Want To Participate, But Not Sure How? These Toolkits Can Help.By iParticipate on Wed, Oct 14 2009, 14:34:12
Here are some toolkits with great ideas on ways you can participate:
Create the good
Read to Children
Did you know that if a young person is read to at least three times a week, that person is twice as likely to score in the top 25% of reading? Here’s how to start a reading program from scratch.
Start a Book Drive
Improve the reading achievement of low-income children by increasing their access to print. Communities ranking high in achievement tests have in common an abundance of books in public libraries, easy access to books in the community at large and a large number of textbooks per student. This tool kit offers the basics to run a book drive.
Operation Energy Save (video and individual toolkit)
Help friends, family and neighbors conserve energy by sharing a checklist of tips.
Public Land Stewardship
With thousands of hiking trails to maintain, volunteers are key to their creation and preservation. Volunteer groups around the country routinely repair damaged trails and create new ones for the nation to enjoy. Here’s how to help.
Alliance for Community Trees
The month of October is NeighborWoods Month. The toolkit helps interested volunteers get their neighbors involved, attain local media attention, attract and cultivate partnerships, and multiply efforts.
Create the Good, http://www.createthegood.org/diy-toolkits
Help older friends and neighbors manage their medications, communicate more effectively with their health care providers, and potentially save money.
Create a Community Garden
Community gardens provide access to traditional produce or nutritionally rich foods that may otherwise be unavailable to low-income families and individuals
Start a Walking Group (video and individual toolkit)
A brisk half-hour walk five or more days a week can reduce all kinds of ailments.
The Mission Continues
Find toolkits for planning service and armed forces-related events, including hosting a backyard benefit to support wounded and disabled veterans, creating a Veterans Tribute Project, and setting up a toy drive to donate toys to children in need.
Volunteer Transportation Network
VTN links volunteer drivers with those seeking care from the Veterans Administration.
Feed America’s Hungry
This toolkit will give you the basics to volunteer at a food bank, start a food drive, recruit a team, and organize your group.
Start a Clothing Drive
Here’s how to run a clothing drive and help families in need.
Operation Fight Fraud
Educate yourself and others on the risk of consumer fraud and learn ways to minimize the incidence of fraud.