Local Community Service (GBA)
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.Annual Migrant Program Book DriveEHC LifeBuildersHOPE Good Turn DaysSecond Harvest Food BankSew for LoveTo Kids From KidsTony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation Holiday Pet Food Drive
Help support Girl Scout Migrant programs for girls ages 5-17 and their families by being part of our annual book drive. These books will help promote literacy, build community and make a difference in the lives of these girls and families.
Half Moon Bay School Year Program
This program serves girls through programming during school breaks and after school. Through a partnership with the Mid Peninsula Housing we are able to reach girl’s whose families work in agriculture on the Coast. Last year the girls were able to go on several different trips including bowling, Coyote Point, The Tech Museum and a Giant’s game. The older girls have started a book club on their own and are looking for sets of books for their club. If interested in sponsoring a book club set, please contact Bree Ponce, email@example.com
San Martin and Gilroy Summer Program
With a strong 20 year history, this program delivers 11 weeks of activities during the summer at three sites under the leadership of GSNC adult staff who are from the migrant community. The program seeks to develop positive peer and family relationships through literacy-based activities focused on conflict resolution, stress management, building healthy relationships, problem solving, diversity, and feelings. Parents also attend parenting classes and parent-child nights to increase healthy family communication.
Book Drive: April 15-30
Drop-Off: May 1-31
Convenient Drop-Off Locations Near You:
Girl Scout Office
1310 S. Bascom Ave,
San Jose 95128
|The Reading Bug||
785 Laurel St,
San Carlos 94070
80 East 2nd St,
Morgan Hill 95037
|Garlic City Books||
7490 Monterey St,
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.
Join us for the 12th annual HOPE Good Turn Days service project. During the 2010 drive, we collected over 2,630 bags of used clothes. Thank you to the 105 Girl Scout troops who participated, including the 557 new participants and 228 continuing participants.
HOPE “Good Turn Days” - November 1-30, 2012
- Girls collect bags of clothing from family, friends, neighbors.
- Filled bags can be dropped of at any HOPE site.
- Troop leaders can also call Elizabeth at (408) 748-2874 if you prefer the bags picked up from your home.
- Girl Scouts receive a “HOPE Good Turn Days” patch for returning three or more filled bags.
HOPE is always accepting donations so please consider helping out through out the year.
When you donate used clothing and other household items during the HOPE Good Turn Days, it helps more than 3,000 persons with developmental disabilities at HOPE Services.
HOPE provides work training, job placement, supported living, developmental activities and more to children, adults and seniors in Santa Clara County and other Bay Area locations.
Thank you for supporting our annual food drive. Last year we collected 662 pounds of food through the collection at the San Jose Girl Scout office and 3,919 pounds of food at Winterfest. This year, Wintefest will kick off the food collection drive.
Canned food can be dropped of to the San Jose office between Dec 1 - Dec 10.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties has been providing services to the community since 1974. They are the single largest nonprofit provider of food to low-income households in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and the second largest food bank in the country.
The Food Bank needs nutritious, non-perishable foods:
- Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
- Tuna and canned meat
- Peanut butter
- Canned foods with pop-top lids
- Low-sugar cereals
- 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes
- Canned fruit packed in juice
- Canned vegetables (low salt)
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.
Our Girl Scout holiday service project is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Northern California (GSNC). Since 1985, To Kids From Kids has reached out to children, newborn to 18 years old, who have been physically and/or emotionally abused or neglected. With the efforts of many volunteers, these children are ensured a gift during the winter holidays. The annual cycle of this project begins with girl training, builds with the collection of new, quality gifts and culminates in the project's packing day (Distribution Day).
All girls, all levels are welcome. Depending on the individual or troop involvement this service project can offer an array of benefits including: daily money management, team building, goal setting, decision-making, building on creativity, enhancing writing, cutting, and designing skills.
In addition to above, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts can also sign up to volunteer on the project's Distribution Day. Older girls are encouraged to take greater responsibility with each succeeding year. Older girls who take their role to a broader level are part of the "Team Coordinating Board" and can improve their leadership and organizational skills, develop the ability to confort and problem solve, and gain communication and presentation knowledge.
Projects can vary depending on whether or not a county chair has been secured. Ultimately, To Kids From Kids strides to ensure the project is hosted in its existing five counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo.
County Chair Opportunities
To Kids From Kids is a short-term project beginning October 1 to mid-December each year. Registered adult Girl Scouts volunteer to oversee the project in their county. Interested in hosting an existing project or beginning To Kids From Kids in your county, contact us.
Gifts to provide to the social workers for the children included on their caseload. Without the contributions received To Kids From Kids would clearly never exist. It is solely through individual and troop donations as well as arrangements for collection drop boxes that enable us to brighten the holidays for so many abused children.
November 23, 2012 to December 30, 2012
Collect food for pets whose guardians are going through tough economic times. Hungry dogs and cats will thank you! Wet or dry cat and dog food is needed, as long as it is unexpired and unopened.
Drop off all pet food at ARF:
2890 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
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/scouts for tips on how to host a successful drive.
Contact ARF at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Blue Star Moms
The Blue Star Moms are mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military. The Blue Star moms can use help with putting care packages together, they are always looking for donations for their care packages, writing letters and notes being encouraging and showing support, and cash donations. for more specific help and ideas, the troop or the girls can contact a local chapter of Blue Star Moms. They can find their local chapter by going on to http://www.bluestarmoms.org/