Find businesses and organizations that welcome Girl Scouts for volunteer opportunities where they can perform service with the community.
Animal Humane Society
The Animal Humane Society welcomes Girl Scout troops to their shelter locations for tours and programs. Troops may also organize their own service project to benefit their local shelter. Visit their website to learn more about scout programs and service project ideas.
Great River Greening
Great River Greening leads and inspires community-based restoration of natural areas and open spaces. Take Action opportunities provided by Great River Greening tie into activities and themes found in the Girl Scout Journeys, especially the “It’s Your Planet–Love it!” Series.
Schedule a store tour with your local Goodwill! Have you ever wondered, “What happens to my donation after I drop it off?” Find out, by taking your troop’s community service experience further with a tour of a Goodwill store.
Call your local Goodwill store and speak with a store manager to schedule a 20-30 minute tour with your troop. During the tour, Girl Scouts will learn about the life of a donation as goods enter the donation center, get sorted, priced, merchandised on the sales floor, and are sold or salvaged.
HOME Program: Household & Outdoor Maintenance for Elderly
Girls can develop basic household and landscape maintenance skills while helping the Elderly stay in their homes. Volunteer activity varies by season. During the summer, the HOME program focuses on mowing, gardening, painting, landscaping, and minor repairs. When the leaves fall volunteers rake until the snow stays, and then shovel until spring. In the spring we rake and clean yards.
There are opportunities to assist year-round both indoors and outdoors, such as Friendly Visitor which features weekly meetings with a client to build a relationship. Brownies-Ambassadors can volunteer as an individual or as a Troop and work towards earning their Independence or Social Innovator badges and their Community Service Bar.
Contact HOME to arrange volunteer opportunities appropriate for your Troop by calling 952-767-7894 or emailing email@example.com. Visit their website at seniorcommunity.org for more details.
Loaves & Fishes
Practice healthy meal preparation for a great cause! Loaves & Fishes offers year round volunteer opportunities at our dining sites. Each of our sites offer free, nutritious meals to members of our communities in need. Volunteers are essential to daily operations and participate in preparation, serving and cleaning up.
Volunteers over the age of 16 can assist with meal preparation as well as serving and cleaning up. Girls 8 years of age and older are able to assist with serving and cleaning up. Each portion of the volunteer experience is 2-3 hours in length. Volunteers can sign up on a one time basis. Loaves & Fishes can source the food for the meal or teams can bring food to prepare. If teams prefer to provide the food, we ask the leader of the team to connect with our Site Coordinator to ensure menu standards. When volunteering, please consider a donation to help cover a portion of the cost of our meals. Girls can work towards earning Cook themed badges, Community Service Award and other seasonally available opportunities.
Operation Christmas Child
This holiday season, be a part of the world relief movement, Operation Christmas Child.
Daisies through Ambassadors have the opportunity to learn about life for children in other countries by creating, packing, and sending shoebox gifts to orphanages all over the world. These gifts include essential supplies—like school supplies, toiletries, and toys—that create smiles and brighten lives all around the world!
Girl Scouts often get involved through box packing partys and earn patches each year they participate. For more information, visit www.occtc.org or contact Luanne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-942-8624.
The Red Cross has developed several volunteer projects that would make good service work or take action projects for older girls.
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RCS Giving Garden
Work and learn in a Teaching Giving Garden! Volunteer groups of all ages can help with planting, weeding, construction of tomato cages, harvesting, and much more. The RCS Giving Garden is a 6,000 square foot fruit and vegetable garden. It has been around since 2009 and has donated over 17,000 pounds of fresh produce to the local food shelf, Valley Outreach! This opportunity can compliment any badge that involves nature, gardening, growing food, and giving to others in need.
Volunteers are generally scheduled from 9-11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings throughout the summer and early fall. Some groups come out once, others come out weekly.
STEM Bunnies gets kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math while playing with rabbits. STEM Bunnies seeks Cadettes, Ambassadors and Adults to volunteer each Spring to help with events including the Bunny Garden in Richfield, Berry Picking with the Bunnies in Hastings, and Bunny Boot Camp classes that are offered throughout the council area. This is a great opportunity for young ladies to build connections and references for their resume, especially if they are looking for hands-on experience with STEM education.
After learning the basics of animal care, girls get hands-on experience with the business side of this nonprofit organization and learn about angora textiles. STEM Bunnies also visits younger troops to help them with Pets and Animal Habitats badge requirements.
This volunteer opportunity helps Cadettes earn the following badges: Animal Helpers, Public Speaking, Entrepreneur, Marketing, and Business Plan. Seniors can earn Voice for Animals, Social Innovator, Business Etiquette, and Textile Designer badges.
Girl Scouts ages 8 and up, who are accompanied by adults, can volunteer to usher at SteppingStone Theatre’s main stage shows. As an usher, you will be responsible for greeting patrons as they enter the theatre, tearing ticket stubs, handing out programs, and directing to restrooms and drinking fountains. Explore quality youth performing arts while you build interpersonal skills and confidence.
Main stage performances occur at least 4 times a year for about a month at a time. Performances occur Friday nights, Saturday afternoons and Sunday afternoons. Each opportunity lasts approximately 2.5 hours. Ushers will have duties before and after each performance, and will be compensated for their time with free admission to the performance.