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Service Ideas: How to Help by Attending Events

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This week's Season of Service challenge will hopefully get you off your feet as you Attend an event that benefits you, your family, or others. Or you could help someone else attend something that will benefit their life. Here are a few bite-size service ideas, most of which are free or no-cost:

10 Bite-Size Ideas to Improve Your Life and Others by Attending Something

  1. Attend a free musical event with your family to experience the joy of beautiful music together.
  2. Attend a caucus or campaign event of a presidential candidate to become more informed about their qualifications and confirm what political issues are most important to you.
  3. Make a $5 donation to a local camp for people with disabilities, so they can attend and experience the beauty of the outdoors.
  4. Attend a movie with someone you wouldn't normally go with, so you can forge a new friendship.
  5. Attend the next general meeting of your child's school's parent/teacher organization, so you can become more familiar with what they're doing to enrich your kids' educational experience. Or attend a community council to provide your opinion on how funding should be allocated at your school.
  6. Brainstorm some great names for the Spring marketing campaign of ArtsBoston, to help them "laser-focus" on promoting events that kids, teens, and families can attend. This opportunity is available for four more days through
  7. Attend a storytime or other event offered at your local library, so you can expand your horizons and those of anyone you take with you. My library offers everything from film screenings to panels for prospective writers.
  8. Donate $10 to Builders Without Borders to help them build homes and schools that under-served kids can attend in countries like Haiti, Mexico, and Pakistan. BWB advocates the use of natural, local, and affordable materials in their construction projects.
  9. Offer to provide a ride, buy a few groceries, or clip food coupons for someone in your neighborhood or someone who attends your church who may have mobility problems.
  10. Attend a community education class on the basics of sign language.

How Will You Give to Others This Week?

  • Have you ever done any of these things? How did it go?
  • What other acts of service have inspired you?
  • How have others given to you this week and what difference has that made in your life?

How Else Can You Make a Difference This Season?

  • Commit to do one act of kindness/service based on the week’s challenge.
  • Leave a comment with ideas relating to the week’s challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.


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