Pathfinder Pathways

Service Pathways

This page includes community and mission service ideas. If you know service projects that you've used please let us know.

American Soldier

When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address.  If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get.

When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:

         A Recovering American Soldier
         c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
         6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
         Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check Made Payable to "The United States of America" for an amount "up to and including his life."

  • Collect and repair used bicycles and give to needy kids
  • Build birdhouses and donate them to a nature center
  • Mow an elderly neighbor's lawn
  • Collect crazy and fun hats for kids receiving chemotherapy treatments
  • Christmas Lights - Collect donations of Christmas decorations and tree lights from the community and tree lights from the community. Then arrange for teams of your Pathifnders to decorate shut-in homes for the holidays.  Once the holidays are over you may want to check to see if they need thelp taking the decorations down and storing them.
  • Shopper Sitting - have a group of Pathfinders turn the youth room into a nursery and baby-sitting room for half a day.  Publicized the free service to parents in the church.  Ask parents to bring their children to the church for a specified time so that they can run holiday errands.
  • Hot for the Cold - Search out locations where people are working outdoors during cold weather ( bell ringers for the salvation army, construction workers, police officers).  Ask kids to bring Christmas cookies from home.  Meet with your groups memebers and prepare a large supply of hot chocolate and coffee then from and send out "heat crews" to serve hot drinks and cookies to the people you identified earlier.  If your area doesn't get cold, serve cold drinks instead.
  • Baby Layette - Help provide low-income mothers with baby items necessary for the first months of their infants' lives.  Use grant money, donations or funds your group has raised to put together layettes from items purchased in your county stores.  The layettes could include one infant grown, one receiving blanket, one combination garment and one crib sheet.  Meet with the managers of local stores to compar selections and prices on infant merchandise.  After you put together the packages, a local community services agency could distribute them to low-income mothers.
  • Playground Clean-up - playgrounds and families go hand-in-hand.  Have your club or group sponsor a playground pizzazz day!  Spiff-up and fix-up a community playground.  Celebrate your efforts with a picnic at the park and invite neighborhood kids and families to attend.  Ask a local hardware or builders supply store to share in the fix-up and the fun!
  • River Clean-up - Does your community have a river clean-up or other type of community clean-up project?  Find out and spend the day helping/  Many of these are scheduled on Sabbath so you may have to work with the organizers to schedule something on Sunday.  You might even be able to get your entire church involved.
  • Plant a Row for the Hungry
  • Warm up America -  Create a warm afghan blanket for someone in need. That's what Warm Up America! is all about --- keeping people warm. Sound simple? Well, it is, and it works because you can make a difference whether you complete one small section or an entire afghan.
  • AIDS Baby Quilts
  • Help at Special Olympics events
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