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Community Service Activities

Community Service Activities

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.


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)


Snow Busters: Make a difference in the life of an elderly person or a person with disabilities who needs a little help with shoveling after a snowfall.  All you need is a shovel and the willingness to help.  The Aurora Volunteer Center pairs Snow Busters volunteers with people who live near them, have limited financial resources, and are elderly or have disabilities.   For more information, call 303-739-7759, contact the Aurora Volunteer Center at severett@auroragov.org or visit https://www.auroragov.org/LivingHere/GivingBack/SnowBusters/index.htm.  Minimum age to volunteer is 14.


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.