Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Popular Community Service Ideas from Girl Scouts in Nassau County

"What you do for your family and your community, you do for the world, because the world is, after all, made up of families and communities like yours."
-Junior Girl Scout Handbook, 1963

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Part of making the world a better place is taking part in community service, after all, according to the Junior Girl Scout Handbook, 1963 Edition, “what you do for your family and your community, you do for the world.”

This summer, Girl Scouts of Nassau County is challenging you to perform community service with GSNC’s Summer Service Challenge. But, what types of community service are out there for you to do?  Try some of these popular community service ideas that other troops in Nassau County have enjoyed.
  • Beach Clean Up- Just picture it, your Girl Scout Troop is at the beach flying kites, when all of a sudden, someone steps on a half eaten sandwich… how much fun is that? Nassau County is surrounded by beaches... why not keep them clean from trash so we can enjoy them for many more years to come?
  • Habitat for Humanity- Older Girl Scouts from West Hempstead and Franklin Square helped with grouting and painting at a Habitat for Humanity home, while younger Girl Scouts made snacks for the Habitat for Humanity Volunteers. 
  • Book/Clothing/Food Collections- Many towns in Nassau County have food pantries which are always looking to fill their shelves with non-perishable foods. Collect non-perishable foods and bring them to your local food pantry. Visit http://www.foodpantries.org/st/new_york for a listing of food pantries in New York. Do you have a passion for reading or fashion? You could try collecting books or clothing. There are endless possibilities in collections. In fact, Astoria Federal Savings is collecting new school supplies for children in need with their Annual Kids Tools for School Supply Drive.
  • Adopt-a-Grandparent- Spend time at a local senior center playing games, talking with people or singing songs and providing entertainment.  Play games with the elderly and listen to the years of wisdom and stories they have to share. You may hear stories from times and events which are now in our history books.   

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