Friendly Reminder: While Girl Scouts are encouraged to volunteer in their communities, they are not allowed to raise funds for other organizations.
HOPE Families in Need 2014: HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op is an online public charter school in Colorado which serves many at-risk kids. This holiday season we are providing gifts to families in our community in need. We are looking for Girl Scout troops/families interested in adopting a family and fulfilling their gift requests. We have a big need this year and are hoping the Girl Scouts can help us out! We are hoping to match families prior to Thanksgiving as the gifts need to be purchased and delivered to the families prior to the Christmas holiday. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Melanie.Stone@hopeonline.org ASAP. Thanks in advance for helping make the holidays brighter for families in need in our community!
Christmas Caroling: Volunteers and voices are needed this holiday season at Chelsea Place, an Anthem Memory Care community specializing in dementia and Alzheimer's care. We would love to have Girl Scout Troops come Christmas Caroling at our facility during the month of December. Chelsea Place is located at 14055 East Quincy Ave Aurora CO 80015. Please contact Mike Schmidt at MSchmidt@ChelseaPlaceMemoryCare.com to schedule the best time for all.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and/or participate! (MTS91614)
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. (MTS91214)
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. (SL082714)
The Teddy Bear Project - September 1 to November 21: The Child Rescue Foundation, Inc. is sponsoring their annual Teddy Bear Project. Area Girl Scouts have participated in this event for the past 13 years, helping to collect almost 100,000 plush animals (slightly loved or new) for kids in crisis. This program is virtual with troops signing up from Sept 1 through Nov 21 online at www.cr-foundation.org. Each troop collects plush animals, holds a tagging party naming the animals, and then delivers to a chosen site. For more information please email Joanne email@example.com or call 303-628-0477 Click here to view the flyer or sign up form. (SL72114)
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.
Denver CASA Blue Light Project: In connection with Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month (April), one of our partners, The Shops at Northfield Stapleton, would like Girl Scouts to help spread the word about Child Abuse Prevention Month. We are looking for Girl Scouts ages 7-12 to come on site to draw family images onto the buildings and pass blue ribbons out to shoppers. Date TBD, but if any troops are interested, please contact Julie Wilson: email@example.com.
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.
Build Bird Habitat Feeders with Brookdale Senior Living: Heritage Club of Aurora-Assisted Living with Brookdale Senior Living are creating campus wide bird habitats. We need Girl Scout Troops in our area that would like to team with us to build and install the birdhouses. We are also reaching out to some of the local hardware stores to see if they would be willing to donate supplies. If interested, please contact Frani Gains, Resident Program Coordinator, Heritage Club Aurora, Brookdale Senior Living, 1860 South Potomac St, Aurora, Co 80012 . E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone: 303-369-0736 X 219
Philippines Letter Project: Desperately-needed food, water, clothing and other supplies have been rushed to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. But as weeks turn into months, perhaps what the hundreds of thousands left homeless will need most is hope. “Rebirth for the Philippines” is a nationwide effort to make sure the Filipino people know they are not forgotten. Schools, churches, scout troops and other organizations as well as individuals can provide that hope simply by writing a letter sharing concern and encouragement. Children who can’t write can draw pictures. What is important is to do something to brighten the lives of the survivors, reassure them that they are not alone and that things will get better with time. Our goal is to collect a card or letter for every man, woman and child impacted by the typhoon. Letters can be mailed to: Project Rebirth, Rebirth for the Philippines, 41 Park Row, Room 308, New York, NY 10038
All letters will be shipped to the Philippines and distributed to Haiyan survivors. Please do not enclose cash or checks. Thank you in advance for your help! For more information, contact: Kathleen Koch, Project Rebirth Advisor for Disaster Preparedness & Recovery, at email@example.com or 212-346-1482
Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Troops needed to Adopt-a-Troop! We are looking for troops to provide at least 8 Girl Scout Troop meetings to elementary girls in need. If you are interested please contact Joy Henika Joy.Henika@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4850. Give back to girls who really need it! This project would help your troop earn the awards: Leader in action (LiA) or Volunteer-in-Training (VIT)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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.