Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Community Service has long been a major focus of Girl Scouts. To help you to find ways to make the world a better place, we have designed the Community Service page.
This summer, Girl Scouts of Nassau County is challenging you to perform community service. Simply print a copy of the GSNC Summer Service Challenge Log and fill it in every time you take part in a community service activity. At the end of the summer, return the log to the GSNC Shop. Let’s see how many hours Girl Scouts of Nassau County can get towards the Summer Service Challenge.
The GSNC Summer Service Challenge patch will be available for purchase from the GSNC Shop mid-August for $1.50.
Kids Tools for School Supply Drive
The Girl Scouts of Nassau County have agreed to partner with Astoria Federal Savings’ 14th annual Kids Tools for School Drive. All troops are asked to donate some new school supplies for children in need. Many of these children live in shelters or homes where parents have very limited income. Some are too embarrassed to go to school the first day because they don’t even have pencils or notebooks.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Buy a minimum of $5 in school supplies. If this is a Troop donation, the minimum donation should be $40. Supplies must be brought in between August 1st to August 23rd to guarantee that they reach the children before school starts.
2. Bring supplies to any Astoria Federal Savings branch. To find a branch near you, click on www.astoriafederal.com or call 1-800-ASTORIA.
3. Ask the branch manager to sign your completed Kids Tools for School Drive form.
4. Bring the signed form to your Troop Leader. Troop Leaders or Scouts pick up their patches as of September 9th at the GSNC Council Service Center.*
Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts: Volunteer and Donation Ideas
As Girl Scouts in Nassau County, many of us and our sister Girl Scouts are feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy right here in our home towns. We thank our sister councils for their thoughts and prayers through this tough time and we continue to keep those affected in our hearts. Many of us are asking, “what can we do to help?”
First and foremost, check on the other Girl Scouts in your Troop and check on the other Girl Scouts in your Association. See if there is anything they need.
If you want to help those struggling to recover from this disaster:
Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort - Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Most Rev. William Murphy, bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, has launched a special Hurricane Sandy relief effort to assist those who have been left without basic provisions in the wake of the devastating storm.
There is an urgent need for the following items. These provisions include:
all non-perishable foods
diapers and baby wipes
basic toiletries and toilet paper
warm clothing and blankets
batteries, can openers, flashlights and towels
Those who are able are asked to bring these provisions as soon as possible to any parish in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and they will be then delivered to the areas that need them.
Girl Scouts of Nassau County is offering a Hurricane Sandy Relief Patch to girls and Troops who have dedicated their time and service to the Hurricane Relief effort. The cost of the patch is $2.50. All proceeds will be directed to our Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Please fill out the Hurricane Sandy Relief Patch Evaluation Form and bring it to the GSNC Shop when you purchase your patch/patches.
Visit With Local Residents
Do you love playing board games? Do you have a hobby or interest that you would like to share? AHRC Nassau is looking for Girl Scouts over the age of 16 to provide companionship for individuals in their residential program. AHRC Nassau is an agency that provides services and supports to adults with an intellectual disability. You could really make a difference! Contact Jerri Walker at 516-293-2016 x 5281 to get more information and to volunteer.
This is an activity that would qualify for the Community Service Bar.
Weekly Volunteer Opportunity for High School Girls
North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center needs volunteers to work with children's activity groups. Volunteers would assist children with arts and crafts projects, playing games, and learning social skills. Volunteers are needed at their Roslyn Heights location on Tuesday evenings, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Volunteers are also needed at their Westbury location on Wednesday evenings from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.
Questions? Contact Margo Posillico Messina LCSW-R at 516-626-1971, ext. 370
Note: This volunteer position is approved for the Senior and Ambassador "Community Service Bar".
Girls Needed to Volunteer at Local Nursing Home
Make the lives of others brighter and share special talents!!
Intergenerational activities for the elderly!! These programs or visits can be ½ hour to 1 hour long.
Volunteer opportunities are also available for your Community Service Bar. Drop by to pick up an application from the receptionist. The programs include an orientation and volunteering for a minimum of 20 hours. These hours are available around the school schedule, evenings and weekends. The volunteers will assist directly with the recreation staff helping the residents maximize their participation during activities.
Please contact Karen Toback; Recreation Director at 516-719-9402
Sands Point Center For Health & Rehabilitation
1440 Port Washington Boulevard
Port Washington, NY 11050
Playing Online to Feed the Hungry
Visit the website FreeRice.com to play an online knowledge challenge game, in a variety of subjects, from vocabulary to math to geography. For every correct answer, 10 grains of rice will be donated to the UN World Food Program. We know that Girl Scouts possess a plethora of erudition. Put it to good use.