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Teach your child the importance of serving others.

When tribes participate in community service projects, they develop volunteer leadership skills and enjoy working together. We want our children to grow into servant leaders who positively impact their community.
As a community-wide Federation of tribes, we coordinate several group community service opportunities during the school year. We encourage tribes and individuals to volunteer. Find a Y-Guides Community Service Project >>
Each year as one of our service projects, Y-Guides raises funds for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte's Community Outreach Campaign. These funds help ensure that Y-Guides membership and events are available to all families in our community. Learn more >>
We support our community each year with our Classroom Central Service Project. Classroom Central equips students living in poverty for more effective learning by distributing free school supplies. Serve together and donate school tools such as filler paper, composition books, pocket folders, kid scissors, glue sticks, crayons, markers and colored pencils.
Your tribe may also schedule its own community service project as a monthly tribal outing:
Cookies for Cancer: Looking for a fun idea for your tribe that makes a difference for kids battling cancer? Host a Cookies for Kids' Cancer Bake Sale. It's simple - pick a location, ask friends and family to bake, spread the word in your community and host the event with the rest of your tribe. All funds raised go to pediatric cancer research and as a thank you; they send each member of your tribe a Cookies for Kids' Cancer patch and Good Cookie certificate. Email events@beagoodcookie.org to get started. Learn more >>
Bright Blessings: Bright Blessings is a volunteer-led, 501c3 nonprofit organization serving the greater Charlotte region. Thanks to the helping hands and hearts of volunteers and supporters, the programs of Bright Blessings brings joy, care and hope to over 4000 homeless and impoverished children every year. Learn more >> 
Urban Ministry: The Urban Ministry depends on volunteers to help our homeless neighbors. Check out the opportunities below. If interested, please email education@urbanministrycenter.org
  • Operation Sandwich: All we need is a willingness to supply the sandwich ingredients and man power to get them made. The sandwiches are delivered here for our soup kitchen volunteers to serve with lunch. Sandwiches can be delivered Monday – Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm, or Saturday-Sunday 9:30am – 12:00pm.
  • Walk in My Shoes Location: Adopt the identity of a person experiencing homelessness and “walk in their shoes,” visiting several agencies around the Urban Ministry Center. This experience is a great way to understand the everyday hardships caused by homelessness on a physical level. This is an on-site activity, Saturdays (10am-12pm) or coordinate volunteers (5 – 25 people with one chaperone per 5-6 students). Time: 2 hours.
  • My Name is Rachel/My Name is John: These discussion-based exercises each tell the true story of an UMC neighbor. My Name is Rachel tells the story of a woman who grew up in generational poverty. My Name is John tells the story of man who seemed to be living the American Dream. In each, we analyze how life circumstances led them to homelessness and what made a difference in their lives. This activity may be on-site or off-site at a group facility. Coordinate date and time with 5-25 volunteers. Ages: Rachel = Middle School to Adult; John = Elementary School to Adult. Time: 1.5 hours.
Other community service project ideas include: 
  • Loaves and Fishes
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Crisis Assistance Ministry
  • Toys for Tots
  • Park Clean Up