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Community Service

Over the course of history, Community Service has been an integral part of the Girl Scout Experience.  The following are some organizations that may have community service opportunities for you or your troop. They are certainly not intended to be the only organizations for you to contact, and you are greatly encouraged to serve in your community in whatever way best suits your goals for making the world a better place.

What’s the difference between a “Community Service” project and a “Take Action” project? Click here to find out.

The Blood Center
Blood Buddies

Founded in 1960, The Blood Center serves as the lifesaving link between the donor and the patient. Blood is a vital medical component that cannot be manufactured. It is only through generous donors that blood is made available to patients in need.

Girl Scouts earn the Blood Buddies patch by: attending a presentation on blood facts, why people need blood; supporting the community blood supply by successfully recruiting two or more blood donors Blood Buddies are lifesavers.

To get involved in the Blood Buddies program contact: Paul Adams at blooddrive@thebloodcenter.org.

Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a non-profit organization helps military families by connecting them with their communities.  They have a program called Operation Honor Corps, which allows members of the community to pledge hours of service in honor of military members, their families, and veterans.  Troops or Service Units interested in participating in the program should visit their website at www.bluestarfam.org or contact Valerie Nicholas at vnicholas@bluestarfam.org or 214-538-6110.

Common Ground Relief Wetlands Restoration

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Common Ground Relief owns and operates a tree farm in the Lower Ninth Ward and conducts plantings of trees and marsh grasses for various state and federal agencies. Younger students can assist in seed propagation and butterfly garden care and older students can assist in potting saplings and nursery maintenance projects as half day service events.

Older Girl Scouts can assist them with full day projects that involve planting native marsh grasses and bottomland hardwood trees around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin and along the Gulf Coast. Many projects involve boating and canoeing. All Girl Scouts receive an orientation about coastal land loss geared to their specific age group. Visit their  wetlands page at www.commongroundrelief.org to preview videos.

When: Planting projects occur from mid-October through July. Contact them to schedule.
Time: Half or full day, Monday through Saturday
Where: 1800 Deslonde Street, New Orleans, LA
Fee: Contact them for details about planting projects
Capacity: 20
Registration Instructions: Email them at wetlands@commongroundrelief.org.

Goodwill Good Turn Day

Open to girls, grades K – 12
It’s time to do a good turn! Do your family members and neighbors have items collecting dust that might make someone happy to use in their own home? Then participate by collecting donated items and delivering them to Goodwill Collection Centers/Stores on Goodwill Good Turn Day  (found at www.goodwillno.org)! Participating Girl Scouts will receive a patch from the store at the time of the donation. Please be sure to contact Sabrina to let her know which store your will be participating in and how many patches you will need.

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Contact: Sabrina Written at 504-456-3926 or swritten@goodwillno.org for more information.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Beach Sweep

Open to girls, grades K – 12
LPBF’s Spring Sweep is another opportunity to help keep our lake and the surrounding area clean. It is a new, annual event that started due to the success of its fall Beach Sweep. Please come join them in the spring to cleanup around the lake. This cleanup will also be followed by a celebration picnic at the New Canal Lighthouse.

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: North and south shores of Lake Pontchartrain, with across the city sweeps of street curbs and storm drains.
Registration Instructions:  Contact Joann Haydel with Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Education Department at 504-836-2238 or joannh@saveourlake.org

Northlake Nature Center

Open to girls, grades 2 – 12
Located on 400 acres of ancient pines and hardwood forest, bounded on the west by Bayou Castine, crossed by a marsh and active beaver pond – teaming with native animal and plant life – the Northlake Nature Center is St. Tammany’s “Secret Garden” with endless possibilities for all girls! You can: adopt a trail to maintain throughout the year; adopt the wildflower garden to maintain throughout the year; adopt the front entrance garden to maintain throughout the year; adopt the herb garden to maintain throughout the year; plant potted tree seedlings throughout the community; plant tree seedlings in late January and early February; campaign to collect recyclable large round Weber grill lids for tree stones; make tree identification stones to mark the trails; assist with children’s nature art activity tents at “Wild Things” in mid October; assist with children’s nature art activity tents at “Three Rivers Art Festival” in mid November; prepare a campfire and host the marshmallow melt for the “Moonlight Hike and Marshmallow Melt” event(s)  in Fall and Spring on full moon evenings.

Where: Northlake Nature Center, 23135 Hwy. 190 East, Mandeville, LA 70448
Contact: Rue McNeill, Executive Director, Northlake Nature Center, at 985-626-1238 or info@northlakenaturec.org to coordinate desired dates and times.

Other Organizations

Each listing has a contact person that can provide you more information about their events.

American Cancer Society
Patricia Hebert
2605 River Rd.
New Orleans, LA 70121
504-833-4024

American Red Cross
Louisiana Capital Area Chapter

Barbara Bourgeois
4655 Sherwood Common Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
225-291-4533

 

American Red Cross
Southeast Louisiana Chapter
Lou Kennedy
300 Ashland Way
Madisonville, LA 70447
985-892-4317

 

 

Cancer Assoc. of Greater
New Orleans
Tammy Swindle
824 Elmwood Parkway STE 154
New Orleans, LA 70123
504-733-5539
tammy@cagno.org

 

 

American Diabetes Association
John Guzzardo
2424 Eden Board Ave. STE 660
Metairie, LA 70002
504-889-0278

 

 

American Lung Association of
Louisiana
Jo Ann Lovell
2325 Severn Ave. STE 8
Metairie, LA 70001
504-828-5864