26 Simple Service Ideas A-Z

I’ve always heard that serving others is the best way to change ourselves. I grew up in a service-oriented home. There are stories beyond stories of times members of my family served those around them. And more often than not, it’s the simple things.

I was thinking about how sometimes we feel like service needs to be a grand gesture. We see videos on social media all the time of grand acts of service. We think, “I can’t ever do something like that. But wouldn’t it be cool?” I know that’s how I feel.

I decided to create a list, A-Z, of simple ways we can serve those around us. It can be a family member, a friend, or even a stranger. Whoever it may be, chances are, it’ll impact you far beyond the few seconds it takes to serve.

Act when prompted

Be a friend

Comfort a friend

Donate old clothes/shoes/books/toys

Eat with someone sitting alone

Find something in common

Give a ride


Initiate conversation with a stranger

Just be kind

Kneel and pray for someone in need


Make cookies for someone

Note – write one!

Offer half your sandwich

Pay attention to your surroundings

Quench someone’s thirst and buy them a drink

Read to your kids


Tag a friend in a funny meme post on social media

Unload someone’s groceries with them

Visit a nursing home

Watch a friend’s kids for date night

eXample – be one! (this one was a biiiiiit more difficult)

Yell “I love you”

Zip past to open a door (Z is difficult!)

Some of those letters may have been a bit of a stretch, but as you can see, there are so many simple ways to serve those around us.

I am so grateful for all the times I’ve received service from others and the opportunities I’ve had to serve. Service can change our hearts, bit by bit. Don’t ever think the small things don’t make a difference, because they do.

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Oakli Wright Van Meter is a blogger, BYU student, and aspiring novelist. Connect with her at wiseoleoak.com

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