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Senior Citizen Book Giving

Isabella - Warren, New Jersey - February 20, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
6
Collected and sorted books for donation to senior citizen assisted living home.

Book Giving Day

Isabella - Warren, New Jersey - February 20, 2017
Total Volunteers:
8
Total Hours Served
105
Initiated a book drive to benefit children and adults in an underserved Hispanic local community in celebration of International Book Giving Day 2/14/17. Contacted local schools, library and community through social media and newspaper for book donations. Collected over 700 books which were sorted by age and genre. Collaborated with local church to set-up a book giveaway event and distributed free books after Sunday masses to a very grateful community.

Book Giving Day

Isabella - Warren, New Jersey - February 20, 2017
Total Volunteers:
8
Total Hours Served
105
Initiated a book drive to benefit children and adults in an underserved local community in celebration of International Book Giving Day, 2/14/17. Contacted local schools, library and community through social media and newspaper for donations. Collected over 700 books which were sorted by age and genre. Collaborated with local church to set-up a book giveaway event and distributed free books after Sunday masses to a very grateful community.

VOLUNTEERING AT ANIMAL SHELTER

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - February 16, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
4
I played with cats and dogs, also giving them water and cleaning their litter boxes

VOLUNTEERING AT ANIMAL SHELTER

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - February 16, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
4
I made blankets for cats and kittens.

Valentine's Cards for Senior Citizens in nursing homes in our community

Lisa - Sacramento, California - February 15, 2017
Total Volunteers:
15
Total Hours Served
69.5
14 club members (Gisele Matocq, Nicole Staggs, Ava Delucchi, Samantha Smith, Kendall Holman, Maisey Pengilly, Jaina Benton, Katie Leung, Abigail Pierce, Abigail Lessing, Madison Lessing, Emily Main, Kaili Abay, and Leila Abay) met on 2/5/17 and made over 120 handmade Valentine's cards for senior citizens who live in nursing homes in our community. (Several girls were unable to attend the 2/5/17 club meeting but rather made their cards on their own, at home, over the course of a week or so). The meeting and card-making lasted 3.5 hours. On 2/13/17, several club members (Gisele, Abigail P., Ava, Katie, and Maisey), accompanied by two parents, hand delivered more than 70 cards and greeted more than 70 residents at Eskaton Nursing Home in Greenhaven, and about 46 cards and greetings at Applewood Nursing Home on Riverside Blvd (delivery and greetings took about 2.5 hours total). Club members also discussed on 2/5/17 ways to continue reaching out to senior citizens, such as by taking time to write emails or letters to a favorite elderly person in their lives, or helping a senior citizen with chores.

SAY

G - New York, New York - February 14, 2017
Total Volunteers:
17
Total Hours Served
128
Youth mobilization and small-medium enterprise start-ups

Bureau Bags - Meeting the needs of children

Angela - Carmel, Indiana - February 13, 2017
Total Volunteers:
120
Total Hours Served
1560
Students researched different community organizations that provide services to families and children in need. One of the Learning to Give Lessons provided guidance about how to evaluate agencies. They chose to focus on The Children's Bureau. After speaking with representatives from the organization, the group chose to pursue providing care bags for the residents of The Children's Shelter. The need for toiletries was communicated to the students. Students gathered needed toiletries, a stuffed animal, small toy or deck of cards, and encouraging notes for the bags. Students asked for donations from the student body and then purchased other items. The goal was not only to meet a physical need, but to also communicate care to the children and teens. The service project was completed primarily during the school day. Most planning and preparing of the bags was done during the school day. Students gathered needed material and deliver the stuffed bags after school hours. Expected outcomes were: Students will understand better the challenges children and teens who need the services of The Children's Shelter face each day. Students will create 25 - 50 bags for the shelter to give their residents. Students will deliver the bags to the shelter.

Castle North Middle School Clothes Closet

Darlene - Newburgh, Indiana - February 13, 2017
Total Volunteers:
40
Total Hours Served
150
Our families have generously donated clothing, shoes, and miscellaneous items to our school. These items are used for students who move to the area in need of clothing for any reason. Our counselors asked that we organize the closets so that clothing is easier to find and distribute. We tackled the task of sorting through the five closets and multiple bags full of clothing. The club members decided that the clothes needed to be laundered before distribution since previous storage had left them smelling musty. The club sorted the clothes into more than 30 loads of laundry and went to a local laundromat to wash the clothes. The task is ongoing and the club members will continue to sort and organize clothes as items are donated.

FOOD BANK

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - February 12, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
2
I STOLKED SHELVES WITH BREAD

VOLUNTEERING AT ANIMAL SHELTER

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - February 12, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
4
I GOT TO PLAY WITH CATS AND KITTENS

VOLUNTEERING AT ANIMAL SHELTER

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - February 12, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
4
I PLAYED WITH THE DOGS AND TOOK THEM ON WALKS OUTSIDE THE STORE.

Holiday Bags

MaryEllen - Derry, New Hampshire - February 10, 2017
Total Volunteers:
56
Total Hours Served
120
Children brought in various holiday items to fill up a small bag that was personally decorated by them. Cards were made to place into bags. Blankets were made for homeless. A variety of placemats were painted for the elderly and rehab centers in our town. Salvation Army speaker came in to talk about the importance of giving in the community. We caroled at Walmart and collected over $200 in an hour.

FBC Food Collection

MaryEllen - Derry, New Hampshire - February 10, 2017
Total Volunteers:
56
Total Hours Served
145
As a school we collected over 600 non-perishable food items for our local food pantry. A school wide letter went home that we were collecting food from Oct. 17 - 25th. The tables were set up in the cafeteria. Volunteers delivered the food to the pantry on the 27th. As a club we met on the 25th, had a speaker from the food pantry discuss with children how important their donations were and how low their shelves were. We made placemats for Meals on Wheels, cards for Veterans and blankets for homeless.

Recognize Natural Resources - Create a Park

Angela - Carmel, Indiana - February 10, 2017
Total Volunteers:
119
Total Hours Served
2714
1. Students created a park setting to be used as a learning center. They researched environmental issues in the area and made design decisions based on their findings. Benches, birdhouses, flowers and other plants were incorporated into the design. Students worked with school employees and parent volunteers to complete the design and create the park setting. 2. Students read through a variety of lessons provided and created their own lesson to share with another group from the team. The lesson topics focused on Environmental issues, designing a park and ways to make a difference in the community. 3. Students invited elementary classes to use the new park setting and provided lessons about the environment and the importance of being environmentally responsible.

Emergency GO-Bags

Barbara - Wolcott, Indiana - February 10, 2017
Total Volunteers:
4
Total Hours Served
52
The mini grant helped us assemble 5 GO bags for emergency preparedness, which were distributed to our high school administrators.

Gymnastics Event

Alexis - Locust Grove, Georgia - February 9, 2017
Total Volunteers:
1
Total Hours Served
2
CCA Beta Club members assisted the gymnast instructor in giving the pre-school children a fantastic time exercising!

Grandparents Day

Alexis - Locust Grove, Georgia - February 9, 2017
Total Volunteers:
1
Total Hours Served
3
CCA has an event for students' grandparents where elementary children can spend time and entertain their grandparents.

Set Up Chairs

Alexis - Locust Grove, Georgia - February 9, 2017
Total Volunteers:
1
Total Hours Served
15
I helped set up chairs twice a week for church services.

Canned Food Drive

Alexis - Locust Grove, Georgia - February 9, 2017
Total Volunteers:
1
Total Hours Served
3
CCA Beta Club members challenged students of all ages to donate cans that would be given to people who need the food.

Operation Christmas Child

Alexis - Locust Grove, Georgia - February 9, 2017
Total Volunteers:
1
Total Hours Served
4
The freshmen of CCA went to Samaritan's Purse and helped pack shoeboxes for children in third world countries who don't receive Christmas presents.

IN49-11 Soup’s On for Others

Bonnie - 1000 Harrison, Indiana - February 9, 2017
Total Volunteers:
28
Total Hours Served
84
A student in our building brought to our attention the need for Crock pots at a local food pantry. The pantry provides lunch daily to those in need. The pantry needed several crock pots to cook soup. They also needed peanut butter to create sandwiches, that would be served with the soup. The students organized a collection of peanut butter and other canned goods. They created placemats that would be used for the patrons. They also raised funds to purchase the crock pots, several blankets and winter hats/gloves, etc. We entitled the collection SPREAD THE LOVE. (spreading peanut butter)

Food Bank Warehouse sorting Day

melissa - San Antonio , Texas - February 9, 2017
Total Volunteers:
31
Total Hours Served
124
We had about 30 members help The San Antonio Food Bank sort and pack 17,550 lbs of food!

Pinwheels for Peace

Christine - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - February 8, 2017
Total Volunteers:
14
Total Hours Served
13
Our Kids Care Club first listened to a story about peace. They brainstormed in small groups of mixed age (K-5th grade) for words that promote friendship, peace, tolerance. They constructed pinwheels as recommended by the January project of the month. I stuck the pinwheels in foam blocks with a framed sign explaining the significance of the art installation and put the art installation in the school's main hallway. The students loved it!

Pinwheels for Peace

Christine - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - February 8, 2017
Total Volunteers:
14
Total Hours Served
13
Our Kids Care Club first listened to a story about peace. They brainstormed in small groups of mixed age (K-5th grade) for words that promote friendship, peace, tolerance. They constructed pinwheels as recommended by the January project of the month. I stuck the pinwheels in foam blocks with a framed sign explaining the significance of the art installation and put the art installation in the school's main hallway. The students loved it!

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