One research project after another on the subject of volunteering has shown time and time again that making a difference in someone else's life can lead to big positive changes in your own!

The Helpline Center has been an advocate of both life-changing experiences. And they have found that one of the most fun and successful programs they offer has been the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Projects.

Every month they suggest taking on a project on your own, with friends, or family, your church or youth group, service clubs, business groups, and more.

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It could be anything, and while they suggest a monthly project, you can choose any of them, to do anytime, and then offer them to Helpline suggested agencies, shelters, churches, etc.

Here are just three suggestions for you:

  • March's Featured Project - Elder/Senior Care Kit - This project is one that can truly bring joy to a person in an assisted living facility or alone in their home. Just find a colorful box or bag and start adding goodies to it. Suggested items include hand cream, activity books with word games or crossword puzzles, hand sanitizer, tissues, large print books, jigsaw puzzles, and of course goodies like cookies, crackers, and pretzels.
  • DIY Plant a Garden Project - Now this spring activity is one that can be as soul-soothing to you as it will be to people you share it with. All you need to do is start a small garden, tend to it and then share its bounty with others. You can even grow a container garden with vegetables or flowers.
  • DIY Kids Summer Fun Activity Pack - You can start at the dollar store or other thrift store to collect your items. Use a sand bucket or other plastic container to hold the items you want to include. Some ideas for you are sidewalk chalk, bubbles, balls, jump ropes, pool toys, sunscreen, insect repellent, and more. After it is filled decorate it with fun stickers and kid colors.

For more information on these volunteer opportunities, and hundreds of others, call the Helpline Center at 211, or see Helpline Center online, on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Results-Townsquare Media Sioux Falls Most Read South Dakota Stories of 2021

The end of the year is the natural time to take a look back at what has happened over the last 12 months.

Here at Results-Townsquare Media Sioux Falls, our websites and radio stations cover everything from local news stories to weather updates to business openings and closings to entertainment features to unique and interesting things you never even knew existed in and around Sioux Falls, South Dakota, northwest Iowa, and southwest Minnesota.

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From all of us here at Results-Townsquare Media Sioux Falls thank you for making us part of your life in 2021, and we look forward to a great 2022 with you.

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