DIY Community Service

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We often associate DIY (Do It Yourself) projects as only self or home improvement projects but what about doing it yourself and helping others? Community service is often left to the "professionals" like us here at Provision Lab but you, too, can do a service project in your local community.

Maybe you are looking to do something new and innovative. We solute that! Ambitious undertakings are a cornerstone to revolutionizing our communities. They are also time and labor intensive at the very least and more often than not, financially draining. There are, however, some smaller and stellar opportunities to do something new that may be more cost effective in both time and dollars.

Most community service projects have some sort of limitation so understanding scope is extremely important when it comes to figuring out what project you want to undertake. As an example, you may really want to start a community garden like this which is a great idea! BUT, it took a lot of planning, city approval, and time and financial contributions to make something of that size and scope to happen.

However, if you love gardening, start a garden as a family or connect with other people who have gardens and see if they are willing to donate produce. There is little to no cost associated with that. Then once you have some produce, sell your produce and give the profits to your favorite charity. [We may know of one really awesome one to donate to if you need a suggestion. ;-) ]

Community cleaning is another free and easy way to donate your time and efforts to your community. Most major roads have a responsible party for road side cleaning but parks, common areas, and sidewalks are all places that you could start on right away. And if you throw out an invitation to some friends and family, you may get some helpers and an opportunity to spend quality time with people you care about. That's what we call a WIN, WIN!

Be creative when thinking of all the other ways to donate your time to do a community service project. Any bit of service is a great thing and we at Provision Lab proudly support your efforts. And if you do have a great idea that is a little bigger than a do-it-yourselfer then contact us. We would be happy to support and empower you in developing your community.

I'll leave you with this final quote: 

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill