Community Service: March 2011 Archives

If you or your troop would like to help with any of these opportunities, please let Erica Bass, programintern@girlscoutssa.org know by Monday, April 4.
 
Older Girls needed for Face Painting/Hiding Easter Eggs
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be having their 3rd Annual "The Bunny Chase" 5K and Family Fun Festival Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Medal of Honor Park in Mobile.  They are looking for some older Girl Scouts (Cadette, Senior or Ambassador Girl Scouts) to help with face painting and hiding Easter eggs.
 
Earth Day Celebration Volunteers
A Girl Scout troop is invited to show how we are eco-friendly at Spring Hill Medical Center's Earth Day celebration in Mobile.  The event will be held April 22 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ideas would be doing a craft or show how to earn a badge on conservation or environment.  Set up begins at 8:00.  Bagged lunch and beverage provided. Open to any age group.
 
Earth Day at The Hangout
Show the Gulf Coast how you protect the earth.  Girl Scout troops are invited to The Hangout in Gulf Shores for an Earth Day Celebration April 22. Troops can set up a booth and demonstrate something your troop has learned or studied about relating to conservation and protecting the earth.  Show how Girl Scouts are Green!  This could be a craft to do, songs, pictures, etc.  Set up begins at 10:30 a.m., and the event is from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
 
Volunteer and Meet the World's Best Pro Golfers
The 2011 Avnet LPGA Classic is coming to the Robert Trent Jones Course, Magnolia Grove, Mobile from April 28 to May 1.  Join the World's Best Women's Professional golfers along with the best fans around and volunteer for The 2011 Avnet LPGA Classic!  Volunteers are needed to be Standard Bearers.  The Standard Bearer walks 18 holes with a twosome or threesome of players and carries the sign (the standard) with the players' names and scores.  Volunteers are needed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 28 - May 1.  As a volunteer, you will be admitted free.  You will also receive 2 tickets for your family to enjoy the tournament each day that you work.  In addition, you will receive a T-shirt along with a meal voucher on the days that you volunteer.  You will need to provide your own khaki shorts or pants.  Girls m
ust be at least 13 years old.
Following the recent devastation in Japan, the policy that prohibits Girl Scouts from raising money for other organizations has been temporarily suspended. To contribute to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, you can make an online donation to the newly established Girl Scouts of Japan Relief Efforts.

Thumbnail image for 2011-3-28_elisabeth.jpgA second grade Girl Scout started a blog called 1,000,000 Pennies for Girl Scouts of Japan. Elisabeth (shown right) has decided to start on a journey to try to collect one million pennies, by her birthday in April, to be donated to the Girl Scouts of Japan to aid in their relief efforts. While a million pennies may seem an unreachable goal, half the fun is the journey! Currently, Elisabeth has collected 21,778 pennies! Help her on her way here: penniesforjapangs@yahoo.com.

In Oregon,
50 Girl Scouts in Medford helped fold and link 1,000 paper cranes Saturday night to be sent to Girl Scouts in Japan as a token of friendship. After September 11th, Girl Scouts from Japan sent over strings of 1,000 cranes. In Asian countries the crane is a symbol of happiness, and the act of stringing together exactly 1,000 is a gesture of healing. Fifteen-year-old Girl Scout Cassie P. said it takes about 25 folding steps to make the cranes, but it was well worth it.

We want to know what our Girl Scouts in southern Alabama are doing to help our sister Girl Scouts.  Let us know by commenting here, or e-mail communications@girlscoutssa.org

Certainly we have all been shaken by the waves of terrible news from Japan over these past few days. 

 

This is the news - and the advice - that we can give at this time:

 

  • USA Girl Scouts Overseas:  There is an office and staff in Japan to support the families of military personnel stationed there. Reports are that our office has suffered minor damage and that all the staff and their families are "shaken" but fine.  
  • Money Earning Policy:  It is fine for troops to raise money to aid victims of this horrible disaster. Please follow the GSSA money earning policy. See Page 74 of Volunteer Essentials. Remember that in the early stages of disasters like this, money can be more helpful than "care packages". Please click here for Money Earning Application Form.
  • Helping Girl Scouts of Japan:  We are very concerned about our Girl Scout sisters who are members of Girl Scouts of Japan and we would like to provide some movement-wide sport to them. Details are not available yet, but GSUSA will be setting up an account to collect donations to go to Girl Scouts of Japan so that we can send one large donation on behalf of all Girl Scout sisters in the USA.

 

As more news becomes available, we will share it with you.


Update 3/16: From Girl Scouts of Japan

2011-3shannon.JPGShannon S. is one of our employees you may not have met personally, but you probably have seen her at council events and assumed she was another volunteer troop leader.  While Shannon is a troop leader, she fills that role as a facilitator in our Mobile Housing Board Community grant program.  Shannon works with girls in the Thomas James complex to ensure that they receive the same Girl Scouting experience as the rest of the girls in our council. 

Tuesday night, there was a fire at Thomas James, and Shannon and her family's apartment was destroyed.  We would like to help Shannon and her girls by hosting a clothing drive.  Any clothing you collect can be delivered to either service center, and we will deliver your donations to her.

Shannon wears an Adult 24W or 3X.  Her shoe size is 10.5 to 11.  Her girls wear a Junior 13/14 and 10, and their shoe sizes are 8.5-9 and 4.
 
We know the Girl Scout community will rally to help a truly amazing woman!
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Older Girl volunteers (grades 6-12) are needed for the 10th annual Luck of the Irish event, Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Bienville Square in Mobile.  Girls will be face painting, and 17-year-olds will supervise children in the bouncy house and super slides.  Girls that volunteer will be allowed to sample all of the stews and corned beef and cabbage! 

If you can volunteer, please contact Lydia Pettijohn at 251-479-5700.
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LPGA Athlete, Seon Hwa Lee

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The 2011 Avnet LPGA Classic is coming to the Robert Trent Jones Course, Magnolia Grove from April 28 to May 1.  Join the World's Best Women's Professional golfers along with the best fans around and volunteer for The 2011 Avnet LPGA Classic! 

Volunteers, ages 14 and up, are needed to be Standard Bearers.  The Standard Bearer walks 18 holes with a twosome or threesome of players and carries the sign (the standard) with the players names and score.  Volunteers are needed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 28th - May 1st. 

As a volunteer, you will be admitted free.  You will also receive 2 tickets for your family to enjoy the tournament each day that you work.  In addition, you will receive a T-shirt along with a meal voucher on the days that you volunteer.  You will need to provide your own khaki shorts or pants. Here's the volunteer application for you and your older girls. 
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The Mobile Museum of Art is looking for volunteers, 14 and older, to help with fun art activities at the Festival of Flowers.  Volunteers will assist art instructors, interact with children to make hats, kaleidoscopes, painting "en plein air," leading a story time about art and artists, helping with a Readers Theatre.  Volunteers will also recruit participants, help set up and put away art materials.

Festival of Flowers is the premier flower and garden event of the greater Gulf Coast.  The festival theme this year is "All Things Bright and Beautiful."  The Museum needs volunteers on Saturday, March 26 from 9:00-5:00 (in 2.5 hour shifts) and Sunday, March 27 11:00 - 6:00 in 2 hour shifts.  Every volunteer will gain free admission to the Festival. 

An event orientation will be held at the museum on Monday, March 21 4:00-5:00.  Volunteers should be 14 and older. For more information about the event contact Howard McPhail, Curator of Education, Outreach at 251-208-5205  or howard.mcphail@mobilemuseumofart.com. To sign up for one or more shifts, please contact Gail McCain, Volunteer Coordinator at 251-208-5211  or gail.mccain@mobilemuseumofart.com.    


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