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“To do a good turn daily.”
Service is an important part of the Girl Scout philosophy, and all troops and groups are encouraged to seek out opportunities for service. Projects may involve helping other people, animals or our environment. It can be a fantastic opportunity for girls to make new acquaintances and to experience the wonderful world of giving.
Service should be a tradition for each of us in Girl Scouting, without need of reward. Girls should be encouraged to plan, promote and participate in service projects for the joy and satisfaction of helping others rather than to earn something for themselves.
Troops and group leaders, as well as individual girls and adults should feel free to use their local community contacts to design community service that is of interest to them. Please keep in mind the following questions when deciding on a community service project.
Does the project:
- Provide service to someone in the community rather than to Girl Scouts?
- Allow for girl involvement and responsibility both in planning and execution?
- Offer opportunities for girls to get to know new people?
- Provide for understanding the responsibility of citizenship?
- Focus on the contemporary interests and concerns of young people?
- Provide for an involvement with people of different backgrounds?
Each year, the council coordinates a variety of council-wide service projects open to troops and groups from throughout the council.
- African Library Project
- Discover your Watershed
- My New Red Shoes
- One Warm Coat
- Project Open Hand
- ShoeBox Recycling
Greater Bay Area Service Projects
- EHC LifeBuilders
- HOPE Good Turn Days
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- Sew for Love
- To Kids From Kids
- Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation Holiday Pet Food Drive
North Coast Area Service Projects
Redwoods Area Service Projects
More to come ...
North Central Area Service Projects
Habitat for Humanity - Shasta Cascade
More to come ...
The African Library Project (ALP) promotes literacy and education in sub-Saharan Africa through small library development in schools and villages without access to books. By sending culturally and developmentally appropriate books, including HIV/AIDS books written especially for African children, ALP works to change lives, book by book.
How Your Troop Can Participate
Your troop can help start a library in Africa by organizing your own book drive. Use ALP’s Book Drive Guidelines to collect, sort, pack and then mail your books to the ALP warehouse, where they will be packaged for shipment to Africa. Your goal is to collect 1,000 appropriate books and approximately $500 for shipping costs. Each book drive takes about six weeks.
ALP will match your troop with an African community or school in Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, or Swaziland. You’ll know exactly where your books are going and can learn about the community and country. If you like, include pictures or letters from your troop to your African partner.
My New Red Shoes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps homeless and low-income children look and feel confident as they start the school year by providing them with new clothing and shoes. By providing this gift for the start of the school year, thousands of Bay Area homeless youth can go to school with their heads held high and start the school year on the right foot. Click on the links below to explore My New Red Shoes’ age-appropriate, meeting and Take Action kits designed specifically for each level of Girl Scouting to coincide with your troop’s badge and Leadership Journeys.
Specific Service and Take Action Projects:
Decorate First Day Cards: Each gift bag we provide includes a hand-written card with an encouraging message for the homeless and low-income student recipient. Printable templates are available at www.mynewredshoes.org.
For more information about My New Red Shoes' volunteer opportunities, please visit www.mynewredshoes.org/girl-scouts.html or email email@example.com.
One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that assists in the donation of coats. One Warm Coat helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute them free, to people in need. The organization’s mission is to ensure that anyone who needs a coat has one. Providing this simple, yet vital, need helps people live productive lives year round.
*Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2013 One Warm Coat event a huge success. we collected 5,514 coats. This is our largest collection yet.
SAVE THE DATE! Nov. 28, 2014
Sign-ups begin Sept. 1, 2014
Mor information to come Summer 2014.
Project Open Hand
Project Open Hand is a Bay Area organization that serves meals daily to over 2,000 clients with AIDS and HIV throughout San Francisco and the East Bay.
How Your Troop Can Participate
Your troop can make inspirational greeting cards, which will be included in clients’ daily meal packages to give them a special personal touch. Cards will be collected year round.
This is a fabulous Service Project to complete at any troop meeting!
Please mail your completed cards to:
POH in Alameda County
1921 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
We are proud to be partnering with ShoeBox Recycling to offer our supporters the opportunity to raise funds for Girl Scouts of Northern California in an environmentally friendly way. ShoeBox Recycling is a for profit recycler of shoes, that allows groups like ours to fundraise, while learning about diverse cultures, reuse, expanding our world, and hopefully connecting to our SoleMate, or the future owner of our shoes.
ShoeBox Recycling offers a convenient and rewarding opportunity like no other...Recycle Your Shoes, Find Your SoleMate. Just like the mystique and romance of the old 'message in a bottle,' ShoeBox Recycling has changed the vessel to be your gently used shoes. Our goal is to work with everyone to spread the word about shoe reuse, while making the world a little smaller, a little friendlier, and a little greener.
The program is elegantly simple. Girl Scout Troops sign up to collect gently used, re-wearable shoes. ShoeBox Recycling pays $0.50 for each pound of compliant shoes collected. ShoeBox Recycling provides boxes to fill and also covers all shipping costs. Every pair of shoes recycled will live happily on someone else's feet. In fact, one of the most exciting parts to this is the opportunity to meet your SoleMate, or the future owner of your shoes, by placing a SoleMate note securely inside the shoes you recycle.
Together, we're proving that "worn is not worn out" and that the world can be a smaller, friendlier and greener place.
Webpage Updated December 6, 2013