Service Project Opportunities
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|Current Service Area Needs:
|Ronald McDonald house
(located next to Children’s Hospital)
Great opportunities for girls to perform service projects at this location!
Contact: Becky Magnelli at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-246-1103.
Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Butler
Residents would love girls to do crafts, sing, Bingo, etc.
Contact: Phone: 724-282-1800
Butler County Humane Society
1015 Evans City Road
Renfrew, PA 16053
Contact: Meghan O’Mahoney, Volunteeer Services Coordinator
Mars Home for Youth
521 Route 228
Mars, PA 16046
North Way Food Pantry in Wexford, PA
Karen Rose, Manager Karenr@northway.org
|Gleaners Food Bank
Contact Linda Heery at email@example.com
c/o St. Peters Reformed Church
Yellow Ribbon Girl
1328 Woodside Ave.
Ellwood City, PA, 16117, USA
Light of Life Mission (supports homeless in the Pittsburgh community)
10 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Wreaths Across America
|What to do at Christmas time with your troops:
|Adopt a Resident at Concordia Lutheran Ministries: This organization strives to give at least one gift to each of the 400 plus residents in the Lund and Oertel Care Centers. Those interested in donating gifts or adopting a resident should call the Concordia Activities Department at 724-352-1571, ext 8241 or ext 8302.Wreaths Across America places wreaths on the graves of fallen service members and veterans across the nation. Visit https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/ for more information.
Bundle Up Butler collects coats, blankets, hats, gloves and other outerwear for those in need. You can contact them at 724-431-0095 or 724-287-5648.
Paul Laurence Dunbar Community Center hosts an annual Christmas party where donated gifts are distributed. New and gently used items are accepted. For more information, call 724-287-5648 or visitwww.dunbarcenter.org
Butler Lifesteps hosts a Spirit Tree that serves about 100 children each year. Wish lists are provided to donors and there is a special need for gifts for teenagers, especially girls. For information, call 724-283-1010 or visitwww.lifesteps.net
Toys for Tots accepts gifts for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 724-841-0431 or visit www.butlerpatoysfortots.org
Community Care Connections provides services to about 750 people in Butler County who are mentally or physically handicapped. It hosts a Caring Tree to fulfill the holiday wish lists of more than 50 families. Gifts for special needs children and adults are also accepted. For more information: 724-283-3198 or visit www.community-careconnect.org
Voice serves all active clients during the holiday season and hosts an Adopt a Family program. For more information, call 724-776-5910 or visit www.voiceforvictims.com
|Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Butler County hosts an annual Christmas party for children served by the program and their mentors. The agency accepts gifts for their more than 50 children. Contact: Corinne Coulson at 724-287-4733.
Catholic Charities assists 350 to 450 young people each season through its Angel Tree Program. The organization provides donors with a child’s name, age, gender and a wish list. They also have an “Adopt a Family” program which operates the same way. Toys, clothing, holiday meal ingredients are accepted. For more information: 724-287-4011 or visit www.ccpgh.org
Presents for Patients is a holiday program founded by St. Barnabas President William Day. The community can participate by adopting patients and visiting them during the holiday season. The campaign matches interested donors with a patient at a nearby nursing facility. Donors are then sent their patients information including their three gift wishes. Donors are asked to purchase at least one of those items. Volunteer hours are also appreciated. Call 724-444-5521 or visit www.presentsforpatients.com
Lighthouse Foundation coordinates a toy drive that benefits families served by its food bank. The program accepts gifts for newborns to 16 years old. For more information: 724-898-4673 or visit www.thelighthouseonline.net
Glade Run Lutheran Services provides Christmas gifts to more than 2,000 children and families each holiday season. The greatest need is for adolescent and young adult gifts. For more information: 724-452-4453, ext. 1277, visit www.gladerun.org or email cmartingladerun.org
Caps for Good – an exciting service learning project that aims to engage youth in the U.S. to help save the lives of nearly four million newborns in the developing world. Here is an article about a Girl Scout Troop that has already gotten involved- http://www.westport-news.com/default/article/Westport-Brownies-efforts-help-infants-in-828329.php
Caps for Good is a grassroots initiative led by Save the Children and the Warm Up America! Foundation that calls upon Americans of all ages to knit or crochet a cap to keep a new baby warm and help increase his or her chance of survival. This is part of Save the Children’s larger newborn and child survival campaign which aims to mobilize U.S. citizens to help reduce the number of newborn and child deaths that occur each year from preventable and treatable causes (www.GoodGoes.org).
The Caps for Good initiative offers a dynamic and tactile way for girls at any age to engage in a local project that has a global impact. As a Girl Scout troop leader or volunteer, your troop can participate by following the easy steps below that support the Girl Scout Leadership keys- Discover, Connect and Take Action.
Discover – Organize a troop meeting where girls can learn how to knit or crochet a baby cap and talk about how this project will make a difference in the lives of newborns around the world.
Connect – Encourage your troop to work together to complete their baby caps and to use this project to raise awareness in their school and community.
Take Action – Engage your troop in advocacy by having them send a letter to President Obama about their participation in Caps for Good.
To get started, visit www.GoodGoes.org/caps and view our action kit with information on how to make your cap and find more ways to get involved.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you have or if you would like to discuss how your troop will be participating: firstname.lastname@example.org
|OTHER GENERAL IDEAS
(Photo courtesy of Tabatha Mill)