Giving Tuesday

Girl Scouts of Central California South is participating in #GivingTuesday! Tuesday, December 3, 2013

On #GivingTuesday, December 3, 2013, you can help by donating to those who can’t be home this holiday season – our military personnel serving overseas – through Operation Gratitude.

For every $5 donation to Girl Scouts of Central California South between now and December 3, 2013, we will send a can of Girl Scout nuts, or a magazine subscription, to our military troops through Operation Gratitude. Help us put a smile on the faces of 1,000 deserving servicemen and women!

GIRL SCOUTS IS GIVING BACK TOO!

For every dollar donated to Girl Scouts of Central California South on December 3, 2013, our staff and volunteers will donate one hour, volunteering in our community. We will “Take Action” and help at the food bank, do a litter clean-up, read to children, etc. Your partnership with us could make a difference to community organizations and the people they serve – seniors, vets and others in need.

About Girl Scout Connect:
Every year, 5,000 at-risk girls in our local communities start their Girl Scout journey with this program. They learn values, practical life skills and leadership skills, that prepare them for their future lives and careers. Girls meet with trained mentors after-school at schools, community centers and public housing. They are motivated to stay in school and become productive citizens who can comfortably provide for their own future families. They are inspired to focus on a positive future, rather than being sidetracked by negative influences. This program follows a proven national Girl Scout curriculum that builds confidence in the girls and provides them with practical benefits of staying in school, and encourages them to aim high and work towards meaningful careers. Grants, sponsorships and donor funding help offset the costs of program delivery and cover program materials, Girl Scout sashes and badges. A mere $20 can provide a girl membership for Girl Scouts, $250 can give a girl a year long experience that will change her life.

Girls earn Silver Award

Ashlyn from Troop 2486, Troop 105 and Troop 321 just recently all completed their Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. It gives them a chance to show  that they are a leaders, that are organized, determined and dedicated to improving their community.

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Ashlyn from Troop 2486 developed a backpacks and school supplies drive at her local church and donated the items to children in need. She was able to collect over 20 backpacks! The drive will be continued annually.

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Troop 105 did two projects. They created a flag ceremony instructional binder and DVD and distributed it to youth organizations and schools.

 

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Troop 321 held a Walk- a -dog- a- thon in their community and provided information about caring for pets. All donations collected that day were donated to the SPCA.

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For more information on Girl Scouts of Central California South’s upcoming Silver and Gold Award trainings visit www.girlscoutsccs.org/awards.

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Troop earns Bronze Award

Girl Scout Troop 2406  just completed their Bronze Award. They held a Bingo Night at the Orchard Park Assisted Living and held a blanket drive to donate to needy seniors!

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The Troop was established in the fall of 2010 with Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts, and just began its third year with Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts. During the first year the Troop’s leader, Valerie Kessler, wanted to connect the girls to the community. So she contacted Orchard Park Assisted Living (OAL) to see if they would be open to having the girls visit the seniors on a few occasions. The OAL Activity Director, Cheryl Ranzau (a Girl Scout Alum!), was very excited about this partnership. So, in October the girls visited during the Halloween season and then again in December to sing Christmas Carols and present gifts to the seniors. They did so again the second year.

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Since the girls already had this connection, they thought it would be nice to work on their Bronze Award Project at OAL. After brainstorming, the girls and the Troop decided to go forward with a Bingo Night, inviting other Girl Scouts from their Service Unit 25 to attend. And since it was the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, they wanted to work this in too. So, they honored OAL senior women who had been Girl Scouts (Valerie presented them with Girl Scout 100th anniversary pins that evening) and set a goal to collect 100 blankets for needy seniors (and they had the goal) from attendees and had fun playing Bingo.

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~Guest Post by : Aleta Wolfe - Girl Scout Troop 2406

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 Pictures from Bingo Night!
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Girl Scout Staff volunteers at United Way Kings County Day of Caring

Blog Post by: Julie Medina, Membership Manager

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Melissa Soza and I volunteered at Salvation Army for the Day of Caring through United Way. Our day was spent over seeing the bounce house and slide at a Community Fun Day held at the Salvation Army. Booths were set up with various games for the kids to rotate around to along with a drawing for games, toys and school supplies. Everyone enjoyed the activities and the tasty lunch. It was a great day and we enjoyed volunteering!

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Fresno troop 2385 donates to local charities

Post by: Danielle Cash

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Fresno troop 2385 decided at one of their meetings they wanted to donate to the families at Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Valley and to the homeless at the Evangel home. So the girls setup a shopping trip! They spent 2 hours and over $440 on items for two charities. Then they organized the items they bought into two piles for the  two different charities. The Ronald McDonald House items included toiletries, food, beverages, clothing, books and games. Plus 20 boxes of cookies leftover from their cookie sale! Then the girls packed socks, hats, soaps, razors and snacks for the homeless at the Evangel home.  Troop 2385 had a great time putting together the care packages for the two charities. Below are pictures of the girls with the items they purchased.

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Community service project in honor of Independence day

On Saturday, June 30, 2012, Troop 2571 (Daisy/Brownie troop) undertook a Community Service project. They colored 100 American flags and presented them to the residents of Lifehouse Parkview Healthcare Center in honor of the Fourth of July. The girls also accomplished one of ten tasks to complete one  of the 100th things for the 100th G.S. Anniversary, they read for 100 minutes to the residents. Troop 2571 meets year-round and accomplishes approximately eight community services projects per year.

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For more information on Community Service Projects. Visit our community service webpage www.girlscoutsccs.org/community-service-projects/ .

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Girls Scouts collect canned food for 100th Anniversary

Service Unit 25 was celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting and collecting 100 cans of food per day at their  Twilight camp on  June 25-29 at Clovis High School. Their goal was to collect 500 cans (100 cans per day). They surpassed their goal and collected 620 cans! An anonymous donor donated $1 for every can donated in the name of Girl Scouts! The canned food and donation went  to needy children at Rescue the Children with the Fresno Rescue Mission.

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For more information on community service projects be sure to check out our Community Service webpage!  www.girlscoutsccs.org/community-service-projects/ .

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