Ways to Serve

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  • Deliver a meal, flowers or baked goods to a neighbor
  • Help an elderly neighbor with yard work or household chores
  • Keep gift cards or water bottles in your car for homeless and unhoused individuals
  • Make a meal for a coworker
  • Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru line
  • Offer to babysit for free for foster parents
  • Recycle and reduce food waste within your household
  • Send thank you letters to veterans, service members or first responders
  • Tip one dollar extra
  • Deliver baked goods to local firefighters or police officers
  • Donate diapers and other baby essentials, such as formula or onesies, to a pregnancy aid center
  • Give board games to a local senior center
  • Organize a community clean up day
  • Organize a school supply drive with local businesses
  • Send greeting cards to a nursing home
  • Throw a birthday party for a child in need
  • Plant a community garden
  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter
5/6/19 Frist Lady Maria Lee compleates acts of simple kindness.
  • Become a mentor for at-risk youth
  • Donate new or gently-used toys to a local nonprofit
  • Donate gently used clothes or home goods to a not-for-profit thrift store
  • Donate hygiene products to a ministry that serves homeless and unhoused individuals
  • Give clothes or personal care products to a nonprofit supporting survivors of human trafficking
  • Host a lemonade stand, carwash, yard sale or penny drive to raise money for your favorite nonprofit
  • Join a home build
  • Organize a canned food drive in your neighborhood and donate collection to local food bank
  • Pack fuel bags at a food bank for food-insecure kids and families
  • Volunteer to provide administrative services or clerical work to a nonprofit for free
  • Serve meals at a soup kitchen
5/8/20 Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee volunteer at 2nd Harvest Food Bank