101 Creative Community Service Ideas for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Photo credit: Aleksandr Zubkov - Getty Images
Photo credit: Aleksandr Zubkov – Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Participating in community service is one of the most rewarding things you can do. No matter your age, giving back can help you build friendships, develop new skills, and increase life satisfaction — all while making the world a better place. It’s no wonder that in a Good Housekeeping poll of over 4,000 people, 19% of respondents said they typically volunteer once a month and another 19% said they volunteer even more than that.

Ahead, we’ve found the most impactful community service ideas for volunteers of all ages. Remember: these ideas are meant to be general. If one speaks to you, think of ways you can personalize it toward your interests and expertise. Don’t be afraid to think big either. While you could totally pick up litter at the beach by yourself, you’d cover a lot more land if you

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Halloween Isn’t Canceled! Creative Ways to Celebrate Safely at Home This Year

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Halloween is just around the corner, which means we are all gearing up for our usual tricks and treats in this not-so-usual time. With the COVID-19 pandemic looming large, it can be hard to know how to celebrate. But just because this Halloween is going to look different doesn’t mean that it has to be boring or lacking in any way. Talk to your kids about what they love about Halloween and get their input. From there, you can decide — together — what is going to be the most fun for them!

Need some ideas? From socially distant spooky activities to at-home fun for the whole family, we have compiled a list of fun ways to celebrate safely.

Turn Your Home into a (Temporary) Haunted House

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There’s no time like the present to lean into outfitting your home for the holiday! By making it a fun activity

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Discover Raphael’s creative process with new state-of-the-art renovation of V&A’s Cartoons Court


Recording the colour of the Raphael Cartoons at the V&A using panoramic composite photography
© Gabriel Scarpa for Factum Foundation

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) will open its Raphael Court on 14 November—just in time for the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death—following a nine-month refurbishment. The court houses the celebrated Raphael Cartoons, large-scale paper designs painted by Raphael in 1515-16 for the Acts of the Apostles tapestry series woven for Pope Leo X’s Sistine chapel.

Seven of the cartoons were acquired by Charles I in 1623 and shipped to England; they remained in the Royal Collection and were lent to the South Kensington Museum—now the V&A—by Queen Victoria in 1865 in memory of Prince Albert. “The cartoons were exempted from sale by the Commonwealth, possibly because of their distinguished provenance, but it was only at the end of the 17th century that they began to be considered as works

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