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Community Service

Are you looking for a way to enrich your girl scout experience and give back to your community? Check out these amazing organizations and the volunteer opportunities they're providing!

African Library Project
African Library Project

The African Library Project changes lives book by book by starting libraries in rural Africa. Our grassroots approach mobilizes U.S. volunteers, young and old, to organize book drives and ship books to start or improve a library in Africa. Our method makes a concrete and personal difference for children and communities on both continents.

Troops can organize their own drives and get excited about expanding literacy in their own communities as well! 

In the United States, volunteers collect, sort, and pack gently-used children's books to ship to specific African communities.

In Africa, ALP partners range from Peace Corps volunteers to school administrators. They receive the books and organize them into libraries to serve local African communities. Along the way, the U.S. donors learn about Africa and develop closer connections to the people in the recipient communities.

Bay Area Pet Fair
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It's time for the Bay Area Pet Fair at the Marin Center Fairgrounds in San Rafael! The pet fair will feature more than 70 California pet rescues and shelters with over 1,000 adoptable dogs, cats, and small animals.

Volunteer two hours on October 15th or 16th to help raise awareness about the need to adopt and help homeless animals. It's a great way to help and have fun at the same time! Sign up here!

Volunteering with PFE is a purrfect trip for Daisies to enhance your 3 CHEERS FOR ANIMALS journey, Bird Bath or Red Robin award, and even spark ideas for your Tula Take Action award.  Brownies can also work on their Pet Badges! 

One Warm Coat
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Everyone needs to stay warm in the winter and you and your troop can collect coats to give to those in need.  If you are looking for flexible way to volunteer, start a coat drive with the help of One Warm Coat.  The Girl Scouts partner with OWC  in several different ways:

Be a part of a wonderful holiday tradition. Join us at our annual drive on the Friday after Thanksgiving and drop off coats outside Elephant Bay in Emeryville, near Chess Tables on Santana Row in San Jose, outside Walnut Creek on Ice in Walnut Creek, and at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. KTVU television will be on hand for interviews and live coverage! Your troop can also collect coats in 3 hour shifts at the Ferry Building in San Francisco to kick off the larger area-wide drive. If you are interested in volunteering, learn more here.

If you have gently-used coats, scarves or hats but no drive of your own,  bring them on over to the closest GS Nor Cal retail store before Thanksgiving week and volunteer to deliver them to the drop site. You can also buy One Warm Coat patches at the Alameda and San Jose GS Nor Cal stores and online.

With a kit, you can put together a drive any time of the year, find information here! One Warm Coat works with your schedule and location to connect your troop to a nonprofit who will get your donations straight to people who need them.

Save the Bay
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We all need a healthy San Francisco Bay. Seven million Bay Area residents, 400 native species, our economy, and quality of life all depend on it. 

As the heart and lungs of the Bay, wetlands improve water quality, protect our communities from flooding, support thousands of jobs, provide open space for recreation, and capture and store carbon.

Join Save The Bay to help restore wetlands for a healthier San Francisco Bay!

Volunteering dates can be found here!

Learn about community based restoration here! 

SF-Marin Food Bank
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The SF-Marin Food Bank distributes the equivalent of 100,000 meals worth of food every day in service of our 1 in 4 neighbors experiencing hunger.

Each year, we partner with our friends at Safeway and NBC Bay Area on a holiday food drive. Since 2013, these drives have brought in over 45,000 grocery bags packed full of our highest need items (peanut butter, canned tuna, etc.) allowing us to provide this food to our neighbors.

Volunteer with your troop on Saturday, November 18, 2017 for two hours at a Safeway store in Marin or San Francisco. You’ll talk up the food drive to shoppers and your troop may also be featured live on NBC Bay Area!

For questions and to sign up, contact Cody Jang at cjang@sfmfoodbank.org or 415-282-1900 x 316.