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Service is an important part of the Girl Scout philosophy, and all troops and groups are encouraged to seek out opportunities for service. Projects may involve helping other people, animals or our environment. It can be a fantastic opportunity for girls to make new acquaintances and to experience the wonderful world of giving.

Service should be a tradition for each of us in Girl Scouting, without need of reward. Girls should be encouraged to plan, promote and participate in service projects for the joy and satisfaction of helping others rather than to earn something for themselves.

Planning Your Own Service Project

Troops and group leaders, as well as individual girls and adults should feel free to use their local community contacts to design community service that is of interest to them. Please keep in mind the following questions when deciding on a community service project.

Does the project:

  • Provide service to someone in the community rather than to Girl Scouts?
  • Allow for girl involvement and responsibility both in planning and execution?
  • Offer opportunities for girls to get to know new people?
  • Provide for understanding the responsibility of citizenship?
  • Focus on the contemporary interests and concerns of young people?
  • Provide for an involvement with people of different backgrounds?

Council-Wide Service Projects

Each year, the council coordinates a variety of council-wide service projects open to troops and groups from throughout the council.

Greater Bay Area Service Projects

North Coast Area Service Projects

Redwoods Area Service Projects

More to come ...

North Central Area Service Projects

Habitat for Humanity - Shasta Cascade

More to come ...

African Library Project

The African Library Project (ALP) promotes literacy and education in sub-Sah
aran Africa through small library development in schools and villages without access to books. By sending culturally and developmentally appropriate books, including HIV/AIDS books written especially for African children, ALP works to change lives, book by book.

For more information about how your troop can start a library in Africa, please visit or email

My New Red Shoes

My New Red Shoes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps homeless and low-income children look and feel confident as they start the school year by providing them with new clothing and shoes.

Click on the links below to explore My New Red Shoes’ age-appropriate, meeting and Take Action kits designed specifically for each level of Girl Scouting to coincide with your troop’s badge and Leadership Journeys.

Daisy  Brownie  Junior  Cadette  Senior  Ambassador

APRIL SHOE DRIVE, learn more about donation requirements or click here to order shoes.

Decorate First Day Cards: Each gift bag we provide includes a hand-written card with an encouraging message for the homeless and low-income student recipient. Printable templates are available at

For more information about My New Red Shoes' volunteer opportunities, please visit or email


One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that assists in the donation of coats. One Warm Coat helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute them free, to people in need. The organization’s mission is to ensure that anyone who needs a coat has one. Providing this simple, yet vital, need helps people live productive lives year round.  

For more information on how to host your own coat drive, please click here. For a tax receipt for your donation click here. Lastly, click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

*Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2013 One Warm Coat event a huge success. we collected 5,514 coats. This is our largest collection yet.

SAVE THE DATE! Nov. 28, 2014

Sign-ups begin Sept. 1, 2014

More information to come Summer 2014.

Project Open Hand

Project Open Hand is a Bay Area organization that serves meals daily to over 2,000 clients with AIDS and HIV throughout San Francisco and the East Bay.

How Your Troop Can Participate
Your troop can make inspirational greeting cards, which will be included in clients’ daily meal packages to give them a special personal touch. Cards will be collected year round.

This is a fabulous Service Project to complete at any troop meeting!

Please mail your completed cards to:
POH in Alameda County
1921 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 622-0221

For more information on this Service Project, please download the Project Open Hand Information Sheet.

ShoeBox Recycling

We are proud to be partnering with ShoeBox Recycling to offer our supporters the opportunity to raise funds for Girl Scouts of Northern California in an environmentally friendly way. ShoeBox Recycling is a for profit recycler of shoes, that allows groups like ours to fundraise, while learning about diverse cultures, reuse, expanding our world, and hopefully connecting to our SoleMate, or the future owner of our shoes.

ShoeBox Recycling offers a convenient and rewarding opportunity like no other...Recycle Your Shoes, Find Your SoleMate. Just like the mystique and romance of the old 'message in a bottle,' ShoeBox Recycling has changed the vessel to be your gently used shoes. Our goal is to work with everyone to spread the word about shoe reuse, while making the world a little smaller, a little friendlier, and a little greener.

Watch this great video to learn more and ask your troop leader about starting ShoeBox Recycling today!     Please contact Sandy Newfield at ShoeBox Recycling – 508-326-1877


Webpage Updated December 6, 2013