you
Make a visit to a village where water isn’t accessible and bring them the water you have collected
Credit: Jewish Community of Prague, Czech Republic
Help document the life stories of your neighborhood elderly people.
Find an elderly person with an interesting life story
Meet up with them, let them tell you their life’s story, what they’ve been through, their childhood etc.
Document the occasion – take photos or a video, write down the story or record the session
Create a printed version or a CD with the result to give them and their families as a present.
Credit: West Coast Community Foundation, South Africa
An anonymous and meaningful way to donate helpful items to those in need
Collect a box(s) – boxes can be used by one individual or you can work together with your family/group of friends to complete your Santa Box
Select a group of people you would like to give back to (ex: children’s hospital, woman’s shelter, refugee center, etc.)
Decorate your box (this step is optional, but encouraged!)
Fill the box with 5 useful items that will bring a smile to the receiver’s face
Deliver or send your box to a location where it will be properly distributed
Paint a Worldwide Mural
Credit: Glasswing International, Latin America
Create an interactive mural in different places around the world to bring people together.
Select different communities around the world you’d want to connect. These could be branches of a company, youth movements, schools etc.
Brainstorm together to find a topic all communities care about and design your mural accordingly. This could be anything – poverty, violence, environment – anything you have in common and care about.
Divide the mural into separate pieces and assign each community a part of the puzzle.
Each community paints their part of the mural, and you can piece the puzzle together to create an interactive piece of art that connects your communities regardless of race, language and culture.
Decorate the houses you built with friends by painting them and creating drawings or patterns
Place the birdhouses around your neighborhood or in a local park
Credit: Cape Fear Volunteer Center, USA
Clean your local beach and have a fun day out in the sun with your friends
Locate the closest beach to you
Grab a few friends, trash bags and gloves
Pick up any piece of trash that you see around the shore and make the visit happier for you, your friends, and everyone else there!
Promote a Development Goal
Credit: Fernando Tribino
Choose one of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals to promote in your local community
Browse through the list of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
Choose an SDG (or multiple!) that are closest to your heart and most relevant for your community
Do an activity raising awareness for the goal you chose and promoting different ways the community can make it better – for example:
– for goal #3 – good health and well being – do a blood donation stand in cooperation with your local hospital
– for goal #4 – quality education – host a book drive and donate the books to a local school or organization
– for goal #15 – life on land – plant trees with your friends to fight deforestation
The options are endless!
Fun with At-Risk Kids
Entertain at-risk kids with fun activities and creative gifts.
Gather a group of friends or employees.
Find a youth club or a community center for at-risk youth where you can host your activity.
Plan your activity – arts and crafts, sports, board games, story time, etc. are all good choices
Gather necessary materials: snacks, school supplies, arts and crafts materials, or other small gifts that will bring a smile to the children’s faces.
Spend quality time with the kids!
Sing Along Activity
Credit: KEN Jewish Community, USA
Nothing will cheer up your community seniors more than a happy sing along of their favorite songs!
Reach out to a nursing home or community center in you area
Make a list of oldies and classics that you know your grandparents love
Print out the lyrics of the songs for everyone in the center and find an instrumental version of the songs online or learn how to play them yourself
Bring the party to the nursing home of your choice!
Melting Pot Dinner
Credit: Romaltruista and Netherland Cares
Meet new people, learn about foreign cultures, and enjoy a delicious meal all in one evening!
On a weekly or biweekly basis organize a melting pot dinner. Invite 5-8 members of your organization/company and 5-8 beneficiaries (refugees, foreigners, or other newcomers of the community)
Pick a menu and get cooking! Everyone can prepare their dishes separately before-hand and bring them, or you can prepare the meal together. We suggest putting together a menu that encompasses different dishes that your guests will be able to teach you how to make, while also being able to share the cultural significance behind the food
Organize other activities that promote interaction among everyone- such as place-mat ice breakers or having at least two of your guests to share a story (one from a beneficiary and one from a colleague)
Lastly, have a debrief where everyone can talk about the evening, what their expectations were, what they learned, and how the experience has impacted them
Puppet Show for Youth
Credit: Bnei Akiva, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Put on a puppet show to entertain sick or at-risk children.
Choose a location to host the show.
Collect socks, buttons, ribbons, wool.
Make puppets with kids.
Put on a show at a shelter or Children’s Hospital.
The Street Store
Credit: Women and Business, Pretoria, South Africa
Carrying groceries can sometimes be hard for the elderly population. Help them with their shopping!
Gather a group of kids or youth.
Find a market, supermarket or shopping center to hold your activity in.
Assist elderly shoppers in carrying their shopping bags. This activity can be extended to include assistance with shopping trolleys in supermarkets and shopping centers, assistance with unpacking the shopping at home, reorganizing the contents of the refrigerators etc.
Sports Game with Children with Special Needs
Credit: UNAFUT, Costa Rica
Play a sports tournament with children with special needs
Get together a few friends who like a specific sports game
Reach out to a school or center for children with special needs or disabilities and invite them to a game – make sure the field is accessible for everyone!
Play together or start a tournament of soccer, basketball, baseball or any other sport you like!
Bonus points if you can get a professional team involved!
Chores for Seniors
Credit: Chemelil- Kopere Community Based Organization, Kisumu, Kenya
Help elderly people in your community with basic home tasks.
Ask around in your community and find out which elderly neighbors could use an extra hand.
Gather a group of friends who’d like to lend a helping hand with basic tasks such as grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, or even spend some quality time with them.
Determine tasks needed, and bring necessary tools such as for cleaning, cooking, and entertaining.
Make your Seniors Happy!
Credit: Bank Hapoalim, Berlin, Germany
Make your day all about the senior community- plan special activities and bring a smile to the faces of elderly people.
Senior citizens often feel lonely, so locate a senior or senior center to make them feel special.
Gather friends and family members to visit the Senior.
Decorate their home/room, draw something special for them, share your stories, ask them to tell you something, sing songs and enjoy the day with them.
Put it in the coffee shop’s window or by the cash register for all to see.
Advertise this good deed to local customers and encourage them to pay-it-forward with a cup of coffee.
Share your photo on facebook or instagram using the #GoodDeedsDay #DiscoveringCoffee hashtag!
Pop Up Library
Credit: Ecuador Tierra Viva, Quito, Ecuador
Build a pop-up library and invite your community to donate and take books. A great way to meet fellow readers!
Find a neighborhood that does not have a library, yet has a facility or free space that can be turned into a library.
If the place needs an overhaul – painting, fixing, cleaning and/or equipment – ask for donated materials and recruit volunteers to help.
Arrange for a storage space for collected books.
Encourage community members to donate used books.
Celebrate the library launch with the community. Celebrate with a fun story time for kids.
Connect Kids and Seniors
Credit: High school students & local nursing home, Beit Zera, Israel
Get the young generation together with older generations and create activities to bridge the age difference.
Locate a class or youth movements interested in participating.
Ask a local senior home to take part.
Choose an activity to do together – ask the youth to brainstorm ideas. Examples include storytelling, making crafts, making no bake cookies, drawing or coloring, etc.
For younger children, create a lesson focusing on the importance of giving and bringing the generations together. Example project: have youth make greeting cards for the elderly and then visit the senior home and distribute.
Brighten the day of seniors or hospital patients with goodie bags packed with items to make them smile.
Find a senior home or hospital willing to participate.
Collect sweets and treats for the packages. Ask local businesses to donate supplies, or purchase the materials.
Allow a few hours for packaging and decorating.
Decide on how the packages will be given out to the elderly orhospitalized people: will the children themselves give out the packages? Will older people come to the nursing home / hospital and give them out? Will someone from the staff go to the nursing home? Will other volunteers go out and distribute the packages?