- Volunteer to serve food at a soup kitchen at a time other than the holidays—people are hungry all year long.
- Stock food and pack food boxes at a food bank.
- Perform a skit, a play or show at a nursing home or hospital.
- Teach crafts or organize the residents of a nursing home who can knit or crochet to make blankets for children at a crisis nursery.
- Record tapes or video for young children. Donate to the library or a preschool.
- Volunteer at the library or local school to help promote literacy.
- Do yard work or housework for the elderly.
- Plan an outing for the residents of a nursing home—the zoo, a park, a movie, miniature golf or anything fun and unusual.
- Learn about bicycle safety and share the information with younger girls.
- Perform flag ceremonies for PTA/PTO meetings or other school events.
- Contact local nursing homes, shelters, food banks, schools, local governments, parks, zoos, crisis nurseries, day care programs, domestic violence shelters or other creative locations and ask how girls can best share their time and skills with the organization or community.
As Girl Scouts, we promise to “help people at all times” and “make the world a better place.” Our Movement has a rich history of empowering girls to serve and improve their communities. Since 1912, Girl Scouts have led the way on issues like hunger, homelessness, animal welfare, environmental protection, and more.
Is your Girl Scout or troop eager to find ways to better their community? Explore our resources below to encourage your girls to harness that spirit of goodwill and bring their charitable intentions to life!
Consider the ages of the girls, the number of girls and the size of the project to ensure success. Look around your school, community, house of worship, parks, etc. to brainstorm projects that will help make those places better for people and the environment.
Community Service Ideas
Service Projects at Your Troop Meeting
Plants & Gardening
Connect with the Community
Many Southern Arizona organizations are open to Girl Scout volunteers! Keep in mind that some projects are limited by the age of the volunteer; it is a good idea to contact organizations ahead of time to be sure girls are old enough to participate.
Local Agencies & Organizations
Girl Volunteer Corps
Girl Volunteer Corps is Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona's exclusive volunteer service club for middle- and high-school girls. Together, girls take action on the local issues they care about through hands-on service projects that they choose, plan, and lead together.
All girls in grades 6 through 12 can join Girl Volunteer Corps (GVC), which has three chapters located in Pima, Cochise, and Yuma Counties. Girls who are not currently members of Girl Scouts are welcome to register exclusively as a member of GVC. Likewise, current Girl Scouts are able to sign up for GVC independently or together with their troops.
To sign her up, complete and submit the permission slip below.
Stay up-to-date on opportunities for tween and teen Girl Scouts, including GVC events, through our Older Girls Facebook group. It's a powerful way for Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts to make a difference in their community while meeting new friends and having fun!