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
GSNC Summer Service Challenge
This summer, Girl Scouts of Nassau County is challenging you to perform community service. Simply print a copy of the GSNC Summer Service Challenge Log and fill it in every time you take part in a community service activity. At the end of the summer, return the log to the GSNC Shop. Let’s see how many hours Girl Scouts of Nassau County can get towards the Summer Service Challenge.
The GSNC Summer Service Challenge patch will be available for purchase from the GSNC Shop mid-August for $1.50.
B.R.A.: the Bra Recycling Agency
Are you interested in saving the planet? Is recycling important to you? Then you may be interested in B.R.A., the bra recycling agency, a green initiative that recycles bras into red carpet cushion.
B.R.A. was founded by Kathleen Kirkwood. Kathleen, a former Ford model, who began her entrepreneurial career in 1983 by designing the original clip-on shoulder pad, Pints of Pads. When Oprah called to have her
discuss women in business, her sales of Pints of Pads went soaring. A short time later, QVC TV discovered her. Kathleen boasts a 17 year track record of growth, new products and millions of fans. She took her business savvy and started B.R.A.
to help save the planet and by working withB.R.A., you can too.
If you or your troop is interested in becoming involved with B.R.A. B.R.A. developed a bra recycling kit that girls can access through the B.R.A. website at www.brarecyclingagency.com/girlscouts.html
The kit outlines 5 steps to create a recycling event. The troop can earn 10% from the money taken in from the event.
Contact Kathleen Kirkwood through the B.R.A. website.
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
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