Start Your Own Initiative
Many of us witness a need in our communities that we would like to support, build on, or change, but we don’t know where to start. We ask how we can make a difference but we don’t always know where we can help. Creating a community project is a great way to volunteer your time and energy and give back to your community.
What is a Community Project?
A community project can be anything you want it to be. You can help an elderly neighbor with their yard work, or organize a food drive for a local family in need, raise awareness about famine, disease or homelessness and even promote art, sport or education.
A community project can involve just one person or an entire group.
It doesn’t matter how big or how small your project is, what matters is that you can create your own opportunities and serve your community.
Steps to Take:
1. Choose who or what your project will be for. Make a list of the issues that are important to you and the pick one from that list
2. What is your project going to be? Ask yourself what you want to accomplish. Is it a fundraiser? An item drive? Think about your skills and how you will use them to accomplish your project.
3. Work out the details. When is the best time of year for the project? Where is it going to be held? Do you need any money to get started (budget is key!)? Pick a date and time.
4. What kind of help do you need and who will you ask? Do you need permission? Will you ask for sponsors?
5. Be organized and get started!
6. Complete the project and say thank you! Saying thank you can be the most important part of your project!
Take the time after the project is complete to reflect on the experience and on what you have learned. Reflection will make it easier to write about your community project for your school applications, and also help you include the information on your resume.
Remember, it’s about meeting your goal and contributing to your community. Stay focused, build a strong team, communicate, and have fun!
Below are some links to help you get started:
- 30 hour famine
- Free the Children
- Amnesty International
- Oxfam Canada
- Global Youth Service Day
- United Way Youth Connections
- Manitoba Community Foundations
For more information please contact:
Dawn Bourbonnais, Communications & Outreach Coordinator
P: (204) 477-5180 ext. 230