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April is National Community Service Month. When was the time you and your club organized a project that was close to your heart? If it seems like it’s later, rather than sooner, there’s never been a better time to start the planning process.
To help guide you through the process, follow these steps from Lions Club International:
- Brainstorm a list of possible programs
You can find a need by asking yourself and your club the following questions:
a. What do you like best about your community?
b. What could use improving in the community?
c. What kinds of resources are required to make the proposed improvements?
Identify and list three to five qualities and improvements.
- Designate committees
After coming up with your list of ideas, set up committees to research the projects further. Committee members should continue to brainstorm ideas for implementation, possible action steps and include other interested participants.
- Conduct research
Reach out to community contacts to learn more about the opportunity. Find out if they think the project will help the community and if they have ideas about how the project can be completed.
- Develop relationships with other community organizations
In many cases, two heads are better than one. Community organizations may already have completed substantial research about your project topic and have more ideas on how to accomplish the goal.
- Create a written plan
Projects with a written plan that includes lots of details are much more likely to get completed. Be sure to include the goals and objectives, time frame and necessary resources.
- Implement your plan
Involve your members and other interested participants throughout the project implementation phase. Don’t forget to keep everyone up-to-date on the progress and reward success. When the project is complete, take some time to review the entire planning process to determine what worked and what didn’t to improve the next project plan.
Lions Pride is always on the lookout to find Lions Clubs that are interested in supporting the Wisconsin Lions Camp and all other WLF projects. If you and your club are interested in learning more, contact us today to find out what Lions Pride is all about. You could even be featured in a future blog post! Let’s work together to preserve, provide and protect for Lions Camp and all other WLF statewide projects.
Happy Community Service Month!