Community Service: May 2010 Archives

I am looking for at least one troop in each of the fifty states to join me in collecting books in your community to give to some kind of shelter in your area. Some places you can give the books to are, shelters, orphanages, children's shelters, women's shelters, or a place like the Red Cross.  The purpose of donating the books is to show people that you care about your community and to provide a chance to escape to another world for a little while. Comic books, novels, even magazines will take a person out of their situation and escape to a better place. Have you ever just read a book and felt so invincible or like nothing else matters? Well that is what I want to do for people all across America, but I can't do it all alone. That is why I am asking for your help.


If your troop can help me, please notify me.   I will provide troops with a 'getting started' checklist and additional ideas.  I will need pictures of your troop. I plan to post the pictures I receive on my project's Facebook page (Connect Across America) and will provide you with a photo release form. Also, please make a journal or diary of what you as a troop have learned through the process and struggles and leadership and how you think you as a troop have done to help the community. Include times, dates, and feelings.  


If you have any questions please contact me, Chelsea W. at


If you would like to participate, please e-mail me by June 9. The second due date is for the project itself, June 23.




                        Chelsea W.


With the oil slick approaching, we are receiving inquiries on how to help.  Prior to the oil slick reaching the beaches, the best thing to help is to pick up trash on the beaches.  Once the oil slick gets here, it's considered hazardous waste and requires training to assist. 


Volunteer Dana Jones is coordinating any and all inquiries for Girl Scouts.  If you are interested in volunteering with clean up, contact Dana Jones. She is in contact with the appropriate organizations and has up-to-date and comprehensive information.


Update June 14, 2010

Dauphin Island Sea Lab is now taking donations of Dawn Dishwashing Detergent and "Simple Green" degreaser. Dawn to clean small research vessels, Simple Green to degrease nets. For more information, e-mail


Updated June 24, 2010

Girl Scouts needed to make hair booms!


Girl Scout troops or individual Girl Scouts can make hair booms for use along Mobile Bay.   There is a facility in Fairhope at 254 Greeno Road in the old bowling alley.  It is behind the Pizza Hut and next to the Key West Inn.  The supplies needed are on site, but volunteers are needed to fill stockings with donated hair. 


Contact Victoria Burleson at 251-767-5616 to set up a date and time to meet and make hair booms.


If your troop is planning on volunteering to clean up, please contact Molly Smart at 800-239-6636, extension 1402.



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