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    March 05, 2016
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    Community Service

    breast cancer bagsOver 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 take action 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

    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

    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 or contact Valerie Nicholas at or 214-538-6110.

    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! 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: TBA
    Contact: Sabrina Written at 504-456-3926 or 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 19, 2015
    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 Haydel with The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Education Department at 504-836-2238 or

    Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Spring 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: March 2016 TBA
    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

    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 o 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
    American Red Cross
    Louisiana Capital Area Chapter

    Barbara Bourgeois
    4655 Sherwood Common Blvd.
    Baton Rouge, LA 70816

    American Red Cross
    Southeast Louisiana Chapter
    Lou Kennedy
    300 Ashland Way
    Madisonville, LA 70447

    Cancer Assoc. of Greater
    New Orleans
    Tammy Swindle
    824 Elmwood Parkway STE 154
    New Orleans, LA 70123

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

    American Lung Association of
    Jo Ann Lovell
    2325 Severn Ave. STE 8
    Metairie, LA 70001

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