Local Community Service (GBA)
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.EHC LifeBuildersHOPE Good Turn DaysSecond Harvest Food BankSew for LoveTo Kids From KidsTony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation Holiday Pet Food Drive
EHC LifeBuilders is passionately committed to ending homelessness by providing a wide variety of comprehensive solutions to help people overcome the obstacles in their lives. From shelter and long-term housing to homelessness prevention and supportive services, EHC LifeBuilders match people with the right kinds of opportunities for assistance to help them succeed.
Join us in our second annual Winter Warm-Up Drive to supporthomeless adults in Santa Clara County by providing the opportunity to keep warm this winter season.
Winter Warm-Up Drive - Jan 3 - Jan 31
- Girls collect adult size new socks and blankets.
- Deliver donations to the San Jose Girl Scout office or EHC LifeBuilders.
- Spread the word to those in your family, troop and community.
Join us for the 13th annual HOPE Good Turn Days service project. During the 2012 drive, we collected over 2,630 bags of used clothes. Thank you to the 105 Girl Scout troops who participated, including the 557 new participants and 228 continuing participants.
HOPE “Good Turn Days” - November 1-30, 2013
- Girls collect bags of clothing from family, friends, neighbors.
- Filled bags can be dropped of at any HOPE site.
- Troop leaders can also call Elizabeth at (408) 748-2874 if you prefer the bags picked up from your home.
- Girl Scouts receive a “HOPE Good Turn Days” patch for returning three or more filled bags.
HOPE is always accepting donations so please consider helping out through out the year.
When you donate used clothing and other household items during the HOPE Good Turn Days, it helps more than 3,000 persons with developmental disabilities at HOPE Services.
HOPE provides work training, job placement, supported living, developmental activities and more to children, adults and seniors in Santa Clara County and other Bay Area locations.
Thank you for supporting our annual food drive. Last year we collected 662 pounds of food through the collection at the San Jose Girl Scout office and 3,919 pounds of food at Winterfest. This year, Wintefest will kick off the food collection drive.
Canned food can be dropped of to the San Jose office between Dec 1 - Dec 10.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties has been providing services to the community since 1974. They are the single largest nonprofit provider of food to low-income households in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and the second largest food bank in the country.
The Food Bank needs nutritious, non-perishable foods:
- Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
- Tuna and canned meat
- Peanut butter
- Canned foods with pop-top lids
- Low-sugar cereals
- 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes
- Canned fruit packed in juice
- Canned vegetables (low salt)
Is a weekend long sewing marathon in February to create much-needed items for the community within Santa Clara County. Troops and individuals participate for a few hours or as long as they want to make as many tote bags, blankets, clothing, bedding, and toys as they can in one weekend. This event creates thousands of items to benefit many organizations serving the public.
How Your Troop Can Participate
No sewing skills required. Your troop can sign up for one sewing session, a few, a whole day or both days. This is for grades 7-12 and adults. Individuals welcome.
Since 1985, To Kids From Kids has reached out to at-risk children, ages newborn to 18 years old, by donating gifts for the winter holidays. Sponsored by Girl Scouts of Northern California, this holiday service project provides our girl members an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of their peers.
To Kids From Kids is normally held on the second Saturday of December; however, it is recommended you verify your county’s date by visiting the website’s county page. (See below.)
It is through a combined effort of Girl Scouts troops, youth groups, and the community that To Kids From Kids successfully hosts this holiday service project every year. The To Kids From Kids Team has worked with many other groups outside of Girl Scouts including church groups, local schools, Campfire USA, Boy Scouts, and Junior Girls and Ladies Auxiliary Unit 1205 (VFW).
To Kids From Kids could never accomplish such a task without their effort. After all, how can you host a toy project without toys?
Benefits for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Juliettes
- Educates the girls about community awareness,
- Improves the girls leadership and organization skills,
- Develops their ability to confront and problem solve,
- Gains their communication and presentation knowledge,
- Teaches about team building, goal setting and decision making,
- Applies hours towards their Service Bars,
- Helps earn part of their Girl Scout Awards.
Benefits for Girl Scout Daisy’s, Brownies, Juniors and Juliettes
- Introduces community awareness
- Team building, goal setting and decision making
- Deciding if they want to participate with the project
- Discussing how the troop will participate
- Designing gift tags, donating gifts, setting up drop box
- Opportunity for troops to learn about money management
New, non-violent, unwrapped toys and gifts for at-risk children newborn to 18 years old;
- Older Girl Scouts to assist on Distribution (packing) Day; and
- Adult Girl Scout volunteers to host this project in counties where vacant.
Toys and gifts have been collected and donated to To Kids From Kids by all levels. The following are only some of the activities Troops have done in the past:
- Hosted Service Unit events where a gift is the entrance fee
- Arranged Donation Drop Boxes in their neighborhood stores, banks, schools, work, etc. (Materials are available electronically upon request.)
- Adopted the 1993 Cadette Silver Award Project “Pennies from Heaven Jars” by collecting pocket change, counting and banking their money, deciding as a Troop what they would like to spend their money on, shop, and deliver their donations to the distribution site.
- Organized a fundraiser to raise money and purchase new gifts or toys. (Reminder: Please adhere to Girl Scouts of Northern California’s money earning guidelines.)
- Celebrated with a party! Troops have celebrated Juliette Low’s birthday with games, cake, and presents. In this case, the presents were their donation to To Kids From Kids. Some Troops have hosted tea parties.
Alameda, San Francisco and San Mateo counties will be operating this year (2013). To date the remaining counties are seeking someone to host the project. If you are interested in hosting To Kids From Kids in your county please contact the Project Coordinator (see below). Meanwhile, for your information, each county and the number of years they have been operating are shared below.
Alameda County: Tiffany Murphy, 1995-2004, 2006, 2012 to present
Contra Costa County: vacant, 2001-2004, 2007-2010
Marin County: vacant, 2003, 2006-2008
San Francisco County: Lannie Nguyen & Jennifer Norris, 1985 to present
San Mateo County: Christina Wegner, 1985 to present
Visit www.galarc.com/gs/tkfk for an overview of the project, additional information on participation, and county specifics.
November 29, 2013 to January 10, 2014
Help ARF fill bellies, warm hearts, and make spirits bright this holiday season. ARF is proud to partner with the Salvation Army for our 2013 Holiday Food Drive. All collected donations will be shared with local pet guardians to help them provide for their furry family members.
Any unopened, unexpired wet or dry cat and dog food is appreciated. Donations can be made at any of the listed drop-off locations.
Pet food donations are distributed through the Salvation Army’s Concord facility. To volunteer to help collect food during the drive, please contact email@example.com. If you need food, please contact the Salvation Army at 925-676-6180.
Drop off all pet food at ARF:
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation
2890 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
Donation drop-off hours:
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.
Check out ARF's website at http://arf.net/animal-programs/foodshare/holiday-drive.php or their scout only page at http://www.youth.arf.net/girlscouts for tips on how to host a successful drive.
Contact ARF at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
webpage updated Nov. 25, 2013