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Service Projects
Lots of ideas are out there for service projects. You may find more ideas if you go through the Living and Learning SPM page, NEWSLET Editor page, Public Relation SPM page, or Records and Recognition SPM page. A good membership plan allows for at least one service event each trimester. Please contact the appropriate SPM for more information. Plan your events today!

Adopt a Family

Use community resources to identify a family in need. Obtain a list of one or more families with a brief description of each parent and the children's ages along with one ""wish"" item for each member of the family. Appropriate gifts are bought and given to the family. Set up two shopping times: the first trip was to buy the wishes; the second trip was to buy the needed items. Members were invited to donate stocking stuffer items. Look for donations from other community organizations to donated gift certificates, or even for a free Christmas tree for the family. A craft night was also held to make Christmas decorations and ornaments. All items were brought to the December meeting where members wrapped the gifts and stuffed stockings.

Members Needed: 6+ member(s)
Estimated Cost: 450
Estimated Time: 25
Submitted By: Henning, Richfield & Stewartville

After Prom Party

A party for prom goers was held at the school after the prom dance. This provides activities for teenagers keeping them out of trouble and safe. We had a disc jockey, volleyball, videos and casino type games were available. Snacks and pop were furnished. Periodic drawings for door prizes were held and grand prizes were awarded. We acquired donations of prizes, food, funds and time from the community. Breakfast was served by another organization to the teenagers and volunteers who helped all night.

Members Needed: 20+ member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 400
Submitted By: Emmons

August Fling Celebration

To participate in a community celebration by providing activities for children and having an entry in the parade; to promote the Women of Today during Kids Week.

Members Needed: 13 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 60
Estimated Time: 80
Submitted By: Emmons Area

Birthday Boxes

Write letters to local supermarkets and discount stores for donations. Each box includes: cake mix, frosting, candles, toy. Wrap boxes and donate to local food shelf for use by parent for kid's birthday.

Members Needed: ALL member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 5
Submitted By: Fridley

Candidates Forum

During election time organize a "Meet the Candidates Forum." Candidates forums are held every election year to introduce the candidates and issues to area residents. Invite candidates, draw up questions of current interest and host a forum in which everyone can discuss the issues. We invite questions from the audience, which is one of the best parts of this project. We feel it has increased voter interest in the candidates and also has made candidates aware of their responsibility to voters. This gives the public an opportunity to meet candidates, hear platforms, ask questions and listen to the debate on issues requested by voters. Local bakery donated cookies, members baked bars and coffee was furnished by our chapter. The media was contacted with newspapers, radio and TV stations attending. This could be done for local elections, as well as state or national elections.

Members Needed: 1+ member(s)
Estimated Cost: 10
Estimated Time: 20
Submitted By: Janesville & Holdingford

Caroling for Seniors

Contacted local senior hi-rises or nursing homes, and set up a time on a Sunday afternoon. Members and their families meet, went go caroling through the halls to entertain residents with Christmas music, and then continue on to a member's house for hot cider and cookies. Donations of toiletries and socks may also be made to residents.

Members Needed: 3 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 24
Estimated Time: 4
Submitted By: Cloquet & Richfield

Children's Activity & Games Tent

We provided 3 craft projects for children ages 3 and up. We set up on Sunday from 10:30 - 4:30 . We helped with 235 projects; great PR for us. Carnival games were provided for area children of all ages during a community celebration; including Cupcake Walk, Face painting, Treasure Dig, Pop Ring Toss, Bubble Gum Game, Bean Bag Toss, Lolly Pop Pick, Water Balloon Toss, Fishing Pond and others. Small prizes were given. A fee of 25 cents per game was charged to help cover expenses and any proceeds were donated to the March of Dimes.

Members Needed: 8-10 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 15
Estimated Time: 60
Submitted By: Henning & Emmons Area

Christmas Tree

We decorated a tree for the community. Windom has a Dickens' play they perform. A store is used to have the Christmas tree displayed. We decorated the tree with our president's theme.

Members Needed: 4 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 25
Estimated Time: 6
Submitted By: Windom

Easter Egg Hunt

All local children were welcome. Use an outside area even if it snows, where eggs are hidden eggs for kids to find. The hunt is usually held on Palm Sunday afternoon and is geared for kids 3-9 years old. Children can be put into age groups and sectioned off for them to find the eggs. Contact local merchants to ask for donations, and arrange food vendors and entertainment. Preregistration forms are distributed to local schools and day care centers; a small fee is charged. On the day of the event, the children are given an empty bag with the hunt instructions attached. They are then let loose in the park area and allowed to find up to 4 small plastic eggs. When done, the children return to the check in point, turn in their eggs and receive their gift bag. Another option would be to fill plastic eggs with candy and prizes, then them within the Easter Egg Hunt area -- this would be better for a smaller group of children. Don't forget to invite the Easter Bunny to pose for pictures, and perhaps give out balloons.

Members Needed: 5-30+ member(s)
Estimated Cost: 200
Estimated Time: 70
Submitted By: Detroit Lakes, Emmons Area & Richfield

Father's or Mother's Day Essay

Third and fourth grade students are invited to write an essay entitled, "My dad/mom is the greatest because..." A committee reviews the essays and chooses three winners and awards each with a gift certificate to a local pizza restaurant. The essays and the father/mother-child pictures are published in the local newspaper and read on the local radio station the week before Father's Day or Mother's Day.

Members Needed: 3-5 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 20
Estimated Time: 5
Submitted By: Stewartville

Food Shelf Scavenger Hunt

Call local food shelf to find out their needs. Make a list of needed foods and assign points based on needs. Gather at starting place; give each team a list, grocery bag and the time to return. Go door to door to find items. Meet back at starting point to tally up points, pass out prizes to winners. Take picture with food collected. Then enjoy a snack and socialize; also, can combine as a membership door knocking event.

Members Needed: 2-100 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 20
Estimated Time: 4
Submitted By: Maple Grove
Samples: Complete guide and information available. Download the PDF file

Go Green

This m-event offers an opportunity for your chapter to hold an educational session full of tips to be more green in your community. The tips included range from free tips to things that cost money but save money in the long term. Everything you need to run this m-event is attached.

Members Needed: 1 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 5
Submitted By: Jane Hanson
Samples: Complete guide and information available. Download the PDF file

Halloween Carnival

Held at a local school. Cost was $1 for 12 tickets and additional tickets were available for 6 for $1. Door prizes were given out every 15 minutes and lunch was served. Games, prizes, haunted house and candy bags are provided at a Halloween Party. For many children, this takes the place of door-to-door trick or treating and was started when there were foreign objects found in Halloween treats. We request a preregistration fee from each family. We solicit donations and prizes from local businesses and publish a thank you letter to include in the candy bags.

Members Needed: 4+ member(s)
Estimated Cost: 600
Estimated Time: 660
Submitted By: Graceville & Stewartville

Kiddie Parade

We sponsor a 4th of July costume contest and parade for children birth to 6th grade. Judges choose winners in six categories, ribbons are given to the winners and they are asked to ride on the WT float in the Grand Parade that evening. Participants march on a short route; friends and relatives cheer them on.

Members Needed: 6 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 70
Estimated Time: 57
Submitted By: Stewartville

Library Reading Program

The purpose is to have kids sign up for the summer reading program. We played bingo with the kids and each kid received a prize. Then they each received a bag of chips and a pop. When they left they each received a Frisbee.

Members Needed: 2 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 10
Estimated Time: 6
Submitted By: Graceville

May Day Baskets

At chapter meeting people brought lace, ribbon candy and little baskets. Using glue guns we decorated the baskets and put penny candy in them. We attached a note saying "Thank you for guiding our future." Baskets were brought to schools and put on Teachers desks. The next day when they came into the room they were surprised. Baskets went to 5 schools in the GMT area. We also used this as an M-Night.

Members Needed: 2 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 50
Estimated Time: 3
Submitted By: G-M-T

Meal for Needy Family

WT members sign up at October meeting to donate food items for one family in our city. Chairperson coordinates items so family has a complete dinner with all the fixin's. She uses community resources (schools, churches, etc.) to identify a family in need. The family name is kept confidential.

Members Needed: 3-4 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 3
Submitted By: Stewartville

Minnesota Inventors Congress Parade

In January letters are written to bands and past participants asking them to participate. A Grand Marshall has to be selected then invited to attend. Other various jobs are divided up between the committee members. One of the biggest jobs is to get donations from area businesses to help defray the cost. This parade has been very successful with more and different units added each year.

Members Needed: 20+ member(s)
Estimated Cost: 2000
Estimated Time: 800
Submitted By: Redwood Falls

Mommy & Baby Bags

Request various donations of items to include in small bags. Examples: Mary Kay samples, perfume samples, coupons, bookmarks, etc. Obtain some children's books and pamphlets on reading & parenting. Include whatever else you would like. Pack bags and deliver to local hospital for mothers and new babies. Include congratulations from chapter.

Members Needed: 1-2 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 10
Submitted By: Owatonna

Outstanding Young Adult Nomination

To recognize the efforts of local students in community/church/school involvement; to reward the winning student and runners-up for their contributions. Seven students were nominated with one winner chosen. Community donations included 240 gift certificates and a plaque.

Members Needed: 3-4 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 40
Estimated Time: 40
Submitted By: Cloquet

Park Clean Up

Twice a year we get together on a Saturday morning and clean the park. Many members' children also help. We contact the city a week in advance to let them know and they supply the garbage bags and pick them up afterwards. Members bring rakes and gloves to rake the leaves and pick up trash; its work but also a time to chat. Sometimes donuts and coffee are provided but often we end up going out for lunch.

Members Needed: 6+ member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 2
Submitted By: Richfield

PDC Holiday Party

A Holiday party put on for people with developmental challenges in our area . Music, treats and a visit from Santa highlighted the night; a 1-1/2 hour event. We've had many good comments, and lots of fun.

Members Needed: 10+ member(s)
Estimated Cost: 200
Estimated Time: 30
Submitted By: Detroit Lakes

Pumpkin Thing

Worked with local police department to promote fun activity during "Turn off the Violence" day. Kids were able to purchase pumpkins and we provided craft items to decorate; (no knives), shredded paper, paint, glitter, sequins, etc. We had a professional storyteller and a couple of games. Snacks, too! Huge Success! Costs can be shared with local police department.

Members Needed: 10+ member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 20
Submitted By: Fridley

Queen for the Day

To give the gift of a special evening of make-overs to a group of needy women. The chapter found businesses and 3 salons that donated time and products for these women. 19 residents of the Wellspring cottages for homeless women accepted our gift. They showed visible signs of improved self esteem.

Members Needed: 10 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 110
Estimated Time: 50
Submitted By: Roseville

Reverse Trick or Treat

Members and children were invited to dress up in Halloween costumes. We went through three floors of a local nursing home so the shut-ins could experience some of the Halloween spirit. "Happy Halloween" cards had been distributed to members at the October meeting for their children to color. These were handed out to the residents. This is an enjoyable project that is easy to do and not too time consuming.

Members Needed: 6 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 4
Estimated Time: 2
Submitted By: Richfield

Santa Anonymous

This project is designed to help a family or families over the holiday season. Gather names of families facing financial challenges. Assign a person to collect information from families such as sizes of clothing, ages and sex of children, likes and dislikes, etc. Either purchase or have members donate food, clothes, gifts, etc. Make arrangements to deliver gifts.

Members Needed: 13 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 164
Submitted By: Champlin & Waseca

Santa Pictures

Have kids get their pictures taken with Santa. Make it affordable. (We ran it with Santa Shop and it went really well.) Have a few members donate treats; can pass out candy canes.

Members Needed: 3 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 10
Submitted By: Emmons

Seedling Give Away

Involvement in the Community. Heighten the awareness of Arbor Day and the importance of trees in our environment.

Members Needed: 8 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 175
Estimated Time: 35
Submitted By: Roseville

Senior Scholarship

Have High School Seniors complete an application about their future plans, and write an essay about their short- and long-term goals. A WT committee reviews the essays and chooses winner of the $300 scholarship. The winner is announced by a WT representative at the school's Spring Award Ceremony. The winner's name is also published in the local newspaper.

Members Needed: 3-5 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 300
Estimated Time: 5
Submitted By: Stewartville

Share the Spirit

Our club was given a family which we helped provide their Christmas dinner and some gifts for the children. The family chose which type of meat they wanted for their main course and all members donated either canned foods to go with the meal or gifts for the family. This is a good way to help provide for a family at Holiday time.

Members Needed: ALL member(s)
Estimated Cost: 50
Estimated Time: 5
Submitted By: Redwood Falls

Sharing Tree

A list of wishes/needs from families was received from the Salvation Army, or helping Senior Citizens who have no family or who are needy. Tags/ornaments are made with the wishes listed, and put on the tree. Then let community and members choose the ornaments for the items they wish to donate, and instruct them where and when the gifts need to be collected. Cookies and gifts may also be delivered when working with the senior community.

Members Needed: 1-2 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 50
Estimated Time: 300
Submitted By: Cloquet & Montgomery

Sleigh & Cutter

Waseca Annual Sleigh & Cutter Festival is complete with a parade. We locate a sleigh or wagon and all climb aboard, wave our banner and wear our sweatshirts, smiles and long underwear. It gets us seen.

Members Needed: ALL member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 3
Submitted By: Waseca

Sock Hop

In 1994 the project was initiated as a Saturday evening dance for the teenagers of the community;it was re-organized as a rock-n-roll dance for the entire family. A local DJ was hired to play music. Throughout the evening there were several contests held: Hula-hoop, pie-eating, etc. The hall was decorated with lots of helium filled balloons, musical plaques/decorations and over-sized sundae centerpieces on the tables.

Members Needed: ALL member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 5
Submitted By: Richfield

Stranger Awareness Program

To inform children of the dangers of strangers. It taught young children about how strangers lure kids and the dangers.

Members Needed: 2+ member(s)
Estimated Cost: 10
Estimated Time: 25
Submitted By: Dodge Center

T-Shirt Decorating

T-Shirt decorating was great for the kids and parents! The kids had 3 hours of fun and all got a great shirt to take home. All the kids brought their own shirts. You need to have enough tables for all kids to sit. Go somewhere with good light and easy access to water. Items needed: fabric paint, stencils, paper grocery bags, sponge brushes, bowls for water, old sheets to cover tables.

Members Needed: 2+ member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 6
Submitted By: Blooming Prairie

Tag Your Tot

WT members get together with Early Education members and have a fun & games day with kids. Everyone that hasn't been "tagged" can order their ID bracelet or necklace. This is great PR for both groups and the children are insured some safety and security.

Members Needed: 5+ member(s)
Estimated Cost: 0
Estimated Time: 10
Submitted By: Austin

United Services Fund Drive

Raised money for 27 non-profit organizations plus write-ins. Sent out approximately 2,300 mailings and 40 business packets were passed out. These we then collected and tallied up. The project had a separate checking account that only handled the service drive and had enough left to pay expenses of the next year's drive. The community accepted this well.

Members Needed: 2 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 1750
Estimated Time: 1000
Submitted By: Windom

Winter Survival Kit

We collected coffee cans with lids. Put the following in each can: small note pad; 2-inch to 3-inch strips red cloth; 3 or 4 snack candy bars; 2 trimesters; toilet paper; candle; matches; garbage bag; pencil; and guidelines for Winter Survival. We charged $5 each. Ads were placed in the paper for 4 weeks.

Members Needed: 2 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 225
Estimated Time: 25
Submitted By: Unknown

WT Parade Float

Borrow a wagon from a local farmer and/or a car from a local car dealership. Decorate the float to correspond with the chapter president's theme and attached a large sign to each side of the truck displaying some of the many community activities throughout the year. Have the local Kiddie Parade winners ride on it for the parade. We are able to keep many of the decorations to use for future parade floats, which keeps the cost down; great PR for us. We distributed flyers about WT and handed out candy to youngsters along the route. We decorated the cab of a truck.

Members Needed: 4 member(s)
Estimated Cost: 25
Estimated Time: 5
Submitted By: Richfield & Stewartville

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