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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.
Take pictures of your staff and volunteers in their PLANET Day of Service T-shirts working out in the field on your Day of Service projects. Be sure to send them to Heather Finney or Lisa Schaumann so that PLANET can capture these events in a 2013 PLANET Day of Service photo album.
Tag your PLANET Day of Service YouTube videos with “PLANET Day of Service 2013” and we’ll add them to PLANET’s YouTube video feed as well.