5 Steps to Planning Community Service Projects
When you organize a Lions club service activity that is meaningful to your community, you can make a more significant impact on the people you serve. Whether you’re just getting started or your club is in need of a fresh plan of action, here are some steps to help guide you through the process of organizing a meaningful, effective service project.
Step #1: Make a list of possible programs.
Ask your club members the following questions:
- What do you like about your community?
- What do you want to improve in the community?
- What kinds of skills, resources, people and funding is required for the improvements you want to make?
Following the discussion, identify and rank the top five features and top five improvements to consider.
Step #2: Appoint task forces.
Further discuss possible projects and identify three to five club opportunities. Set up task forces, or committees, to research each project further. Task force members should collect ideas for implementation, discuss possible action steps and recruit interested Lions.
Step #3: Conduct research.
Make the necessary contacts in the community to find out more about your opportunity, and consider asking the following questions:
- Do you think this project will help the community?
- How do you think the improvement could be made?
- What resources do you have to help make the improvement?
- Are there other needs you think the club should consider?
Communicate with your contacts closely and remember to keep an open mind!
Step #4: Write a plan.
Develop a written plan that includes goals and objectives, time frame, and people and resources needed.
Step #5: Implement the plan!
Involve your members and reward their successes along the way. Include progress reports in club newsletters and meetings. When the project is complete, take a moment to review the actions, including what worked and what didn’t work, and identify ways to improve for the next project.
Do you have any tips, success stories or ideas for planning a meaningful service activity project? Share your thoughts in the comments below!