Curriculum Resources

Service-Learning : Hands-on Service Projects

America's Second Harvest

Help end hunger. This is the largest hunger relief organization in the U.S. Their main activity is feeding hungry people by collecting and distributing food, and they could use your help. 35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2000, Chicago, IL 60601. 800-771-2303. www.feedingamerica.org/home.aspx.

BookEnds

Recycles children’s books through student-run book drives and places them in schools and youth organizations in need of books. Student volunteers can collect, sort and personally deliver donated books. 2957 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064. 310-478-2665. www.bookends.org.

Color A Smile

A non-profit organization that collects thousands of crayon drawings from school children and mails them to (mostly) senior citizens each month. P.O. Box 1516, Morristown, NJ 07962-1516. 973-540-9222. www.colorasmile.org.

Creative Charity for Children

Students and young artists create works of art and sell them at local events and fairs, online, or any venue. Proceeds are donated to a charity of their choice. Fall City, WA 98024. 425-222-9425. www.meylah.com/3c.

Flying Wild

Focus on migratory birds encourages middle school students to get involved in activities that promote environmental learning and stewardship. 5555 Morningside Drive, Suite 212, Houston, TX 77005. 713-520-1936. www.flyingwild.org.

FreeRice

Students answer trivia questions online about math, Spanish, French, English grammar and geography. For each right answer, FreeRice donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. Questions can be adjusted by skill or grade level. www.freerice.com.

Give Water A Hand

Follow the steps in the free guide to help youth groups or classes plan and complete a community service project to protect and improve water resources. 445 Henry Mall, Room 202, Madison, WI 53706. 800-WATER20. www.uwex.edu/erc/gwah.

Go To Service-Learning

Service themed lesson plans for all grade levels can be implemented with subject-based curriculum including language arts, math, science, and social studies. www.gotoservicelearning.org.

Green Your School Challenge

Find out about this nationwide challenge during February-April. Students will engage in service-learning projects to improve the environment and reduce energy consumption in their school and community. As students study how to “go green,” they will recognize and describe how the activities of individuals affect the environment. 19 West 21st St., 8th Floor, NY, NY 10010. 212-254-2390. www.dosomething.org/green-your-school.

Habitat for Humanity International

Online activities and lessons help teachers educate and involve young people in service-learning. The Teacher Fellows one-week summer program introduces teachers to Habitat for Humanity’s service-learning opportunities for students. Contact your local Habitat for Humanity for more information. 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709. 800-422-4828. www.habitat.org/youthprograms/default.aspx.

HandsOn Network

Community service network providing volunteer opportunities nationwide. They are the largest volunteer network in the nation, and focus on leading people from impulse to action, turning their ideas for change into impactful projects, like wheelchair ramp construction, watershed protection projects and tutoring programs. www.handsonnetwork.org.

Heifer International

Students could raise money throughout the year with a bake sale, garage sale, or any other ideas to buy farm animals to help people in the world take care of themselves and their families. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, they empower them to turn lives of poverty into self-reliance and hope. 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AK 72202. 800-422-0474. www.heifer.org.

Kids Can Make A Difference® (KIDS)

The website provides classroom initiatives and teacher guides for implementing lesson plans and activities that educate students about hunger and poverty. Their major goal is to stimulate students to take some definite follow-up actions as they begin to realize that one person can make a difference. 140 East 72nd Street, #14B, New York, NY 10021.212-861-0911. www.kidscanmakeadifference.org.

Kids Care Club

This organization provides children, schools, and groups with meaningful opportunities to help others in their local and global communities. Kids Care Clubs’ goal is to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service. You can set up an affiliated club in your school. 281 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010. 917-746-8171. www.kidscare.org.

Map Your Community

Students develop a better sense of community after identifying their community's assets and needs. They can form a committee to define a project that responds to the identified need. 1101 15th St. NW, Ste. 200, Washington, DC 20005. 202-296-2992. www.ysa.org.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Organizations and individuals can sign up online to receive free tools and resources for participating in service activities. Grants to support volunteer projects are also available. Corporation for National and Community Service, 1201 New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20525. 202-606-5000. www.mlkday.gov.

New York Cares

Educates public high school students in New York City about social issues, engages them in youth-led service projects, and provides leadership training. Typical projects include community revitalization, education, HIV/AIDS, childcare, people with special needs, seniors, hunger, and homelessness. 65 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10006. 212-228-5000. www.newyorkcares.org.

Relay for Life, American Cancer Society

Teams of people raise money by camping and walking around a track or path. Find a local Relay in your community or work with ACS staff to establish your own event. Mini-Relays are also available for Elementary and Middle Schools. 800-ACS-2345. www.relayforlife.org.

Scholastic Book Clubs Classroom Cares

For every 100 books your class reads, Scholastic donates books to children in need through their literacy partners. 800-724-6527, #1. clubs.scholastic.com.

Something Special

Students identify their personal skills and strengths and reflect upon how they apply those assets in everyday activities and relationships. 1101 15th St. NW, Ste. 200, Washington, D.C. 20005. 202-296-2992. www.ysa.org.

Special Olympics

Free “Get Into It” learning curriculum helps educators teach about the diverse gifts of every student, whatever his or her ability, and introduces young students to community service through a group service-learning project. 1133 19th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. 202-824-0300. www.specialolympics.org.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This site offers ideas for community service projects related to animals and environmental conservation. www.fws.gov/educators/educators.html.

United States of Community Service, Inc.

The Almost-Sleepover service-learning event takes place on National Make a Difference Day, October 27, 2012. Students and youth nationwide simultaneously volunteer to make items for donation and/or collect donations for charity. 800 Village Walk, Ste. 234, Guilford, CT 06437. 203-215-2997. www.uscsnow.com.