Friendly Reminder: While Girl Scouts are encouraged to volunteer in their communities, they are not allowed to raise funds for other organizations.
Book Drive: Every year we receive many requests from our Learning Centers for library books that are needed for group reading. And we'd love to get friends of HOPE involved in helping us meet this need. (In fact, we appreciate all the Girl Scout troops who have helped out with previous projects over the last year....you've been wonderful!!!) If you have gently used, K-12 appropriate books, please bring them to the HOPE Online office (373 Inverness Parkway, Suite 205, Englewood) to be donated. If you know of anyone who is looking for a special project, perhaps a Girl Scout troop that needs a philanthropy or a Barnes and Noble store that is throwing out books, we would like to be the beneficiary. The purpose of this book drive is to place books into libraries of our Learning Centers. To learn more about HOPE, visit www.HOPEonline.org. Questions? Contact Melanie Stone, Director of Activities and Athletics, at 720-402-3016 or Melanie.Stone@HOPEonline.org
Volunteer with Family Promise: Family Promise is a homeless shelter for Denver-area families. We need volunteers every weekday night or weekend day to help serve meals to the families, participate in craft activity and just spend time with the children and parents transitioning out of homelessness. Please contact email@example.com to learn more and/or participate!
Clothing Drive/Fundraiser for your troop!: The Denver Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC) wants your troop to throw a clothing and shoe drive! By partnering with our organization; your small group can earn money by simply collecting gently worn clothes, shoes, backpacks, jackets and/or bedding. Not only is this an opportunity to help save the planet by keeping items out of the landfills, but it also an opportunity for your troop to raise money while helping our organization. For every pound of clothing collected (average bag of clothes is 35#s) we will offer 14 cents a pound (that’s approx $4.90 a bag!). So if 100 bags of clothes were collected, that would mean approx. $500 in fundraising dollars for your troop! If interested, please contact Pat Federico, Community Relations Consultant Denver Children's Advocacy Center, at pat@DenverCAC.org or 720-775-3485.
Visit Seniors at Emeritus at Roslyn: This opportunity is having Girl Scouts visit, read to and/or entertain our seniors at Emeritus at Roslyn. We are open to a variety of ideas. Please contact Darlene Winslet, Life Enrichment Coordinator of Skilled Nursing at 303-999-1968.
Tiny Free Library: In cooperation with the Colorado Reads Initiative, the Tiny Free Library is a community project seeking volunteers to build small hyper local libraries which will house books and serve as a free book exchange. This project aims to promote literacy to low income and homeless families and individuals. The libraries will be placed on the sites of organizations that provide services to low income and homeless families and individuals. We are seeking volunteers who can both supply materials, build the libraries, and place them at designated organization sites. We will need the tiny libraries filled with both children and adult books. Books do not need to be new, just in good condition. See the attached flier for more information.
Memory Bag Program: Lil Things For Lil Ts Friends is looking for volunteers to help with their memory bag program for pregnancy and infant loss. This program is best suited for high school aged girl scouts and adults. There is a need to create items (mostly handmade) to go in the bags, as well as helping putting the bags together. The keepsake memory bags will then be distributed through hospitals to those who have suffered the loss of a baby. They are based out of the Pikes Peak region, but the program can be done anywhere statewide. To volunteer, please contact Amy Kincaid at lilThingsForLilTsFriends@yahoo.com.
There are also education opportunities where young women can learn more about loss and how to handle a friend or loved one when this happens, so they can support others, or themselves, when they encounter it. Discussion would need to take place with leaders and parents as this is a tough subject to handle.
Household Items Drive and Volunteer Opportunities with Connections Delivery Service: Connections Delivery Service is a nonprofit organization providing outreach to low income women undergoing cancer treatment at Denver Health Hospital by delivering household and food items to our clients homes twice a month. We are always in need of donations of household items for our pantry, and CDS also has opportunities for delivery drivers at certain times of the year. Organizing a goods drive is an easy and rewarding way for your troop to help your local community. If you are interested, we will be happy to provide you with a list of household items to start your drive at your school or local grocery store. Please contact Katie Fosselius at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-319-1023 for further information.
Reading Partners - Elementary School Reading Tutoring: Reading Partners is a literacy non-profit that provides one-on-one tutoring services for children struggling with basic reading skills. By pairing students with a community mentor we are able to provide them with the attention and help they need to be stronger students and individuals. We have 11 centers located around the Denver-metro area, all with diverse schedules. This is a week day volunteer opportunity, and perfect for any troop looking for community service, badge-work, or potential Gold Award projects. Click on the title above for additional information and a list of participating schools. For more information, contact Susan Andersen at VolunteerCO@readingpartners.org or call (720) 965-0266.
ShoeBox Recycling - Looking for a fun service idea for your girls? ShoeBox Recycling works with individuals and groups to gather gently worn shoes for re-use. It can also be a money-earning activity for troops. Contact Sandy Newfield at ShoeBox Recycling - Sandy@shoeboxrecycling.com - 508-326-1877 or visit them online for more information about this opportunity - www.shoeboxrecycling.com
Audio Recording of Girl Scout Materials - Girl Scouts of Colorado is looking for volunteers, girls or adults, to help create audio recordings of the Girl Scout Program Materials for visually impaired Girl Scout members. If you are interested in this project, please email email@example.com.
Volunteer with RISE Early Literacy Program - Center for Hearing Speech and Language is a non-profit located in Denver, CO. One of the departments within the Center, called RISE, works with underprivileged toddlers to give them a chance at literacy. RISE is a free language and literacy program that supplements preschool curriculum working with children living in inner city public housing. We are looking for volunteers to help either leading the RISE sessions at the different sites as well as reading buddies to children ages 3-5 in our program. Please visit there website for more information http://www.chsl.org/rise.php.
Project C.U.R.E.: Kits for Kids - The Kits for Kids program supplies families in the developing world with common "medicine cabinet" items. Everyday supplies that we find in U.S. households like bar soap, antibiotic ointment, and bandages are very rarely found in clinics or homes in the developing world. You can send Kits for Kids to clinics and households all around the world in five easy steps:
1. Fill out the Kits for Kids Request Form (Click here to begin Step 1)
2. Donate your $5 per Kit for shipping and processing (Click here for Step 2). *Please select “Other” if you are donating a different amount than listed.
3. Fill bags: Please include ALL items listed on the website at http://www.projectcure.org/programs/kidskits.
4. Drop bags: Please take completed Kits for Kids to our Centennial warehouse at 10377 E. Geddes Ave, Ste. 200 Centennial, CO 80112
5. Track your Kit(s) by using the tag on the bags if you would like to find out where they go!
Here are more resources to help with your Kits for Kids Project:
1. Two Minute Kits for Kids Video! (Coming soon)
2. A manual with details about tying the project to the Girl Scout Global Action Award and specific drop off points for 2013-2014 in Colorado.
3. One Girl Scout’s Silver Award Project about why Kits for Kids is so important.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Inter-Faith Community Services - Inter-Faith Community Services provides basic human services and enrichment programs to low-income people using community resources. Inter-Faith fosters self-sufficiency and respects the dignity of each client. Inter-Faith serves the people of Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County. Our largest need at Inter-Faith is food, clothing and financial support. Volunteer opportunities at Inter-Faith Community Services are mainly focused on collecting donations for our client’s needs.
NONPROFIT FINDER - Looking for a kid or family-friendly service project at your favorite non-profit? Need to know who best to contact at your favorite organization? Here is a great resource from the Young Philanthropists Foundation that may help point you in the right direction. Also, are you curious about how best to create a meaningful service project? Here is a great brochure on the subject, also provided by YPF.