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Secret Service

Community service projects for teens, which can be done in as little as an hour, or you can combine some to make for a wild day of service.


Availability, Compassion, Discipline, Helping, Missions, Serving


Varies by service activity


Varies by service activity

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What you will do:

Below are 10 ways in which an individual or a group can serve others. They don’t have to be a secret, but that adds to the fun. In most cases, you can do them absolutely free and in as little as an hour, or you can combine some to make for a wild day of service.

1. Go to a nursing home and visit the residents there. Just talk to them or prepare a small gift to give them.

2. Go to a local restaurant and ask if you can clean their bathrooms. They won’t believe you asked!

3. Get a rack, some yard waste bags, and head off some fall and rake as many leaves as you can for elderly or disabled individuals in your community. If it’s winter, shovel snow. If it’s summer, mow their grass.

4. Go to a grocery store and be a volunteer cart pusher. Watch for people putting groceries in their cars and ask if you can take their carts for them.

5. Go to a local gas station as a group and offer to pump people's gas and wash their windows. They’ll look at you like you're crazy, but they might just let you do it.

6. Have a totally free car wash. Don’t accept donations. Don’t charge a dime. Just wash cars. It’ll bless others and be fun, too.

7. Get together with some friends and go grocery shopping for a needy family. Pitch in a few dollars each and see how far you can stretch the money. This is a great idea around Thanksgiving or Christmas.

8. Go with a group and go door-to-door in your neighborhood. When people answer the door, simply ask, “Is there something I can do for you today?” Who knows what they’ll need help with, or how surprised someone offered!

9. Have a date night for parents in your church or community and provide babysitting at no cost. Prepare games, crafts, and activities for the kids. Give parents at least 3 or 4 hours to go out together.

10. Go to a children’s hospital in your area and visit the kids there. Many places would let you put on a small program (games, skits, etc.). Those who are sick really need a boost and this is a great way to do it. Don’t wait for a holiday—do it any time!

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