Service Projects

  • The Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table, initiative takes place on Monday, May 12th.  The Trust invites Girl Scout leaders to get involved in the conversation–a collaborative movement to re-imagine our region’s future and renew our commitment to the communities we share. For more information on how to get involved in this conversation, please visit OnTheTable2014.com, to register and learn more about the project.
  • The Village of Carol Stream invites volunteers (families and groups welcome!), to take part in their 16th Annual Pond and Stream Sweep on Saturday, May 17th, from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  For more information, please email here:  engineeringservices@carolstream.org.
  • Arden Courts, a memory care facility in Glen Ellyn, seeks Girl Scouts troops of 2-6, to interact with their residents, doing craft projects, singing or simple games.  For more information about how to get involved, please email mailto:605psc@hcr-manorcare.com
  • Chicago Clean and Green!  Saturday, April 19, 2014, the city of Chicago invites community groups to make a difference by volunteering time and efforts to take part in Chicago’s Citywide Clean and Green Day.  All you have to do is sign up and join a location close to you that really needs a good cleaning.  The City will work with you to provide brooms, rakes, shovels, bags, etc.  For more information, and to register to participate, call the City of Chicago at 3-1-1.
  • Bernie’s Book Bank-collect children’s books for at-risk children.  Books will be distributed throughout the Chicagoland area, and all Girl Scouts are invited to participate.  Help Bernie’s Book Bank reach their goal to collect, process and distribute 1.25 MILLION books in 2014!  For more information visit www.berniesbookbank.org.  For more information about volunteering, click here.  To set up a book drive, click here.
  • Operation Happy Sock is an all-volunteer non-profit project that takes unwanted socks and turns them in to catnip toys for homeless cats in animal shelters.  Girl Scouts can collect socks, make the toys and purchase an “Operation Happy Sock” patch.  For more information contact happysock@verizon.net.  An information kit is also available online at http://ohappysock.blogspot.com.
  • Snug Hugs for Kids is a community service project where Girl Scout troops can help less fortunate children in their community and earn a full-color badge.  Troops collect coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots, pants and sweaters that are new or like new; for children newborn to 18 years old.  For more information, contact pmcdowell@merlins.com, or visit the website.
  • New Life for Old Bags.  This is a service project that recycles plastic bags into sleeping mats for homeless folks.  There are many steps in the process and every level of Girl Scouts can help in some way.  Plastic bags are flattened, folded and cut into strips; then the strips are linked and rolled into “plarn” (plastic yarn), and the plarn is crocheted into mats.  This same process can be used to make other items as well.  Check out the website, www.newlifeforoldbags.org, for more information.  Girl Scout troops can help by collecting supplies, making mats, helping at work days the first Saturday of the month, and more.
  • Fly a Kite for Endangered Species Event.  Fly a Kite for Endangered Species is a new, one day event on the centenary of the death of the last passenger pigeon.  The event takes place this year on September 1, 2014.  For more information visit the Facebook page:  https://facebook.com/flyakiteforendageredspeciesevent.