Serve Ideas

What is Serve Day?

Jesus said, “… anything you did for even the least … you also did for Me.”  Matthew 25:40

Begin by asking your small group members, family or friends the following questions to help narrow down a project that is a good fit for your group. Remember, you do not have to choose from this list. It’s okay for you to come up with a serve project not listed below.

SUGGESTED AGENCIES TO CONTACT FOR POSSIBLE SERVE PROJECTS ARE LISTED TOWARD THE BOTTOM IN RED.

* Who in your neighborhood has a need? What is that need? What will it take to meet that need?

* What business or organization within your sphere of influence could use a blessing or know of someone who could? Examples would be yard work or clean up around the building or getting baby bottles ready for future a pregnancy resource center fund raising campaign.

* What project types best suit your group’s ages, abilities, and giftings (prayer, worship, teaching, physical labor, loving on the elderly, etc.)?

GENERAL IDEAS

* Visit local fire departments and police departments offering homemade cards, goodies, and prayer.
* Host a free garage sale
* Bring free lunches to construction workers and servicemen/women in your area
* Clean the yard of someone who is a widow(er), single mom, elderly couple or disabled
* Give out free sunscreen and/or bottled water at area parks
* Give out free donuts and coffee at bus stops or shopping centers
* Host a free car wash
* Offer free minor car repair/maintenance for elderly, widow(er)s, disabled and/or single moms
* Host a free lemonade stand
* Host a free meal for international students attending UNC or CSU (call Rez Missions for contact information)

NURSING HOMES
* Personally deliver fresh flowers to each resident
* Host a worship service (music, devotions, prayer, fellowship)
* Throw a “Senior Prom” complete with live music, food, and decorations
* Landscape a flower garden and sitting area for residents
* Host a craft time, great for small groups with families where kids can get involved making crafts with the residents

COLLEGE CAMPUSES
* Marching band practices; serve free drinks and/or snacks during breaks
* Sports teams; serve free snacks after practice

SPECIAL NEEDS/YOUTH HOMES
* Identify a family with a special needs child and give the family a Mom’s and Dad’s day out
* Adopt a group home for the day and throw a party for the residents
* Build a wheelchair ramp for handicapped
* Organize a field day for a group youth home

STREET OUTREACH
* Serve hot breakfast or lunch to the homeless
* Do a community trash clean up (parks, roads, schools, etc.)
* Host a “Block Party” with free food, games, music, etc. for families
* Renovate a run-down playground or park in the area
* Do a door-to-door grocery giveaway
* Have a “Free Lawn Mowing” day
* Go door-to-door offering free yard work

HOSPITALS
* Serve free coffee, drinks, and snacks to staff and those waiting in the emergency room
* Give out healthy snacks to patients going through chemotherapy
* Deliver small gifts to patients and families in the children’s ward
* Prayer visits with patients and those in emergency room
* Take care-packages with snacks, sweets and small gift items (lotion, magazines, puzzles, etc.) to families of hospitalized children

BUSINESSES/SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS/PUBLIC SERVICES
* Wash windows
* Trash pick-up in parking lot
* Cook lunch for your local police or fire station

POSSIBLE AGENCIES TO CONTACT FOR MORE IDEAS OR SERVING PARTNERSHIPS

Loveland Area –

*  Foster and Adoptive Families of Larimer County, 246 S. Cleveland Avenue, contact Cindy Buckardt at csh@frii.com or 970.481.7993 (affiliate agency of Realities for Children)
* Bless a Foster Family through Lutheran Family Services, contact Sarah at 970.460.6234
* 137 Connection (homeless), Loveland, 970.685.4173
* Birthline (crisis pregnancy center), Loveland, 970.663.2671
* Life Choices (crisis pregnancy center), Loveland – Longmont – Estes Park – Brighton, 970.461.5050

Fort Collins Area –

* The Alpha Center (crisis pregnancy center), Fort Collins, 970.221.5121
* Fort Collins Rescue Mission (homeless), Fort Collins, 970.224.4302

Greeley Area –

* The Pregnancy Resource Center (crisis pregnancy center), Greeley,970.353.2673
* Guadalupe Community Shelter (homeless), Greeley, 970.353.6433
* Loved Ones Against Meth (LAM), Greeley, 970.978.4016

Various Areas –

* HELP International (worldwide humanitarian aid, warehouse assistance), Johnstown, 303.678.7788
* WinGS Ministries (single moms), 970.215.0068
* Realities for Children (multiple community connections), Northern Colorado, 970.484.9090