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Get ideas for opportunities to volunteer in your community. Little actions can have big impacts on your state, country, or even the world!

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Improve Your Neighborhood

Make your neighborhood a better place. Volunteer with your class to do things like pick up trash.

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Earth Day Celebration

Host an Earth Day celebration at your school. Organize a party and encourage your students to share their concerns about the local environment with classmates and even other classes. After the party, go out as a class and pick up trash, work in a community garden, or help maintain a local greenway.

 

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Help Clean Up Beaches and Waterways

Volunteer as a class with the International Coastal Cleanup.

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Help Clean Up Public Lands

Volunteer with students to clean up public land once a month. Begin on a National Public Lands Day.

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Take a Vacation

Love to travel? Like volunteering? Why not do both? You could help take care of orphaned lions at a wildlife refuge or help archeologists excavate tools. Check out this list of suggestions from National Geographic Traveler to get you started on your plans.

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Pledge to Recycle

Have students sign a pledge to recycle and reduce waste together as a class. Encourage other classes to do the same and raise awareness of recycling in your school.

Organize a Service Project

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) supplies several do-it-yourself toolkits to turn community service initiatives into community projects. Come up with a service idea with your class. Then turn it into your own community service project.

Stop Cigarette Litter

Did you know that 32% of litter at storm drains is tobacco products? Learn more about the harmful impacts of cigarette litter and have your class take action to help stop it. You can start a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in your own community to decrease the environmental and economic impacts of cigarette litter.

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