One of the best experiences that you can have as a college student would be giving back to your community. This doesn’t only entail volunteering; there are so many ways that we can give back, yet we don’t realize that it’s actually called giving back. So here’s a list of 15 simple ways you can be a great citizen.

Donate unused clothing to Salvation Army

We all have clothes that we haven’t worn in months, maybe even years. Why not give them to people who need them? Or even to people who would wear them every single day?

Volunteer at a local soup kitchen

Working at a soup kitchen will teach you so much about how to appreciate the life that you live and everything in it. When you see people who are just happy to have a full stomach, you’ll want to volunteer again to help those people in need.

Write letters to soldiers overseas

There are men and women who protect this country. They deserve the very best from all of us. After all, we owe them everything. Write a letter to someone anonymously. I guarantee that it’ll make their day. They’ll appreciate their job that much more.

Donate money to local charities

Some people can give their time, so why not give a little bit of money to a great cause that you think deserves it? This would be the best thing to do in that situation.

Go back to your old high school and volunteer

You’ll be able to see your old teachers and help in the classrooms that you once sat it. Those children will look up to you in ways that you can’t imagine. Plus, we all know that high school can be tough. Why not help them get through it?

Become a mentor for a young boy or girl

Becoming a big brother or sister for someone who can’t biologically have one is such a great experience for everyone. You’re giving that young one a chance to have someone to look up. That’s a gift in itself.

Buy from your local farmer’s market

Support local farmers and crop growers. Take a visit to your farmer’s market and buy the goods that are locally grown and produced.

Leave a waitress at a local restaurant a huge tip

Most waitresses work longs days just to make ends meet. Tips are one of the only ways that they can do that, so leave them a larger tip than normal and a smile. They’ll appreciate it more than you can imagine.

Give blood

There is always a need for blood so this one is a no-brainer. One trip to giving blood can lead to you saving 3 lives and/or 9 babies. Be someone’s hero.

Pay the tab for the person in front of you in line when grocery shopping

I’ve heard stories of this happening to people, and each time, they’ve always had a big smile on their face. Do that for someone.

Work on a local political campaign for free

If you’re into politics, this is a great way to get the experience you may need for your future.

Volunteer your time to plant trees

The world needs more trees. Be kind to the environment and plant a few trees.

Work for a non-profit organization for free

This could also be considered having an internship that is non-paid. It’s a great experience; it’ll teach you the value of a dollar.

Buy your co-workers lunch one day

This is a simple act of kindness that can put a smile on your co-workers faces. Kindness goes a long way.

Do something you’re good at for someone that’s in need

Help someone build a website if you’re good at it or take photographs for someone for free if you’re a photographer. Get practice with what you’re good at.