At tonight’s Girl Scout meeting, each of the girls got a blank bingo card with the letters SERVE at the top (instead of BINGO). In each of the squares, they wrote an act of service they could do for someone in their family, their neighborhood, or their community. We want them to focus not just on all-troop service projects, but on the little things they can do for others on a regular basis.
To spark their creativity, I did an internet search for acts of service and printed some out for the girls to refer to as they filled out their cards.
I liked some the ideas so much that I brought home a blank card for myself. I’m going to challenge myself to do as many as possible this year as well.
- Attend a recital, game or performance of someone who doesn’t expect your support.
- Buy bottles of water and hand them to passers-by on a hot day.
- Buy lemonade at roadside stands and pay double.
- Catch someone doing something good and praise him or her in front of others.
- Clean a bus stop or other public waiting area.
- Connect two friends who had not previously met each other.
- Create a care package.
- Get in touch with an old friend who you’d like to reconnect with.
- Give a cold drink to a service worker (plumber, yard care, electrician etc.) or roadside worker.
- Go on a walk with someone who is sad or lonely. Listen at least twice as much as you speak.
- Go the entire day without complaining about anything.
- Go to the nearest park and clean up as much as you can!
- Have a block party and get to know your neighbors.
- Help a neighbor when you see them outside working.
- Help someone who is homebound run errands.
- Hide spare change where a stranger will find it within the hour.
- If you come across debris on the road, pull over and move it to the side rather than expecting someone else to do it.
- Invite a new neighbor over for dinner.
- Knock on 10 doors and give them a snack– reverse trick-or-treat!
- Make a real effort to have more consistent communication with a family member.
- Offer to babysit.
- Mow a neighbor’s lawn.
- Pay for the person behind you in line.
- Pick up loose garbage.
- Pick up trash around your neighborhood.
- Plant a community garden.
- Plant a fruit tree where it will thrive.
- Play a game with people at a nursing home.
- Say, “Thank You, I needed that!” when someone gives you a compliment rather than trying to deflect it by telling them they are wrong.
- Show up early for an event and help greet and talk to everyone as they enter.
- Sit with someone who is alone or out-of-place.
- Visit someone in prison.
- Volunteer as a family, perhaps visit a local homeless shelter, stop by a retirement home, donate food to a local food bank, or serve up a hot meal at a soup kitchen.
- Write notes to people at a nursing home.
Let’s see how I do! How about you? Do you have a favorite act of service (or random act of kindness) for me to add to my list?
I’m grateful that I live in a country that guarantees the right to vote in a safe and free election. Here’s to tomorrow’s results!
I’m also grateful, of course, for the photo by klynslis.