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Community Service can be used instead of paying fines and fees with prior court approval. Listed below are service ideas and organzations to work with. 

No endorsement of any organization is implied. You can work with any nonprofit willing to sign off on your hours.

Juveniles can choose to perform a service project instead of court mandated hours. All projects must be approved by the court. Download the packet below for more information

Please contact jp4@wilco.org for any questions or to notify us of broken links.

 
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Project Planner - Juvenile ONLYDownload

General Ideas

  • Organize a community blood drive

https://weareblood.org/ways-to-help/host-a-blood-drive/

  • Send cards to soldiers serving overseas

http://www.operationwearehere.com/IdeasforSoldiersCardsLetters.html

  • Read books or letters to a person who is visually impaired

https://www.voices.com/blog/volunteer_reading_for_the_blind/

  • Collect unused makeup and perfume to donate to a center for abused women

https://www.hopealliancetx.org/

  • Organize and hold a bake sale for your favorite charity

Helping Children and Schools

  • Tutor children during or after school

www.literacycouncil-wc.org

  • Donate stuffed animals to children in hospitals
  • Organize games and activities for children in hospitals or who are visiting hospitalized relatives

https://supportseton.org/volunteer/

  • Knit or crochet baby blankets to be donated to hospitals or homeless shelters

https://www.babyblanketcentral.com/donate-baby-blankets.html

  • Collect clothes and supplies to donate to foster parents

https://www.carryinghope.com/about

  • Collect used sports equipment to donate to families and after-school programs
  • Volunteer at a summer camp for children
  • Give free music lessons to schoolchildren
  • Become a volunteer teen crisis counselor

https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2427690.jsp

  • Organize a summer reading program to encourage kids to read
  • Babysit children during a PTA meeting

https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/babysitting/babysitting-child-care-training/babysitting-classes

  • Organize a reading hour for children at a local school or library
  • Donate used children’s books to a school library
  • Volunteer to help with Vacation Bible School or other religious camps

Helping Senior Citizens

www.ageofcentraltx.org

http://www.owbc-tx.org/volunteer/

  • Read to residents at a nursing home
  • Deliver groceries and meals to elderly neighbors
  • Teach computer skills to the elderly
  • Drive seniors to doctor appointments
  • Mow an elderly neighbor’s lawn
  • Host a bingo night for nursing home residents
  • Host a holiday meal for senior citizens
  • Make birthday cards for the elderly
  • Ask residents of a retirement home to tell you about their lives
  • Pick up medicine for an elderly neighbor
  • Perform a concert or play at a senior center
  • Help elderly neighbors clean their homes and organize their belongings
  • Rake leaves, shovel snow, or wash windows for a senior citizen
  • Deliver cookies to a homebound senior citizen

Helping Animals and the Environment

  • Take care of cats and dogs at an animal shelter

http://pets.wilco.org/

  • Start a butterfly garden in your community

https://www.thebutterflysite.com/butterfly-garden.html

  • Sponsor a recycling contest
  • Help create a new walking trail at a nature center or park
  • Update the signs along a nature trail

https://www.wilco.org/Departments/Parks-Recreation/Volunteers

  • Help raise money to train service dogs

https://www.texvet.org/service-animal

  • Participate in the cleanup of a local river, pond, or lake
  • Foster animals that shelters don’t have space for

https://www.austinpetsalive.org/

  • Organize a spay and neuter your pet program

https://emancipet.org/mobile/

  • Campaign for more bike lanes in your town
  • Volunteer at a nature camp and teach kids about the environment

 

Helping the Hungry and/or Homeless

  • Build a house with Habitat for Humanity

https://www.austinhabitat.org/

  • Donate old eyeglasses to an organization that collects that and distributes them to people in need

http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/taylortx/projects.php

  • Donate non-perishable food to a food bank

https://www.rrasc.org/

  • Donate blankets to a homeless shelter
  • Make “care kits” with shampootoothbrushescombs, etc. to donate to homeless shelters
  • Prepare a home-cooked meal for the residents of a nearby homeless shelter
  • Help repair or paint a local homeless shelter
  • Donate art supplies to kids in a homeless shelter
  • Help organize and sort donations at a homeless shelter
  • Babysit children while their parents look for jobs
  • Become a Big Buddy for children at a homeless shelter
  • Take homeless children on outings
  • Bake a batch of cookies or loaf of bread and deliver it to a soup kitchen
  • Build flower boxes for Habitat for Humanity houses
  • Organize a winter clothes drive to collect coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to be donated
  • Make first aid kits for homeless shelters 

https://www.centraltexashomeless.org/

Reducing Crime and Promoting Safety

  • Volunteer at a police station or firehouse

https://www.ci.taylor.tx.us/933/Become-a-Volunteer

  • Become a certified lifeguard and volunteer at a local pool or beach

https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/lifeguarding?latitude=30.633&longitude=-97.6707

  • Paint over graffiti in your neighborhood
  • Organize a self-defense workshop
  • Organize a drug-free campaign
  • Create a TV or radio public service announcement against drug and alcohol use

Promoting Community Enhancement

  • Paint park benches

https://www.wilco.org/Departments/Parks-Recreation/Volunteer

  • Donate used books to your local library

https://www.ci.taylor.tx.us/25/Library

https://www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/library/

http://www.huttotx.gov/departments/library/index.php

  • Become a tour guide at your local museum

http://williamsonmuseum.org/

  • Repaint community fences
  • Plant flowers in bare public areas
  • Organize a campaign to raise money to buy and install new playground equipment for a park

https://www.fundraising.com/

  • Clean up vacant lot
  • Produce a neighborhood newspaper

https://www.makemynewspaper.com/starting-a-small-town-community-newspape

  • Create a newcomers group in your neighborhood to help welcome new families
  • Volunteer to clean up trash at a community event
  • Adopt a local highway or road and clean up trash along it

https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/volunteer/adopt-a-highway.html

  • Help fix or raise funds to repair a run-down playground
  • Clean up after a natural disaster
  • Volunteer on a city board

http://www.huttotx.gov/government/boards_and_commissions/index.php

https://www.ci.taylor.tx.us/813/Boards-Commissions