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Community Service Projects

Community service projects are wonderful opportunities for girls to give back to their communities. Each year GSCI sponsors service projects which girls may participate in individually or with a troop. Past council-sponsored service projects have included serving the hungry, collecting hats and mittens for children, and volunteering at local animal shelters.

Girls and troops are also encouraged to initiate their own community service projects by exploring opportunities to meet needs they see in their own communities. In Girl Scouts of Central Illinois alone we have over 21,000 girl members. Imagine if each one of them touched the life of one person in need – that’s the power of numbers to make a difference in our communities! If your troop participates in its own community service project or you know of a troop that does, we’d love to hear about it! What did the troop do? Whom did they serve? How did their actions serve their local community?

2015 Community Service Projects

We have two new community service projects for the 2015 year. If you have further questions regarding GSCI community service projects, or to let us know about a community service project your troop initiated, contact Lisa Sons, Program Specialist, at (888) 623-1327 ext. 1702.


Blessing Bags

Who: All Grade Levels
Date: March 2015 - September 2015
Location: All Service Centers

Each and every life on Earth is precious, and a kind word or act can help us through the rough spots we all face. Have you ever noticed someone in need, but you didn’t know how to help? Make a blessing bag to drop off at your local homeless shelter or to pass out with your adult (always keeping safety in mind). To make a blessing bag:

  1. Pick a colorful bag with a zipper.
  2. Attach a bright and cheery note.
  3. Add the following to the bag: can of soup and can opener, granola bar, beef jerky, bottle of water or juice, mini bag of trail mix, etc. OR Make it a bathroom kit/blessing bag and add the following: bar of soap, mini deodorant, travel size shampoo and conditioner, travel toothbrush and toothpaste, washcloth, and hand towel.

Community Service Form

Survival Kits for Our Heroes

Who: All Grade Levels
Date: March 2015 - September 2015
Location: All Service Centers

How many of you know a nurse or a doctor in a hospital, a police officer on the streets, a firefighter, or your neighborhood EMT or paramedic? They put their lives in danger each and every day in order to help others and keep our world safe from danger. Show your appreciation by making fun “You’re My Hero” survival kits to give to your local police station, fire/ ambulance department, hospital ER, or any other place you want to show gratitude! Decorate a fun paper bag and insert the list of items below (or make up a few of your own), type out the list with some fun clip art or stickers, attach to the front of the bag, fold down the top, hole punch, and attach a ribbon. Have fun showing your appreciation and gratitude!

Lifesaver: To remind you of the many times you’ve been one.
Starburst: For that burst of energy you’ll need.
PayDay: Because you’re not doing it for the money.
Paper clip: To help hold it all together.
Hershey Kisses: Because you deserve them from all.
Gum: To help your unit to stick together.
Tootsie Roll: To help you roll with the punches.
Peppermint Patty: To help you keep your cool.
Snickers: To remind you to keep your sense of humor.
Mounds: For the “mounds” of courage you need.

Community Service Form