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Community Service Activities

Community Service Activities

Visiting 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.


Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive - CASA of Mesa County - August 22nd to October

We are hosting a shoe drive for kids in foster care. We will start the shoe drive on August 22 (National Be an Angel Day) and run it through September and October. We will drop off the shoes to the Foster Care program on October 26th (National Make a Difference Day). We are looking for troops who would like to help set up drop off locations and help collect donations of NEW shoes. We would love to have several girl scout troops be involved in the media coverage when we kick off the shoe drive, and also when we deliver the shoes to the Foster Care program. We believe this is a great promotional opportunity for the Girl Scouts.  We also believe if Girl Scouts are involved it will draw more attention to the Shoe Drive. 

Call Janet Rowland 242-4191 or email janet@casamc.org if your troop is interested in this project.


The Teddy Bear Project - September 1 to November 21

The Girl Scouts have participated in this event for 13 years, COLLECTING ALMOST 1000,ooo plush animals that are slightly loved to new for kids in crisis.This program is virtual with troops signing up form Sept 1 through Nov 21 online at www.cr-foundation.org. Each troop collects, has a tagging party naming the bears, and delivers to a chosen site.  For more information please email Joanne childrescue97984@aol.com or call 303-628-0477  Click here to view the flyer or sign up form.


Evergreen Walk for Wilderness - September 6th 2014

This is a walk in Evergreen to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act. Starts in Bergen Park on the Pioneer Trail and ends at the Evergreen Lake House on Sept 6, 2014. We would like to involve youth in the program. We expect around 350 walkers and need help at water stations, registration, start line, finish line, helping at the Lake House.  Girls will receive a free t-shirt. A required volunteer orientation is set for August 23 at the Evergreen Fire and Rescue Auditorium 10-12noon.  For more information please email bentnbowedranch@yahoo.com or call 720-879-7887


Volunteer Opportunity - 1st Annual Star Spangled Splash July 4th 2014

This is the family 4th of July event at the Reservoir. There will be activities, food, and entertainment. We would like the girl scouts to run out rental beach with the canoes and kayaks to inform patrons how to use them and keep the beach neat. Please contact Natalie Rigoni at the Boulder Reservoir at (303) 441-3463 or at RigoniN@bouldercolorado.gov


Volunteer Opportunity - Organize the Dream Closet at HOPE: Annually HOPE Online Learning Academy, which is a charter school in Colorado that serves at-risk youth, organizes a back-to-school clothing bank to assist their families who may be homeless or struggling financially. The clothing bank is in a warehouse in Aurora near Children's Hospital Colorado. This summer between mid-July and mid-August we are looking for Girl Scout groups who would like to volunteer to help us organize the clothing we've collected to give away at the end of August to our families. We are willing to work with your schedule if you are able to donate a few hours to us! If you are interested, or need more information, please contact Melanie Stone at HOPE. She can be reached at melanie.stone@hopeonline.org or 303-727-0315.


Relay for Life Events: Volunteers are needed for Relay For Life events in your area! Relay for Life brings communities across the globe together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Events are usually overnight, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

Here are the upcoming RFL events in the Denver/Boulder area:
Arvada/Westminster       August 1-2
Aurora                             August 1-2
Boulder                           July 25-26
Brighton                          June 20-21
Broomfield                      June 6-7
Carbon Valley                 July 12-13
Centennial                      June 20-21
Conifer/Evergreen          June 6-7        
CU                                  April 25-26
DU                                  May 2-3
East Boulder County      August 2-3
Erie                                 June 7-8
Glendale                         August 8-9
Golden/ Lakewood         June 20-21
Grandview HS                April 26
Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree July 25-26
Keenesburg                    June 7-8
Littleton HS Event          May 17
Littleton Community       August 1-2
Longmont                       June 13-14                   
Parker                            July 12-13
Regis University             April 4
Stapleton                        August 9
School of Mines             April 25
Thornton                        July 26-27
Washington Park           July 18-19
Webster Lake/Northglenn  September 6-7

To register as a participant or volunteer, please visit their website: http://www.relayforlife.org/getinvolved/signupvolunteer/index or call 720-524-5414. Council Reminder: Girl Scouts can volunteer their time, but they cannot raise funds for other organizations.


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.


Volunteers Needed for Wildflower Seed Packaging: The City of Ft. Collins Natural Areas are seeking volunteers for help packaging wildflower seeds. These packets will be free to the public. GS Volunteer, Jane Thayer, would be happy to spend an evening with a troop helping with this project, including picking up materials if need be. She may be reached at jthayer@fcgov.com.

Materials can be picked up at the NIX office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd., Ft. Collins, CO 80524. Please contact Sue Schafer for more information at sschafer@fcgov.com or (970) 416-2815.


Volunteers Needed for Garden In a Box: Looking for a fun way to lend a hand to water conservation in Colorado? The Center for Resource Conservation, a 501c3 nonprofit, is seeking volunteers for its annual Garden In A Box pick-ups throughout the month of May and first week of June. The Garden In A Box program aims to simplify water-wise gardening by providing professional “plant-by-number” designs, a selection of xeriscape plants, and planting and care instructions all below retail costs. Additional information about the program can be found at http://www.gardeninaboxco.org/. Volunteers will assist with setting up for order pick-up events at various Front Range locations, providing assistance to customers in locating and carrying orders to their vehicles, helping with clean-up after the pick-up, and organizing Garden In A Box kits prior to pick-up events. We are looking for 5-10 volunteers per shift; both individuals and volunteer groups are encouraged to sign up. Please note that volunteers will be on their feet all day, will be exposed to whatever weather the day offers, and duties include bending over as well as lifting loads of up to 30 lbs. For specific date/location information or additional questions, please contact Tracy Smith at tsmith@conservationcenter.org. We look forward to working with you!


Volunteer in the Garden for The Eating Disorder Foundation: Located at 1901 E. 20th Ave Denver, CO 80205, The Eating Disorder Foundation has a beautiful garden which we begin to cultivate during the Spring. We would love to have girl scouts volunteer to help us with planning, prepping, and planting of our garden. Through this service, you can work to earn your gardening badge. Please contact Aryn Bartman at abartman@eatingdisorderfoundation.org or 303-322-3373 if interested.


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 kfosselius@yahoo.com 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: jwilson@denvercasa.org.


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: agains@brookdaleliving.com 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 kathleen.koch@projectrebirth.org 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)


Family Study: CSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies is seeking volunteers for a new study investigating the importance of family relationships for teen’s health, in the hopes of supporting optimal adolescent development. You are eligible to participate in this study if your family:

* Has two parents (married or living together) in the home, AND
* Your family has at least one child between 10 and 14 years of age, AND
* Your family is willing and able to travel to CSU's campus for one, two-hour meeting

This community service activity will allow girls to give back by participating in science to help us learn about how to promote optimal teen development. In addition, it will help girls learn about social science methods. Girls and families are welcome to copies of the results if they are interested. If you and your family participate, you can earn up to $80. For more information, call (970)491-5129 or email chhs-hdfs_Family_lab@mail.colostate.edu. Please call or email with any questions – we really want to learn about families just like yours!

Primary investigator: Dr. Rachel Lucas-Thompson; study title: Family Relationships in Early Adolescence. This study (protocol id: 13-4095H) has been approved by the CSU IRB.


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 pathways@gscolorado.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 and can make a world of difference.  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. Gather people: This might be your troop or anyone else who might want to take part in the program
3. Gather stuff: Collect at least 10 items from the Kits for Kids list on the website http://www.projectcure.org/programs/kidskits
4. Fill bags: Please include your name card and $5 donation in each Kit
5. Drop bags: Please take completed Kits for Kids to our Centennial warehouse at 10377 E. Geddes Ave, Ste. 200 Centennial, CO 80112

Here are more resources to help with your Kits for Kids Project:

1. 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.
2. One Girl Scout’s Silver Award Project about why Kits for Kids is so important.
3. More tips from a Girl Scout about how to have a successful Kit for Kids experience.

No time?: If you would like to make a direct donation to the program text kidskits to 20222

For more information, please email Megan at meganprentice@projectcure.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.