31 Community Service Journal Prompts for Students

No matter how old your students are, now is the perfect time to encourage them to get involved in their communities.  When kids participate in community service, they become more empathetic, develop a deeper understanding of issues facing today’s world, and also gain a powerful sense of pride and confidence in their own actions—and best of all, they also provide much-needed help to people and causes who can truly benefit from it.Community Service Journal Writing Ideas for Students

In these all new journal prompts about community service, your students will consider everything from the causes that matter most to them to what it would be like to live in a world where everyone performed at least one act of service each day.  They’ll reflect on the meaning of charity, express their own charitable goals, and consider whether or not community service should be required.  Most importantly, they’ll also have the opportunity to commit to community service and write about their experiences at a later date. 

Community Service Journal Prompts for Students

Use these community service journal prompts to help your students see the value of donating their time and efforts to causes and people who need their help!

  1. If you could start your own charity, what would your mission be?  Who would you serve?  What kinds of acts of service would volunteers perform?
  2. What is one thing you could do today to improve our local community?  How would you accomplish this goal?
  3. Why is it so important to volunteer?  What volunteer efforts make the biggest difference?
  4. Is it better to volunteer your time or donate money?  Does it depend on the cause?  Why or why not?
  5. Write about a time when you performed an act of charity.  What did you do?  How did you feel afterward?
  6. Write about a time when you benefited from an act of charity that someone else performed.  What did that person do for you?  How did you feel afterward?
  7. List 10 different types of community service that you could perform this year.  Then, choose one that you would like to commit to doing and write about what you will do and why.
  8. List five different types of community service that our class could perform this year.  Then, choose your favorite and explain why you think it would do the most good.
  9. What does “charity” mean to you?  Define the word and explain what value it has to you.
  10. Think of a historical figure who was well known for how he or she helped less fortunate people.  Write about what this person did and how he or she inspires you to help others, too.
  11. What is your favorite way to contribute to your community?  What do you like about it?
  12. It’s all too easy to take the things we have for granted.  List five things that you sometimes take for granted that someone less fortunate than you does not have.  Then, write brief statements of gratitude for each thing and what you appreciate about it.
  13. Write a poem about the importance of volunteer work.
  14. What do you think it would be like to live in a world where everyone performed at least one act of service every day?
  15. Do you believe schools should require their students to perform community service?  Why or why not?
  16. Should adults be required to perform community service (either by their jobs or by the government)?  Why or why not?
  17. Spend one week doing something kind for someone every single day.  At the end of the week, write about what you did and how people responded.  Then, explain what you learned about yourself during the activity.
  18. What happens when people don’t get the help they need?  What can we do to prevent this?
  19. Have you ever performed a random act of kindness as an act of service?  What did you do?  How did it make you feel?
  20. Think about a time when you volunteered to help someone less fortunate.  What is one thing that surprised you about your experience—and how did it affect the way you look at service today?
  21. What is the best way to determine whether or not a charity is worthy of your time, money, and attention?
  22. Write about a time when you witnessed a person (Person A) helping another person (person B) without Person B’s knowledge.  What did Person A do?  How do you think their act of service made Person B feel?
  23. What is the most important cause facing our world today?  Why is it so important?
  24. Write a persuasive argument that encourages readers to donate their time or money to your favorite cause.  Be sure to explain why the cause matters and what will happen if the reader doesn’t contribute!
  25. Is it important for you to be able to witness how your service or donation impacts someone—or are you comfortable helping people from afar and never seeing the results of your work directly?  Why?
  26. What types of charities or community service organizations does your family support?  Why?
  27. Write about the first time you learned that there are less fortunate people in the world.  What do you remember about that lesson?  How did your new understanding make you feel?  How has your perspective changed since then?
  28. What would you do if one of your classmates was being teased or bullied at school?  Could your response be considered an act of service?  Why or why not?
  29. When there are so many people in the world who need charity, how should we decide which people to help?  
  30. Many people perform community service and donate money because they feel good when they help others out.  With that in mind, do you think it is possible for charity work to be totally selfless?  Why or why not?
  31. Do you prefer to give back to our local community, or to focus on issues that affect larger populations?  Why?
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