Service projects come in many different shapes and sizes and vary in the amount of time they require. There are some projects that may only involve a few people sprucing up a small park for only a couple of hours, while there are others that involve a large number of people doing something on the citywide scale. Some projects are sponsored by single organizations, while others may involve wide-ranging partnerships of suppliers, contractors, and state associations. Whatever the project, each is connected to our industry and unites us around a common goal.
Examples of project ideas:
- Clean, enhance, and/or beautify a local landmark (church, schools).
- Clean up parks, build park amenities, mulch trees, build paths, etc. on a national, state, county, and/or local level.
- Restore watersheds by cleaning up streams, or improve stormwater systems at a local school or church by building a rain garden.
- Restore or build a new dog park.
- Reinforce river banks and bulkheads against potential damage from hurricanes or other catastrophic weather conditions.
- Plant trees in parks or neighborhoods with minimal canopy coverage.
- Enhance a local monument, battlefield, or park by making it more accessible to the physically challenged — add ramps or boardwalks across meadows.
- Illuminate an entrance way, pathway, or point of interest in a public viewing area, such as a public library, children's home, retirement community, a park, a prominent small bridge, covered bridge, lookout point, water feature, community building, playground entrance and/or pathway, courtyard areas at rehabilitation centers, vocational centers, food banks, blood banks, or volunteer offices.
- Build a sports field at parks or recreation centers.
- Build community gardens.
- Build raised gardens for the physically challenged.
- Help preserve a hiking trail.
- Use LED accent lighting to tout energy efficiency and being environmentally friendly — 75 percent less energy versus traditional outdoor low voltage lighting to illuminate a cherished local landmark or Old Glory, or a statue, monument, or outdoor art sculpture.
- Participate in the GreenCare for Troops Program. Visit projectevergreen.com for more information.
- Educate the community by dispersing information (via flyers, brochures, or door-to-door) about insects and diseases that are destroying native plants, invasive weed mitigation, how to use native plants to save water, xeriscaping, rainwater collection, pesticides, etc.
Registration for PLANET Day of Service will open on March 15, 2014!
Save the Date! Mark your calendars for January 30, 2014 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST for a webinar titled, “How to Plan a Community Service or PLANET Day of Service Project for Your Company”. This webinar will walk you through a step by step process of planning a project as well as learn the benefits of community stewardship. It will also help you plan your PLANET Day of Service project. For more information, click here.