Volunteer, Community Service and Take Action Ideas
There are many opportunities for Girl Scouts to connect to the community though Community Volunteering, completing a Community Service Project or completing a Take Action Project.
Service Unit 440 has ongoing opportunities for area troops to volunteer:
This holiday, consider the YWCA Giving Tree program - can be done as a troop, or you can team up with other troops!
Girl Scouts Western Washington has this great reference tool to define Bronze, Silver and Gold Award take action projects.
A volunteer is a person or troop who contributes their time, typically to a non-profit organization, without the expectation of compensation or any other thing of value in lieu of compensation.
A Community Service Project addresses an immediate need in the community. Although these projects address a need in the community, it is only for a short period of time so a considered short-term project.
A Take Action Project picks up from where a short-term Community Service Project leaves off. Take Action takes time for Girls to both identify and understand the root cause(s) of an issue they are addressing and making sure the project is sustainable with a measurable impact. Take Action projects can often be publicized to get people in the community to come out to support the cause. and they can even get community leaders involved!
Community Service Examples from Service Unit 440
Non-profit Organization Ideas - Organizations that our local Girl Scouts have supported in the past!
- Big Brothers and Sisters - the nation’s largest supported mentoring network matching adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 18.
- Cheerful Givers - provide toy-filled birthday gift bags to food shelves and shelters so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift.
- Child Haven - provides healing care to abused, neglected and chemically affected babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their families.
- City of Sammamish - multiple opportunities to support our local community.
- Clothes for Kids - provides clothing for thousands of students in a retail store environment free of charge where kids and teens can pick out their own clothes.
- Cocoon Housing - teen at risk/homelessness. Ensures that teens are met where they are, physically and emotionally, to ensure the best possible outcomes.
- ConKerr Cancer - (see Ryan's Case for Smiles)
- Cougar Mountain Zoo - focused on endangered species and education.
- Eastside Baby Corner - provide essentials to children through a provider partner network.
- Eastside Domestic Violence - see Lifewire
- Friends of Youth - Eastside overnight youth shelters, youth development initiatives, in-home family support for young parents of newborns, parent education, youth and family counseling, substance abuse counseling, therapeutic foster care, residential treatment and transitional housing for homeless young people and teen mothers.
- Friendship Adventures* - supports people with disabilities.
- Girls Giving Back - works in collaboration with King/Pierce/Snohomish non-profits emergency shelters focus on physical improvements inside shelters.
- Habitat for Humanity - vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
- Homeward Pet Adoption - Our mission is to give homeless animals a second chance through rescue, shelter and adoption. Woodenville, WA.
- Hopelink Emergency Feeding Services - works with community organizations to help those in crisis to meet their short-term nutritional needs.
- Hopelink Food Banks - Hopelink food banks offer food from every nutritional group, as well as baby items and personal care products. (Food banks are located in Bellevue, Kirkrland/Northshore, Redmond, Shoreline, Sno-Valley, Northlake)
- Hopelink Housing Services - works with community for eviction prevention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, etc. in most east King County areas.
- Humane Society - promotes the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need, regardless of age, ability, circumstance or geography.
- Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank - providing quality food, clothing and other items (diapers, toiletries, etc.) in additional to case management.
- Lifewire - empower survivors and families with skills, services and programs to end domestic violence and improve their lives
- Macaw Rescue and Sanctuary* - supports Bird Sanctuaries located in Carnation, WA.
- Mamma's Hands - help those in crisis regain their self-respect, and to provide them the support and direction through Phone Home and House of Hope.
- Mary’s Place Women's Shelter - a leading voice for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations. (Day shelters for homeless.)
- Meow - MEOW provides a safe haven and socialization as well as proper nutrition and a clean environment while the animals await adoptive homes.
- Operation Quiet Comfort - collect, package and ship supplies for U.S. Military men and women receiving care at medical facilities abroad.
- Save a Forgotten Equine* - horse rescues in Woodenville, WA.
- Seattle Area Feline Rescue - cat rescue in Shoreline, WA.
- Seattle Children’s Hospital - accept donations of toys, gift cards and other items help patients and families when they need it most.
- Sophia Way - help women transition from homelessness to stable independent living by offering them critical resources (shelters).
- Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank - provide food to Snoqualmie Valley neighbors. (one troop reported they collaborate with a pet organization.)
- St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle/King County* - support people in need.
- Terracycle - recycling programs.
U, V, W, Z, Y, Z's
- Valley Renewal Center - provide hot dinners and healthy breakfasts throughout the winter shelter season in Snoqualmie shelter.
- Vision House -provide transitional housing and services for homeless children and their families, and separately for homeless recovering men.
- Youthcare - self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing outreach, basic services, shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.
- YWCA - YWCA opens doors to opportunity and self-sufﬁciency for women and families including housing, emergency, employment and health.
- YWCA Family Village Redmond - Transitional housing and support services to help families leave homelessness and move into permanent housing.
- YWCA Family Village Issaquah - integrates affordable housing with services for the entire community.