- Collect food to help those in need in your area. Distribute bags at neighborhood meetings or in your school. Set a date to pick them up and donate them to a food bank. Food banks need any non-perishable foods, especially protein foods like tuna, peanut butter, stews, chili and chunky soups. Some groups distribute items like baby food and diapers, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper and other hygiene items.
- Collect, launder and repair clothing, then donate it to a nonprofit organization for distribution.
- Collect material and assemble personal care kits using shoeboxes for women staying at a local domestic violence shelter. Be sure to include items like toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, brush and feminine items like perfume.
- Put together children's kits for shelters, crisis nurseries and/or foster homes. Include personal care items, a washcloth and towel, crayons, coloring books and other items children would enjoy.
Community Service Ideas
Service is an important part of the Girl Scout program. Consider the ages of the girls, the number of girls and the size of the project to ensure success.
Look around your school, community, church, parks, etc. for projects that will help make it better for people and the environment.
Contact local nursing homes, shelters, food banks, schools, local governments, parks, zoos, crisis nurseries, day care programs, domestic violence shelters or other creative locations where girls can share their time with their community.
Keep in mind that some projects are limited by the age of the volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering at an agency, it would be a good idea to contact them ahead of time to be sure the girls are old enough to participate.
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