5 Easy At-Home Community Service Ideas for Girl Scouts
As Girl Scouts, we know the importance of supporting our local community. When girls are empowered to connect with those around them, they begin to realize that they can make a difference, and a community service project is a great way to get started. When it comes to at-home community service projects all you need is an idea. Not sure of where to get started? Here are a few community service projects your girls can work on from the comfort of their couch.
Words of Caring
You can write letters, make cards, or send postcards to those that need a little pick me up! Some ideas of places to send words of care are:
· Senior citizens living in care facilities
· Military members that are far from home
· Girl’s family members who could use a pick me up
· Teachers at the school where your troop normally meets
· Children who are in the hospital.
· First responders who are combating coronavirus
You can send as many letters/cards as you would like, making this a great opportunity for a girl’s siblings or family to be included in the project.
Blankets and Scarves
Along with helping those who may need a pick me up, don’t forget about those in our communities whose lives could be improved by something as easy as a homemade object. “Tied” blankets and scarves are easy for girls of all ages to make, especially while at home! Grab your loved ones, a few yarn options, and complete this project in one evening! Just think about how wonderful it would be to know you helped keep someone warm this winter. Donate your homemade objects to clothing banks, local chapters, and more!
Pet Toys and Bedding
An unfortunate side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is the number of pets at local shelters has increased significantly. This means caring for animals of all kinds are stretching local shelters and rescues resources thinly. Consider having girls spread the word and collect pet food using front door drop off. Girls can also create blankets, pet beds, pet collars, and pet toys to donate to local shelters.
Now more than ever, we need to be encouraging compassion and kindness. Helping girls understand that although we are all experiencing the pandemic, how that looks and feels is different for everyone. Work with a local coffee shop or meal delivery service to create “kindness hearts” out of paper and write inspiring messages on them. Your handwritten messages can be included inside delivery bags or on cups. Did you know that small acts of kindness would make a huge difference in someone’s day?
Create a Virtual Senior Center Experience
Contact the local senior center, nursing home, or assisted living facility (or reach out to your city or county’s mutual aid society) to see if you can help senior citizens feel less isolated through video chats. Older girls can create senior interviews to learn about their lives and write biographies on their lives. Girls can hold fun events like a show-and-tell, lead games, or sing songs for them as a troop. Younger girls could even host virtual puppet shows! Even at home, we can all make an impact on those around us. These community service projects may seem small, but the joy, kindness, and connection your girls can bring ripples outward to the whole community. What service projects is your troop doing, or what have you already done? Let us know in the comments!
What to do next:
· Let your Girl Scouts lead a community service event and learn leadership skills and critical thinking.
· Check out these amazing community organizations (and GSSOAZ partners) to learn about the volunteer opportunities they offer for Girl Scouts.
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