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Volunteering some of your time to outreach activities can be very rewarding both for you and the people you help. Sometimes actions speak louder. Random acts of kindness are easy to acheive, do not cost anything and assist our community and neighbors. Here are some outreach activities you can get started with your group:

Nursing Home Assistance
People in nursing homes tend to be lonely and disconnected from the world. You can contact various nursing homes in your area to see what types of activities you can do with the residents there. You can get your group together to read stories, write letters, just talk, put on skits, bring in some cookies and more.

Helping the Homeless
There are so many homeless people roaming the streets, even on the Vineyard. Whether you live in a small, rural town or a big city, there are always things your group can do to help out the homeless. You can contact a local police, churches or hospital to see what you can do to participate and /or assist with the ever growing situation.

You don’t have to be a genius to help out young kids with their homework. Some kids just don’t get the attention or help they need. You can contact the elementary school guidance departments, the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls, YMCA or community program to see what they are doing in certain neighborhoods for kids. Work with the neighborhood centers to set up tutoring in low-income neighborhoods.

Craft Donation
Are there some students in your youth group that like to sew, knit, paint, etc. There are programs that knit hats and scarves for the needy, sick, or even military troops overseas. There are also organizations that need blankets and clothing. See if your fellow craft-minded teens would like to get involved.

Prom Dress Exchange
Prom season can be rough on teens that don't have a lot of money to buy new dresses. You can start a prom dress exchange so that people who need a new dress can get one for free. You can also do a donation to teens that need a dress and cannot buy one.

Christmas Tree Delivery
Sometimes families cannot afford a tree or they cannot transport trees on their own. Your youth group can get together to deliver Christmas trees to local families.

Turkey Delivery
See if you can get families in your church to donate turkeys or money to buy turkeys and then offer to deliver them to needy families. Just be sure if you are delivering items to dangerous areas that you go with a leader, or even ask for police support. You always want to be safe.

Paint the Town Clean
Volunteer to cover graffiti, paint the playground, murals at schools, etc. If you see an area that needs some work, you can contact an official there to see if there is something you can do about it. Contact your police or public works department to see about cleaning up playgrounds, painting over graffiti, etc. Talk to you elementary schools to check into painting a mural. Make your town more colorful and clean. People will notice your efforts.

Reading Program
Little kids love when people read to them. Pre-schoolers will crawl in your lap and just eat it up. It also helps to promote literacy. Check with local pre-schools, neighborhood centers, and libraries to see if there is a time your youth group can come in to read to the children.

Service Day
You can set up a service outreach group at your school for Service Days. On those days you can help a specific population like seniors, veterans, single moms, etc. You can cook, clean, do the shopping, etc. for those people who need it. Have people sign up for services to help out.

Youth Task Force of Martha's Vineyard