Girls aged 14 or older are invited to “adopt” a facility and help make the lives of residents more pleasant. Girl Scouts, troops or individuals, may want to plan a tea party, craft activity, or talent show with a once monthly commitment for a period of time determined by the facility. These assisted-living homes are located in our council area and Avalon Hospice will help you find a facility in your area. For more information, contact Susan Burdorf, Volunteer Coordinator of Avalon Hospice, at (615) 889-5995.
World Relief Nashville resettles refugees from around the world in middle Tennessee and helps them become self-sufficient. Each year, World Relief Nashville collects backpacks and school supplies for refugee children. Although there is a big push at the beginning of the school year, they get new refugee arrivals year-round. The refugee children must be enrolled in school within 30 days of their arrival to Nashville, so the need is constant. Call (615) 833-7735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Clare Bridge Crossings at Homewood Residence in Nashville
Clare Bridge Crossings in the Brookdale Senior Living community provides a healthy life style for those with early to moderate dementia. Programming is geared toward cognitive stimulation through exercise, learning, arts & crafts, socials, spiritual programs and more. They are looking for volunteers and guests to teach something new, entertain or provide one to one interactions. This is a great opportunity to do something meaningful within the community. For more information or questions please contact Erika Gibson, Program Manager at 615-353-1990.
Donelson Place Care and Rehabilitation could use volunteers to play checkers, visit, man the magazine and book cart, decorate for the holidays – there are lots of opportunities. For more information, contact Andi Halbert, Quality of Life Director at email@example.com or call (615) 885-0483.
Hospital Hospitality House
Hospital Hospitality House provides a home away from home for patients and caregivers who from out of town, but who are in Nashville to receive medical care. Since 1974, they have provided more than 380,000 nights of lodging to guests from all 95 counties in Tennessee, all 50 states in the U.S. and 39 foreign countries. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing a meal, a place to stay and support.
Hospital Hospitality house has ongoing needs for items such as dishwashing detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, other household items and food items, such as cereal, individually wrapped snacks, crackers, etc. In addition, they can use help with landscaping, cleaning and special events.
Please visit Hospital Hospitality House to see their wish list.
Lynnwood Way Water Tank Beautification Project
In 2009 Mallory Valley Utility District condemned a portion of the Lynnwood Downs Subdivision and built the Beech Creek Project 5 Million Gallon Water Tank located on Lynnwood Way, Franklin, TN at the crest of the Lynnwood Downs Subdivision.
Through federal and state grant funds and community (business and volunteer) execution of the project, the goal is to fully landscape immediate and ridge area through the use of mature, fast growing evergreens and native vegetation and cover the Beech Creek Project 5 Million Gallon Water Tank with an organic naturalistic mural painting. Working closely with TN Congressman Charles Sargant, and Laurie Rousseau, Keep Williamson County Beautiful, we are optimistic that there are several viable grant options for this “Public Art” project.
The project target date is fall 2013 through spring 2014.
Nashville Give Thanks – November 23
This 5K Walk benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be held November 23, 2013 at Centennial Park. Volunteers are needed for this event. Sign-up to volunteer.
Northside Healthcare Nursing Home in Murfreesboro
Northside needs help getting supplies for their residents. Following are items they need:
- Oversized or large print decks of cards
- Large print puzzle books (crosswords, word search, etc.)
- Easy grip jigsaw puzzles
- and more…
The residents also appreciate visits from scout troops. For more information, contact Kim Honeycutt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615) 907- 9664.
Open Table Nashville
Open Table Nashville www.opentablenashville.org works with homeless and impoverished people in the Nashville area. They are in need of Welcome Home Kits for newly housed clients. A Welcome Home Kit would include household items like: shower curtain and rings, a 13 gallon trash can, trash bags, basic cleaning supplies, coffee pot and filters, bed items, etc. To make a donation of items or for more information, contact Lauren Plummer, email@example.com.
Pets Perch – Cats in the Cradle and Dog-Gone Tired (now until Dec. 6)
One of our own Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Rachel, is working on her Gold Award and needs your help. Rachel is collecting old t-shirts and jeans to make toys for cats and dogs in the Williamson County Animal Shelter. She would appreciate any donations. They can be dropped off at the Nashville Girl Scout Service Center between now and December 6.
Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child Project – November 18-25
Samaritan’s Purse, through their Operation Christmas Child project, collects shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and personal hygiene items to provide Christmas for children in more than 100 countries across the globe each year. National Collection Week is Nov. 18-25, so there’s still time to pack your shoebox. To find out more about Operation Christmas Child and how your troop can pack shoe boxes, visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/
Seeds of Hope
Seeds of Hope is a teen led organization that focuses on raising awareness about the number of Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and homelessness.
Since 2010 the organization has served over 500 veterans and their families though their Victory Gardens. Teams plant gardens in the surrounding communities and at Veteran facilities to grow crops for Vets. This season Seed of Hope will be expanding, and Girl Scouts are asked to volunteer at the Fisher House in their area. When starting a chapter of Seeds of Hope, the responsibilities are as followed:
- Building two raised beds at the Fisher House
- Planting the seeds in the gardens
- Maintain the garden two to three times a month to weed and help harvest
- Harvest at the end of the season with the residents
At the end of the season Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to have a “Victory Party” where they will cook with the harvested crops and eat with the residents.
Please visit yalgroups.org/seedsofhope.html for more information.
Williamson County Department of Children’s Services
Looking for individuals, troops or service units to help them start a recycling program. Bins will be supplied for recycling plastic bottles and pick up dates are flexible. For more information contact Iris A. Dedeaux (615) 790-5965 or Iris.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer in Training (VIT)
Formerly known as LIT, a volunteer in training is any Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador (9-12 grades) who is looking to learn more about the inner workings of a troop. The VIT must work directly with a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie or Junior troop for a consistent amount of time and take on the responsibilities of assisting the troop leader with the planning and implementation of troop meetings.
For training information, contact Jeanne Billings at (615) 460-0212 or email@example.com.
Any Girl Scout Cadette (6-8 grades) who is interested in assisting in a troop, service unit or council program for younger girls. PAs work directly with a troop/group under the supervision of an adult volunteer. The Program Aide is required to attend training sessions where she gains expertise in a particular field of interest.
For training information, contact Jeanne Billings at (615) 460-0212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find a Scholarship
By the time a Girl Scout has reached Senior or Ambassador level, they have demonstrated leadership, service to others, perseverance, and the ability to work. This makes Girl Scouts ideal candidates for college scholarships.
Girls Scouts USA has information about scholarship opportunities. Visit the Girl Scouts website at www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/facts/scholarships
The Scout Award is a $10,000 award for any incoming freshmen who is accepted to Lipscomb and has received the Gold Award. To apply for this award, visit the Financial Aid (http://admissions.lipscomb.edu/finacialaid/scholarships/) page of the Lipscomb University website.
Mary Duncan Scholarship Fund
The Mary Duncan Scholarship Fund is a scholarship opportunity available to Gold Awardees in the Middle Tennessee area with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8 or higher. The scholarship is presented by Medical Billing Alternatives, LLC and is named in honor of former troop leader Mary Duncan, who was a troop leader and mentor to Medical Billing Alternatives Chief Financial Officer, Michelle Anderson. The scholarship award is $2,500.
Scarlett Family Foundation
Since 2006, the Scarlett Family Foundation has awarded over $1.6 million in college scholarships to students in Middle Tennessee in pursuit of a business degree.
Tennessee Women’s Economic Council Scholarships
Recognizing that education helps women increase their earning potential, the Women’s Economic Foundation offers six $1,000 scholarships to women making a commitment to improve their economic autonomy.
University of Tennessee – Martin
Gold Award recipients are eligible to receive $800 per year for four years.
Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation
This foundation awards scholarships to women who have attained the Silver or Gold Award and who plan to or are currently pursuing a major/minor in a foreign language at a four year college. The scholarships provides $1,500 per year.
Submit a Service Opportunity
Does your organization or group have a project and need help? Girl Scouts like to help. We are dedicated to making the world a better place.
Submit your service opportunities to the Program Department (Programdept@gsmidtn.org) and we’ll pass it along.
Girl Scouts working on a Gold Award may submit information about their projects and requests for help.
Submit your award project service requests to the Award Committee. (email@example.com subject line: Gold Award project service request)