In October of 1999, Exchange Clubs across America and in Puerto Rico made history by participating in the first ever National Day of Service. More than 2,500 Exchangites and 200 clubs took part in this monumental day along with school groups, other service clubs and community groups. Now almost fourteen years later, the National Day of Service is still helping Exchange members find new ways to serve their communities and bring positive exposure to their clubs. This year we hope that even more clubs and members will join together in making their community a better place to live. National Day of Service will be observed on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
The National Day of Service is a call to action to stand up and be counted, by participating in a community service project of your choosing. Even the smallest club and project can help the local community and contribute to Exchange's impact across America. Additionally, local Exchange and Excel Clubs may want to work together to accomplish larger scale service projects. Not only will your project help your club improve the community, but it is a great way to receive media attention and awareness of your club. This can aid in recruiting more members for an even larger impact next year.
After your club participates in National Day of Service, please send information on your project, its impact on the community and high resolution photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in a special follow-up story. Be sure to invite your local media.
Here are some ideas to help you get started, using our Programs of Service and National Project areas of focus:
• Assemble and send care packages to active military personnel
• Collect old or worn flags and conduct a proper flag-disposal ceremony
• Crime Prevention - Conduct a My Day in Court event with students
• Fire Prevention - Install smoke detectors in homes of needy families
• Organize a "Trick or Treat" day at a local nursing home by donating candy and helping costumed children trick-or-treat from room to room
• Assist homebound seniors with household projects (i.e. rake leaves, mow the lawn, clean gutters, wash windows)
• Throw a Halloween party for disadvantaged or hospitalized children
• Take disadvantaged youth to an amusement park, picnic, pumpkin picking or a fair
• Collect winter apparel, boots, books and toys for disadvantaged children Child Abuse Prevention
• Take Fetal Alcohol Syndrome brochures to local hospitals, clinics and health departments
• Hold a fund raising Halloween party at your local Child Abuse Prevention Center
• Donate Time-out Teddy bears to a local police or fire station
For more community service ideas click here.