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.

Project Planner - Juvenile ONLYDownload

General Ideas

  • Organize a community blood drive


  • Send cards to soldiers serving overseas


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


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


  • Organize and hold a bake sale for your favorite charity

Helping Children and Schools

  • Tutor children during or after school


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


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


  • Collect clothes and supplies to donate to foster parents


  • 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


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


  • 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



  • 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


  • Start a butterfly garden in your community


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


  • Help raise money to train service dogs


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


  • Organize a spay and neuter your pet program


  • 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


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


  • Donate non-perishable food to a food bank


  • 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 


Reducing Crime and Promoting Safety

  • Volunteer at a police station or firehouse


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


  • 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


  • Donate used books to your local library




  • Become a tour guide at your local museum


  • 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


  • Clean up vacant lot
  • Produce a neighborhood newspaper


  • 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


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