Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Community Service has long been a major focus of Girl Scouts. To help you to find ways to make the world a better place, we have designed the Community Service page.
I Love My Park Day is a statewide event that improves and enhances New York’s parks and historic sites, bringing increased visibility to the entire park system. Volunteers will celebrate by cleaning up winter damage and other debris on park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.
Nearly 90 parks and historic sites will participate this year, from Montauk Point to Niagara Falls.
The annual event is sponsored jointly by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York.
Participating in I Love My Park Day is a great way to give back to these special places, and it is also a lot of
fun. Our parks offer the best of New York’s outdoor recreational opportunities, attract tourists who support local economies, and bring people together. I encourage everyone to come and lend a hand.
If you enjoy our state’s beautiful parks and historic sites throughout the year, Governor Cuomo invites
you to volunteer at the fourth annual I Love My Park Day on May 2 to help ensure that these sites remain among
the best in the nation.
Find out more on nysparks.com
Volunteers for Wildlife-Wildlife Hospital and Education Center in Locust Valley, NY
Volunteers for Wildlife is a non-profit wildlife center dedicated to the preservation wildlife and natural
habitats. Animal care volunteers care for resident education animals such as squirrels, opossums, turtles,
waterfowl, raptors and more! Responsibilities include cleaning, weighing, preparing food for and feeding animals.
Students also have the opportunity to independently complete sewing or building projects that can be donated to
the center to help care for wildlife patients such as baby squirrels and injured songbirds.
For more information on volunteering, visit the following link: http://volunteersforwildlife.org/get-involved-volunteer
Contact Alicia Grubessi, Volunteer Coordinator, with any questions at email@example.com
Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County, NY would like volunteers to prepare or buy lunches and deliver them to
Habitat for Humanity construction site volunteers. Many Girl Scout Troops have done this in the past and it have
been a great help to the Habitat for Humanity volunteers and was enjoyed by the Troops that participated.
Troops get to visit the construction site while delivering lunch, meet the crew volunteers and get a tour of the
building in progress from Tom, the Construction Manager.
All Girl Scout levels are welcome!
For more information please contact our Office Manager, Marilee Carey at (516) 627-6047.
Forgotten Friends mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and get cats and dogs ready for adoption;
saving the lives of innocent animals from euthanasia that are not adopted from the animal shelter.
The organization is looking for troops to supply food and toys for rescued animals and paper towels and hand soaps for the volunteers.
Forgotten Friends of Long Island is located at 4 East Village Green, Levittown, NY (right off of Jerusalem Avenue in the downstairs of the animal hospital). If you want to see the facility and animals you have to make appointment.
The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter offers FREE “behind the scenes” shelter tours to scouts, students and community groups. Visiting with our pets help keep them social, and therefore more adoptable. Meet our furry residents as you walk through our kennels and cat rooms and top-off your visit as you interact with our lovable therapy dogs. Your group will also learn pet safety, pet care and pet responsibility in a relaxed, fun setting.
Want to take you love of animals a step further?
The Town of Hempstead Animal shelter is always in need of donations. Before your visit, consider sponsoring a donations drive in your school or community and come bearing gifts for our furbabies!
For more information and to book your troop’s tour, please contact Michele Giuliano or Gelsy Freese at the Town Of Hempstead Animal Shelter at 516.785.5220
Like Us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/TOHAnimalShelter
Is having a Supermarket Bingo on April 24, 2015 and would like Girl Scouts
to collect can goods, or cleaning supplies for All About Cats.
All About Cats in Freeport, NY, is a unique adoption center and no kill rescue. We are a recognized 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit organization. Want to know more? Click on the links below to go to the All About Cats website
to find out about our rescue and how you can get involved www.AllAboutCats.org
If you need more information please contact
Cindy Roth, All About Cats
111 East Sunrise Highway, Freeport, NY 11520
Almost Home Shelter for Displaced Dogs and Cats
Do you love helping animals? Do you know there are many animals in need on Long Island?
Almost Home is looking for help collecting supplies for dogs and cats.
Almost Home is a volunteer-run shelter whose mission is to re-home unwanted and displaced dogs and cats as well as provide families with supplies, advice, and education to prevent animals from being abandoned.
Call 631.627.3665 to schedule a delivery directly to the shelter’s location in Bohemia or drop them off to the GSNC Service Center, to the attention of Eliza Zipper.
The Service Center is open Mon-Wed & Fri between 9am-5pm, Thursday between 9am-8pm, and Saturday between 10am-1pm.
Please note that the shelter works with specific types of dogs and cats, and needs specific items for those animals . The items below are currently in urgent need. To view a list of other items they can use, go to http://www.almosthomeli.org/wish_lists.
Urgently Needed Items:
• Large dog bones
• Large dog houses
• Cat Food - Wet and Dry
• 15ft or 20ft heavy duty cable tie outs
• Stakes for tie outs
• Bales of straw
The Engage Life Director at ATRIA in Glen Cove is looking for the girls to visit Atria and join in on a nostalgic
journey with the seniors. Each senior has received a copy of "Field Notes From An Adventurous Life- A Guided
Journal." In this journal are questions that help them fill out a memoir about their favorite times and their
memories of family and experiences Atria would love to have the girl scouts help out by interviewing some of the
residents via these journals and perhaps have the girls share some of their favorite memories as well. Also if the
girls are interested, they could be grouped up with one resident per girl and after they are done interviewing,
they can go around and have the girl scout share their partners info with the rest of the group, or they can make
stars with their favorite memories to post on a board together that we can display.
Here are some dates that may work best for the girl scouts to join our residents for an Intergenerational
Program here at the Atria.
They are as follows:
Sunday March 15th from 10am to 12pm
Saturday March 14th from 10am to 12pm
March 12th from 3-5:00pm
March 26th from 3-5:00pm
Engage Life Director
Atria Glen Cove
Visit With Local Residents
Do you love playing board games? Do you have a hobby or interest that you would like to share? AHRC Nassau is looking for Girl Scouts over the age of 16 to provide companionship for individuals in their residential program. AHRC Nassau is an agency that provides services and supports to adults with an intellectual disability. You could really make a difference! Contact Jerri Walker at 516-293-2016 x 5281 to get more information and to volunteer.
This is an activity that would qualify for the Community Service Bar.
Weekly Volunteer Opportunity for High School Girls
North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center needs volunteers to work with children's activity groups. Volunteers would assist children with arts and crafts projects, playing games, and learning social skills. Volunteers are needed at their Roslyn Heights location on Tuesday evenings, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Volunteers are also needed at their Westbury location on Wednesday evenings from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.
Questions? Contact Margo Posillico Messina LCSW-R at 516-626-1971, ext. 370
Note: This volunteer position is approved for the Senior and Ambassador "Community Service Bar".
Girls Needed to Volunteer at Local Nursing Home
Make the lives of others brighter and share special talents!! Intergenerational activities for the elderly!! These programs or visits can be ½ hour to 1 hour long.
Volunteer opportunities are also available for your Community Service Bar. Drop by to pick up an application from the receptionist. The programs include an orientation and volunteering for a minimum of 20 hours. These hours are available around the school schedule, evenings and weekends. The volunteers will assist directly with the recreation staff helping the residents maximize their participation during activities.
Please contact Karen Toback; Recreation Director at 516-719-9402
Sands Point Center For Health & Rehabilitation
1440 Port Washington Boulevard
Port Washington, NY 11050