Optimist service projects can instill the power of the individual by "thinking
like a person of action, and acting like a person of thought." You'll
never know what sort of impact you can make on a kid if you don't try. You'll
hear a lot of people say, "Make a difference." The truth is that
everyone makes a difference. The real question is – what kind of difference
will you make? Make the most of each day – you never know what experiences
will enhance the lives of others.
Underestimating talents and abilities is the number one reason people avoid
taking leadership roles. Think about your daily tasks or something you're
good at or enjoy doing. Don't overlook the obvious. Everyone has something
Time is the single most precious and scarce resource we have. Nope, it's
not money. It's time. Your time is precious, and Optimist International
respects your most precious resource. The organization values your commitment
and so do the kids in whom you will "bring out the best."
A Kid's Smile
Think of it like an equation – your talents plus your time equal a
kid's smile. Optimist International's mission is simple, but the effect
is profound. By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out
the best in kids!
Optimist Project Profiles highlight successful programs that various Optimist
Clubs have developed. These profiles can be used as a tool when explaining
who we are and what we do to potential new members.
Online Resource Library
For even more ideas about service projects as well as fundraisers, check
out the Online Resource Library. Information includes Club contacts and
some ideas even provide setup instructions and a list of necessary materials.