More than ever, service is an integral part of our community. The tornadoes in Tennessee and COVID-19 pandemic have created an even greater need for our community to step up and help.
As Girl Scouts, we promise to help people at all times and to live by the Girl Scout Law, making the world a better place. Some of the service projects we would normally do will look a little bit different now, but there are still several ways girls can volunteer while social distancing. We’ve compiled some different ways that you can volunteer and serve the community right now, so meet with your troop virtually and come up with a plan to make our community a better place during these difficult times!
Mission: Mask Making Patch Program
From companies adjusting their production lines to create personal protective equipment to seamstresses across Middle Tennessee sewing cloth masks at home, people are stepping up to help equip those on the frontlines of COVID-19 – and now, you can too! We’ve set a Council-wide goal to make and donate 5,000 masks by May 22, and we’ve created a special fun patch for this project. Visit our Mission: Mask Making page for more information, instructions for sewing masks, and a list of places to donate to.
Thank a Health Care Provider
Our health care providers are on the front lines providing care to keep everyone safe and healthy. Many are working extra hours right now or are away from their family members. Get with your troop (virtually) and find some health care providers that you know. Write thank you letters and notes of encouragement to their teams or make snack (or Girl Scout Cookie!) baskets that they can enjoy during their shifts.
Many families in Middle Tennessee are still displaced from the storms in March. While you’re spending time at home, go through your closets and find gently used clothes you can donate to tornado victims.
Connect with Seniors
Right now, our seniors need encouragement and connection more than ever. Write homemade cards for the elderly and send them to a local senior center or retirement home. Make sure to check with the location and get approval before sending these in.
Do you know any graduating high school seniors, college graduates, brides, athletes, or anyone else who is missing a big event that they’ve been planning for? Write letters of congratulations and encouragement to them! Even though so many celebratory events have been canceled, you and your troop can still help celebrate their accomplishments from afar.
Volunteer Virtually with a Local Nonprofit
- Operation Gratitude – enlist in their virtual volunteer campaign to support deployed troops, National Guardsmen, first responders, and emergency medical personnel on the front lines of COVID-19.
- Hope Clinic – send a card of encouragement to new moms to share hope in the midst of a new baby and the current pandemic. Cards can be mailed to Hope Clinic for distribution.