Giving Back: Making the World a Better Place



As the weather gets cooler and the days grow shorter, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season – but don’t forget it’s also the season of giving! Below are a few ways for your troop to make the world a better place this year.

Get Creative

Both City Meals on Wheels and Gods Love We Deliver offer meal delivery services for those who need it.  Troops can spread cheer by creating handmade cards with warm wishes!

Collect Books, Coats, or Food

Host a drive or donate items this season; we all know sharing is caring!

Project Cicero is an organization that supplies NYC Public Schools with books for their classrooms and libraries. Girl Scouts can also reach out to their school administration to see if they can help stock their school’s library!

Clean out your closets and donate gently used coats to New York Cares, an organization that helped distribute over 100,000 coats last year! Coat collections officially open in Mid-November.

City Harvest feeds New Yorkers by keeping food pantries and soup kitchens stocked. They also provide tips for running a food drive including a list of the most needed items.

Share your Love of the Outdoors

Parks and Green spaces are part of what make New York wonderful, so let’s help clean them up! NYC Parks offers restoration projects throughout the year and in every borough!

Ready to share your love of nature? The Wildlife Conservation Society has opportunities for Youth Volunteers (ages 14-19) to do just that!

Give Back with the Family

Check out Doing Good Together, an amazing resource that compiles a list of volunteer opportunities in NYC that are open to the whole family! This is a great opportunity to get the important figures in a girls’ life involved as a Girl Scout Family.

These are just a few ways to give back in NYC, and there are many local organizations not listed that may need volunteers. Don’t hesitate to reach out to local food banks, shelters, senior homes, or other organizations and let them know there are Girl Scouts ready to help out!

Category: Girls, Traditions, Volunteer

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