Be the One Who Gets It Done
Look around your community. Do you see things you'd like to change? Do you feel sad because you see...

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Develop plans to paint a mural!
Well, don't feel sad, because you can do something to help. No matter what age you are, you can improve your community, help others, or care for the environment. You can be a leader.

Kids who make a difference

Young people can make a difference. Here are a few examples:

Sagen Woolery is a 12-year-old who runs Kids' Kitchen, a summertime soup kitchen at a local church.

Lauren Schwartz was 14 years old when she decided to earn money to buy school supplies and clothing for first-graders from low-income families.

Melissa Poe was only 9 years old when she started Kids For A Clean Environment (Kids FACE), an international children's environmental group.

Get it done--organize

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Kids can start their own organizations and projects.

Let's say you've found something that needs to be done in your community. How do you make it better? Start with your idea and figure out exactly what you want to see happen. For example, do you see a building wall covered in graffiti? What would you like to see there?

Find out who else is interested in this problem or has responsibility. Ask your friends, parents, teachers, religious leaders, and librarians.

Is there another group that's already trying to help solve a problem you found? See if you can help them. No one else is doing it? Organize a group!

Get it done--develop your plans

Keep safety in mind.

After you and your group have figured out your goal, develop plans to reach it.

Ask your parents or other adults for some ideas. They can help you think through the steps to get to your goal.

You'll probably need supplies, and money. Click here to read how Brittany raised $5,400 for her project!

Some projects don't cost anything. For example, if you know that an elderly neighbor has a hard time keeping up with yard work, you can simply volunteer to help.

Some organizations will give "good-deed" grants, gifts of money to support worthy projects. You have to apply to get a grant, so finding a helper who knows how to do this is recommended.

Have fun

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Learn how to volunteer.

One of the best ways to get others involved in your project is to build in fun.

Helping others makes you feel good but you can also find ways to make the project or event enjoyable in other ways.

When a project is fun, your volunteers will be eager to work!

Fun also unleashes creativity, which may spawn more ideas than the ones you first thought of, and even some ideas for other projects.

When ideas run dry

Want to help but aren't sure what to do? Your community has organizations, such as scouts, churches and United Way. They have many projects. Contact them, or check out this site for some great volunteer ideas.Organize a dog walk.

Lots of kids are working all year round at helping others, caring for the environment, and making their communities better places to live.

Be the one

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You can change the world.

You can organize a movement to reach a lofty goal or you can simply look out for ways to help everyday.

When you see an older person struggling with a heavy door, give a hand.

If you see someone drop some packages, stop and help pick them up.

Millions of small acts of kindness can have as great an impact as big projects. If each of us takes a few minutes every day to help others, we can build up mountains of selfless giving.

What's a good source for prizes for a dog walk?

Pet stores

Parents

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That's how you change the world!

True or False: Andrew Jackson was deathly afraid traveling and never rode on a train. Click Andrew's head for the answer.
FALSE: Jackson was the first president to ride on a train!
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Cathie

Medford, OR
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"I really liked this story but there could have been more examples on how to get involved in helping out your community!!!!!!!!!!!! Like i sometimes go to dances for my school just to help donate money. I also donate sttuff that they ask for people who are needy or poor too. Sometimes i even help out my church in lots of different ways to raise money for charaties. I really liked how you put examples, links for more information, or stories about people who helped. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!! :)"
alexis215, MO, Age -5

"The story was well written, but I think that she could have incorperated some better points and given some more information about how to help. However, i think it was a good article and it grabbed my attetion."
Norway111111, MN, Age 12

"This was an amazing way to tell people that you can make a difference and you can change the world just by helping someone. This story made me want to make a difference and to "be the one who gets it done." "
JoeJonas3, NY, Age 12

"This story was interesting. I think it is a good thing for kids to be involved in positive activities. I also think it was good that the story gave examples of good things to do."
tierra1998, MD, Age 10

"This was an amazing way to tell people to get involved in their community and that any one can make a difference just by helping someone.It really inspired me to do something and to "be the one who gets it done.""
JoeJonas3, NY, Age 12

""Overall I think this is a great story. It instills hope in kids that just because they are young or don't have resources or experiences, they can really make a difference in the world and help to change something they really care about. I loved the real-life kid examples!""
dino_lex, TX, Age 11

"I am glad you're writing about stopping graffiti. I hold doors open for people at stores. Maybe so can you. Also maybe you can pick up trash you see in the street or sidewalk. WIERDO, Peoria,Il. 4/7/09"
wierdo, IL, Age 89

"I am glad you're writing about stopping graffiti. I am not around a lot of graffiti and litter because I live in the country, but I do pick up garbage I see lying around. My family and I went on a trip to New York we saw a lot of litter on the sides of the roads, I did not like it!!!! I do not like to see litter lying around. "
Itsme, WA, Age 11

"Overall I think this is a great story. It instills hope in kids that just because they are young or don't have resources or experiences, they can really make a difference in the world and help to change something they really care about. I loved the real-life kid examples!"
pinapple27, WI, Age 13

"This is an awesome story. So many times, kids feel like they are too young to do anything that matters. Many adults even treat us that way. So it's great to get ideas on ways that we can really make a difference. Thanks! "
KC64Stude, FL, Age 11

"This story is interesting. Cathie, you make it sound so easy. I like your points about how easy it is to make a difference, even with just a few minutes a day."
JohnH, MD, Age 13

"This story is cool and I wanna help my community. It really looks a mess so I should do and I will do more stuff for it. WOOOO!! go me!"
Draid23, MD, Age 12

"The story is very well written and it makes me want to get out and help my community!!!"
1600man, GA, Age 12

"Thanks, Cathie, for telling about people who make a difference in these tough times. This brightened my day. Thanks for giving links to other sites with additional info. "
tojoow, tn, Age 13

"That was a great story! Imagine what could happen if everybody saw that article!"
BJ, IL, Age 11

"this story is really great and fun to make more please "
catiebubble1, AZ, Age 20

"I liked the way this story was written, and since I have always enjoyed the idea of being able to volunteer for causes I believe in, it really made me smile! I thought it had plenty of useful information and enjoyed reading it. Thank you!"
supersister, ID, Age 10

"I think this was a useful article. It was very informative, and I hope to write stories as good as these."
Lpiano, Az, Age 11

"This article shows that even us kids can help the world! Way KOOL!"
krb95, FL, Age 12

""i think this was an interesting article. it has useful information,and is encouraging. this stuff is not hard to do. "
krb95, FL, Age 12

"This was so interesting! I think I will forward this to some friends so they can get involved. I believe the world would be a better place if everyone cared as much as Mellisa Poe, Lauren Schwartz and Sagen Woolery."
mazza2618, MI, Age 11

"This kind of thing is something that most kids are not interested in doing but I believe that they should be because they can make it fun and worth their time."
tanereham, AZ, Age 14

"i really liked this story... it gave me new ideas to actually do something myself and to actually follow this advice. Because I have tried, but I failed... this time I will succeed... :0)"
taymac24, MD, Age 13

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