Community Service is inherent in the Girl Scout Promise and Law and is given without expectation of payment or reward. Girls at all grade levels of Girl Scouting take part in service activities or projects. Giving girls a chance to take action on issues that they feel strongly about helps girls develop courage, confidence and character. We regularly hear of individual girls or a troop that has done a community service project that is out of the ordinary or has made a great impact on the girls or the community. We would like to highlight a few of the projects we hear about that are out of the ordinary. If your troop has completed a service project that you would like to tell us about send an email with photos and a brief summary to the attention of Sherry McMaster at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are submitting a photo, we must have a photo release from all of the persons in the photo. To download the Photo Release for Minors and Photo Release for Adults, click on the Resources tab on the left and then click on GSCC Forms. We will use these in Citrus Council Chatter or on the website as space permits.
Community Service Projects
Community Covenant Project — The Community Covenant is a promise Girl Scouts of Citrus Council is making to demonstrate ongoing support to our military service members and their families. The Community Covenant Program Guide helps guide our girls and adult volunteers through participation in our signature service project.
Governor’s Serve to Preserve Girl Scout Award — The purpose of this award is to promote conservation and volunteerism. There are program activities for all age levels. Click Serve to Preserve for the details.
Florida Wildlife Hospital — You can help the Florida Wildlife Hospital by collecting and donating items for its wish list. Some of those items are: Paper Towls, Laundry detergent (any kind), bleach (unscented), trash bags (plastic 33 or 39 gallon), kleenex (unscented), antibacterial hand soap, latex gloves, flannel baby reveiving blankets, copy paper (white and colors), heating pads (not automatic shut-off) to keep the babies warm, 2 1/2 lb. paper food trays (you can find these at Sam’s Club), distilled water, ziplock bags (quart, gallon and 2 gallon sizes – regular or freezer), garden hoses (heavy duty), spray nozzles for garden hoses, stamps (regular or post card). Visit Florida Wildlife Hospital’s web site for more information: www.floridawildlifehospital.org.
Orlando Cares — Mayor Buddy Dyer has challenged our community to bring on 1,000 new Orlando Cares volunteers by June 2012 for our six service initiatives. Volunteer opportunities are available such as becoming a Ready Reader, Mentor, gardening with children, reading a Book Club, acting as a Career Coach and many more. Click Orlando cares for the volunteer training information to view and share with family, friends and colleagues. Learn more about Orlando Cares at www.orlandocares.net or feel free to call Coordinator, Andrea Hendryus at 407-246- 3507.
Come Play in the Butterfly Garden — All age Girl Scouts welcome. Kelly had been in Girl Scouting for over 8 years and cherished her wonderful experiences in Scouting and had a passion for working with plants. That is why she chose to do her Silver Award project on the Butterfly Gardens at Mah-Kah-Wee Program Center. She loved developing and working with the two Butterfly Gardens and hopes you will also. The gardens need attention in order to thrive. Visit the Butterfly Gardens to see the beautiful butterflies and have fun when you are at Mah-Kah-Wee. While you are there, take time to weed, water, plant a new plant or put in a new stepping stone. You might want to put your troop trade mark on it so that everyone knows you were there. Contact the Head Ranger at Mah-Kah-Wee if you would like to help with the Butterfly Gardens.
The Family Renew Community in Holly Hill needs help helping homeless families with children. Help is needed with service projects, computers, crafts, art, music, homework, reading groups, playtime with toddlers, quilting, genealogy and more. Please call Claris MacKie at 386-239-0861 for more information or to volunteer.