Service Projects

  •  People’s Resource Center in Wheaton is looking for individuals or groups of 10 or less to volunteer Saturday mornings at their food pantry.  Troops are also encouraged to start a food drive or collection.  For more information, please contact Lucinda, LPage@peoplesrc.org.
  • Lakeview Rehab and Nursing Center in Chicago is looking for volunteer groups to help with a gardening project.  Girls of any age are welcome to contact Lakeview to get involved with arranging flower beds with residents.  Contact Marisol at 773-348-4055, ext. 148 for more information.
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank has a variety of volunteer projects suitable for Girl Scouts:  volunteering (age 8 and older), educational classes, hosting events and coordinating food drives.  For more information about their programs, contact Jennifer Orlando, jorlando@northernillinoisfoodbank.org.
  • Golden Living Center in Merrillville, Indiana, has many opportunities for Girl Scouts to get involved with their residents.  Please contact Stacey Hinko for more information, 219-736-1310, ext. 242.
  • 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
  • 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.