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?
2014 - 2015 Community Service Projects
We have several new community service projects for the 2014-2015 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.
The two service projects are for girls of all ages and run from October 2014 to May 2015. Patches may be purchased at your local Trefoil Boutique for $1.25 each. Please include a description of your community service project.
Blankets for Comfort
Who: All Grade Levels
Date: October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015
Location: All Service Centers
Team with the Illinois CancerCare Foundation to provide comfort fleece blankets for cancer patients. The mission of Illinois CancerCare is to provide comprehensive, compassionate care that enhances the lives of patients and their families. Illinois CancerCare, P.C. is a comprehensive practice treating patients with cancer and blood diseases. Their focus is providing state-of-the-art treatments for their patients in the fight against these diseases while staying on the leading edge of breakthrough research and medicines. They are one of the largest private oncology practices in the nation, and they are proud to say they have helped countless individuals overcome this disease to live healthy, inspiring lives. The fleece blankets are given to cancer patients receiving treatment to help them keep warm and comfortable.
The blankets should consist of the following parameters:
• Material should be fleece
• The size should be 48 to 50 inches wide by 60 inches in length
• Use designs that relate to adults, either plain colors or designs for adults
Cause for Paws
Who: All grade levels and families
Date: October 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015
Location: All Service Centers
All living things need food, water, and shelter, including our four-legged friends. Meet new friends and make a difference at the local animal shelter, wildlife park, zoo, or veterinary clinic in your community by donating food, toys, and blankets or volunteering to feed, walk, water, or play with animals at a local shelter. Contribute your time and show animals you care.