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Service Opportunities

Are you looking for ways to give back to your community? Maybe you need an organization to partner with to complete your Girl Scout Silver or Gold Award project? The service opportunities below are organized according to GSUSA Gold Award themes. 

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Education
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Education

Lehigh Valley Zoo Summer Camp   
Main Contact: 
Brenda Michelson
Phone Number: 610-799-4171 ext. 229
Email Address: bmichelson@lvzoo.org

The Lehigh Valley Zoo is a non-profit located in Schnecksville, PA. The 29-acre zoo is located inside of the 1,100-acre Trexler Nature Preserve. Lehigh Valley Zoo’s mission is to create a safe, engaging and enlightening wildlife experience for guests of all ages as it demonstrates leadership in the cultural, scientific and conservation communities. The zoo is currently looking for Girl Scout volunteers to help with their upcoming summer camps! Interested girls would be working with the zoo's camp counselors to run engaging and fun activities for the campers. 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School   
Main Contact:
Dawn Parker
Phone Number: 215.348.5907
Email Address: dparker@ourladymtcarmelschool.org

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a Catholic elementary school located in Doyelstown. Our Lady of Mount Carmel seeks to educate the whole child through its strong academic program and to enrich the total person through co-curricular and extracurricular activities. They strive to provide a quality education that empowers students to lead and serve in our diverse, global society. Principal Dawn Parker is always looking for students who are interested in working with the school to achieve their gold award. 

Environment & Sustainability
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Environment & Sustainability

GSEP Green Project 
Company: Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

Join thousands of Girl Scouts and adult volunteers as they celebrate Earth Day with two weeks of planet friendly projects right in your community! No project is too small to include in our efforts to make the world a better and more beautiful place!

This year the GSEP Green Project will be from Saturday, April 14 through Sunday, April 29th. Girls and adult volunteers can create and complete an eco-friendly community service project with their troop, service unit, small group, or individually.

Tell us about your Green Project! Complete this online survey to share your story and photos with us! Your story and photos maybe chosen to appear on our website, social media, or Spark Magazine!

Purchase the GSEP Green Project Patch in any of our GSEP Retail Shops starting mid-April!

Tyler Arboretum    
Main Contact: Liz Hornbach
Phone Number: 610-566-9134 ext. 302
Email Address: lhornbach@tylerarboretum.org 

The Tyler Arboretum is a non-profit arboretum located in Media, PA. One of the oldest arboretums in northeast, it encompasses 650 acres of renowned plant collections, heritage and champion trees, historic buildings and 17 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands and meadows. The arboretum is currently looking for a group of girls to help create a "Geocaching" program for their property to use. 

Berks Nature  
Main Contact: Michael Griffith
Phone Number: 601-372-4992 ext. 108
Email Address: michael.griffith@berksnature.org

Berks Nature is located in Reading, PA and is a non-profit conservation organization. This non-profit focuses on land preservation, water protection, trail management, community gardens, and education programs. Berks Nature is looking for ongoing volunteers to help with maintaining the property, but they also encourage Girl Scouts to approach them with their own project ideas. All projects should have some type of environmental stewardship attached to it. 

Lehigh Valley Zoo    
Main Contact:
Julia Bieski
Phone Number:
610-799-4171 ext. 248
Email Address:
jbieski@lvzoo.org

The Lehigh Valley Zoo is a non-profit located in Schnecksville, PA. The 29-acre zoo is located inside of the 1,100-acre Trexler Nature Preserve. Lehigh Valley Zoo’s mission is to create a safe, engaging and enlightening wildlife experience for guests of all ages as it demonstrates leadership in the cultural, scientific and conservation communities. The zoo is currently looking for Girl Scout volunteers to help manage educational stations throughout the zoo such as Conservation Crafts and interactive exhibits. 

Arts, Culture & Heritage
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Arts, Culture and Heritage

The National Museum of Industrial History    
Main Contact: Kitsa Behringer
Phone Number: 610-694-6644
Email Address: info@mnih.org 

The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, PA is housed in a former steel factory! A branch of the Smithsonian Institution, this museum seeks to perserve, educate, and display the industrial history of the nation. The museum is always looking for Girl Scout volunteers to work the reception and visitor services desks, or help with education programs and office work. 

Acting Naturally Inc.    
Main Contact: Wendy McBride
Phone Number: 267-798-9165
Email Address: wendy@actingnaturally.com

Acting Naturally in Langhorne, PA is a Performing Arts non-profit dedicated to offering the community outstanding entertainment through their Repertory Company, Youth Company, and Children's Theater programs. Interested Girl Scouts can assist Acting Naturally with ushering for shows, helping backstage, and selling concessions during intermission. 

The Handwork Studio   
Main Contact:
Alisa Cavanaugh
Phone Number:
610-660-9600
Email Address:
alisa@thehandworkstudio.com

The Handwork Studio in Narberth, PA is a creative camp and class space where children and young adults can go to learn all about crafting, sewing, needlepoint, and more. With a focus on education and fostering a love of crafting, The Handwork Studio is always looking for volunteer Girl Scouts to help teach children. It is also an excellent place to learn more about running a small business. 

Disability
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Disability

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STEM
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STEM

Reading Public Museum   
Main Contact: Wendy Koller
Phone Number: 610-371-5850 ext.223
Email Address: wendy.koller@readingpublicmuseum.com

The Reading Public Museum is a leader in interactive, educational exhibits that teach everything from science to astronomy, civilizations, and more. The grounds house a planetarium and a 25-acre arboretum. Come join the adventure and volunteer at the museum's Discovery Summer Camp! You will play an integral part in the success of Summer Camp. You will be expected to help set up for the day, as well as interact with the campers. Additional responsibilities include watching the campers during break, helping pass out supplies, preparing activities, cleaning up, and escorting campers around the museum. 

Health
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Health

GotAED Initiative  
Organization: GotAED

GotAED is a crowdfunding site dedicated to placing AED devices where kids learn and play. An AED device is the only tool that can save someone in cardiac arrest and since cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in students, we want to make sure AEDs are placed in all youth related facilities. Now, anyone can create a campaign for their school, community center or sports club. All they have to do is crowdfund $1,150 and an AED and cabinet will be delivered to their door.  

If you are interested in learning more, visit our website at www.gotaed.org or contact Samantha at samantha@gotaed.org.

Poverty
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Poverty

Laundromat Library League  
Main Contact: Arlene Rengert
Phone Number: 610.696.2282
Email Address: laundromatlibrary@gmail.com 

The Laundromat Library League places "Library Boxes" of children's books in laundromats to make them available to children who may have few or none at home.  The opportunity is to obtain permission from a laundromat owner/manager and then deliver and "steward" the Library Box twice a month to tidy and refresh the books.  All books are supplied by the LLL, as is guidance. 

Healthy Relationships
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Healthy Relationships

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Children's Issues
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Children's Issues

The Superhero Project Inc.    
Main Contact: Kelly Gallagher
Phone Number: 215.870.8967
Email Address: thesuperheroprojectinc@gmail.com

The Superhero Project Inc. is a non-profit company that helps families who have infants and children in the NICU. Founded in 2015, the company worked to camera monitors in the NICU section of a local hospital so that parents and families can see their babies, even if they can't touch or be near them. They also create baskets for families, including hand knitted hats for the infants, care needs for family members and more. The company is always looking for troops to help knit hats or create care packages. 

Civic Engagement
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Civic Engagement

Buckingham Township    
Main Contact: Mary Jane Atkinson
Phone Number: 215.794.8834
Email Address: mjatkinson@buckinghampa.org

Buckingham Township is the largest township in Bucks county and covers around 33 square miles. The Parks & Rec Department is currently looking for volunteers to help run children's activities in parks and public spaces throughout the township. 

Animals
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Animals

Women's Humane Society  
Main Contact: Kayla Gross
Phone Number: 215-942-6829
Email Address: education@womenshumanesociety.org

The Women's Humane Society, America's First Animal Shelter founded by women in 1869 and located in Bensalem, PA, always appreciates young volunteers whether that be at their building or an off-site project. Their facility offers a program called Story Tails where youth can come read to their animals which socializes their pets while also improving reading skills. From home, scouts can make homemade toys or treats, organize a fundraiser or donation drive, hold an educational event with their troop or school to learn about animals, or many other options! They are open to creativity when it comes to finding unique ways to help their shelter animals!

PAWSibilities Animal Rescue  
Main Contact: Kathy Mina 
Phone Number: 215.920.4682
Email Address: pawsibilitiesanimalrescue@yahoo.com

Pawsibilities Animal Rescue is compiled of a caring staff and volunteers whose goal is to save and improve the lives of domestic animals. Whether sick, injured, stray, abandoned or owner surrendered,  Pawsibilities is there to give animals the love and care they need and deserve. We are a no-kill shelter with a desire to make a difference in the lives of the animals we rescue. We strive to educate the public on the animal overpopulation problem and the importance of spaying and neutering, allowing them to realize the benefits of opting to adopt instead of buying a pet. Pawsability is always looking for volunteer ideas and projects that will help their animals. Troops can run donation drives for pet supplies, help rebuild or paint rooms or spruce up kennels. 

Human Rights
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Human Rights

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Military and Veteran Affairs
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Military and Veteran Affairs

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Sports
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Sports

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Elderly Issues
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Elderly Issues

St. Martha Villa     
Main Contact: Donna Greiss
Phone Number: 610.873.5300
Email Address: dgreiss@chg.org

St. Martha Villa is an independent and assisted living facility in Downingtown, with a focus on Christian living after retirement.  The facility is designed to give it's residents an ease of living while still exericising their own independence. They are always looking for volunteers to interact with and socialize dementia patients, as well as run games, BINGO nights, and clean up the facility by gardening or picking up trash. 

Disaster Relief
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Disaster Relief

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Public Safety
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Public Safety

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Other
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Other

MLK Day of Service 
Organization:
Martin Luther King Day of Service

Join thousands of Girl Scouts across our council for the 24th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 14, 2019!

Every year, Girl Scouts like you strengthen their communities and help create solutions through service. Whether you volunteer at a local food bank, spend quality time doing crafts with the elderly, or collect and sort books for your school library, you can make a difference. You can partner with schools, civic organizations, communities of faith, local businesses, and many other groups that could use your help.

Plan A Day of Service

  1. Consider the needs of both your community and GSEP.
  2. Choose a project.
  3. Start planning your project and determining details, such as:
    • Where? Decide where you will carry out your project.
    • What? Determine what kind of tasks are involved.
    • Who? Choose the number of volunteers you will need to complete the project.

Plan ahead! Do you or your troop have a project idea to get started? Register your project today! Don't have a project idea, but still want to volunteer? Sign up to volunteer with an existing project!

Interested in working with local Girl Scouts or need volunteers for your next project? Submit your organization's service opportunity here!