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breast cancer bagsOver the course of history, Community Service has been an integral part of the Girl Scout Experience.  ”Take Action to make the world a better place” is the third key to Leadership. 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 take action in your community in whatever way best suits your goals for making the world a better place.

The Blood Center

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.

Troop members have the opportunity to learn about The Blood Center and the important role blood donors play in the community. Blood Buddies earn a patch by recruiting two or more eligible family members or friends to donate blood. Blood Buddies are lifesavers.

To get involved in the Blood Buddies program contact: Amanda Chittenden at achittenden@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.

Goodwill Good Turn Day

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana has been in partnership with the Girl Scouts for more than 50 years! “Girl Scout Good Turn Day” was originally called “Smile Week.” Each year Girl Scouts collected donations and delivered them to Goodwill Collection Centers/Stores. This year troops, groups and individuals will collect donations again and will deliver these goods at one of the listed Goodwill stores (found at www.goodwillno.org) on Goodwill Good Turn Day,usually held in March to coincide with International Women’s Day. Troops participating 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: TBA
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
Help keep our lake’s beaches clean by participating in this annual event. The cleanup will be followed by celebration picnics held in several areas. Girl Scouts are always a huge contributor to the annual beach sweep, so please come participate and help keep Pontchartrain Beach clean for everyone to enjoy year round!

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014
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 in addition to the usual beach sweep.
Registration InstructionsContact JoAnn Burke with The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Education Department at 504-836-2238 or joann@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 orinfo@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

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