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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.

EHC LifeBuilders
Hope Services
Second Harvest Food Bank
Sew for Love
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation Holiday Pet Food Drive

Click here for information about planning your own service project!

Click here for council-wide service projects!

EHC LifeBuilders 

EHC LifeBuilders is passionately committed to ending homelessness by providing a wide variety of comprehensive solutions to help people overcome the obstacles in their lives. From shelter and long-term housing to homelessness prevention and supportive services, EHC LifeBuilders match people with the right kinds of opportunities for assistance to help them succeed.

Join us in our second annual Winter Warm-Up Drive to supporthomeless adults in Santa Clara County by providing the opportunity to keep warm this winter season.

Winter Warm-Up Drive - Jan 3 - Jan 31

  • Girls collect adult size new socks and blankets.
  • Deliver donations to the San Jose Girl Scout office or EHC LifeBuilders.
  • Spread the word to those in your family, troop and community.

For more information about dates, drop-off locations and more click here for the Winter Warm-Up flyer. 

Hope Services

Hope's Donation Pickup Service provides free home pickups of clothing and household goods in Northern and Southern California (Los Angeles and Orange Counties). Donation items are then resold at our Hope Station store in Fremont (37482 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, Ca 94536), or at the chain of Savers thrift stores throughout California. Store proceeds directly benefit Hope clients with job training, job placement and independent living services. Your donation is tax deductible. Please call to schedule a home pickup or request other information:

Contact: pickups@hopeservices.org - (408) 748-2874 or toll free: 1-866-636-6283

For more information go to:http://www.hopeservices.org/donate.php

Second Harvest Food Bank

Volunteers represent an integral part of the success of Second Harvest's ability to help provide food to people in need in our community. Last year, volunteers contributed nearly 310,000 hours of service, which is equivalent to 149 full-time employees!

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties involves hundreds of volunteers each week in all aspects of our operation. We welcome and appreciate your time, talent, and interest for the benefit of others in our community. We have individual and group volunteer opportunities for those who are 14 years of age or older. Click here to learn more.

Sew For Love

Is a weekend long sewing marathon in February to create much-needed items for the community within Santa Clara County. Troops and individuals participate for a few hours or as long as they want to make as many tote bags, blankets, clothing, bedding, and toys as they can in one weekend. This event creates thousands of items to benefit many organizations serving the public.

How Your Troop Can Participate
No sewing skills required. Your troop can sign up for one sewing session, a few, a whole day or both days. This is for grades 7-12 and adults. Individuals welcome.

Click here for more information.

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Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation Holiday Pet Food Drive

November 29, 2013 to January 10, 2014

Help ARF fill bellies, warm hearts, and make spirits bright this holiday season. ARF is proud to partner with the Salvation Army for our 2013 Holiday Food Drive. All collected donations will be shared with local pet guardians to help them provide for their furry family members.

Any unopened, unexpired wet or dry cat and dog food is appreciated. Donations can be made at any of the listed drop-off locations.

Pet food donations are distributed through the Salvation Army’s Concord facility. To volunteer to help collect food during the drive, please contact holidayfoodshare@arf.net. If you need food, please contact the Salvation Army at 925-676-6180.

Drop off all pet food at ARF:
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation
2890 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek, CA

Donation drop-off hours:
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.

Check out ARF's website at http://arf.net/animal-programs/foodshare/holiday-drive.php or their scout only page at http://www.youth.arf.net/girlscouts for tips on how to host a successful drive.

Contact ARF at holidayfoodshare@arf.net with any questions.

Click here to view the flyer 

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webpage updated Jan. 13, 2014