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Volunteer at The Waters of Scottsburg
Created to offer an enlightened approach to providing healthcare to area seniors, The Waters of Scottsburg is highly regarded and widely known for providing comprehensive, individualized care. This opportunity is for all ages, but participation in it will help Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors work toward earning the Community Service Bar.
Contact: Jody Hurt or Kyle Sphire at 812-752-5663 to find out about current volunteer opportunities.

Chemo Buddy Bags-for all Girl Scouts
What: Troops would purchase gift bags – flat measurements are 10 ½ inches length and 8 inches wide -- for the Chemo Buddies program. The bags can be purchased anywhere and Chemo Buddies will take any color … some bags are for men. Angie Bakel has a not-for-profit Chemo Buddies card and is willing to meet you to assist with tax exemption. The Sunday Courier usually has coupons for 10% - 40% off an item at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn Fabrics that could help with the costs.
Girls would decorate only one side of the bag with words of encouragement/inspiration. Or, they could use stickers or draw flowers/pictures. Girls could also put their first name and troop number on the bottom of the bag. One side is reserved for the Chemo Buddies sticker alone. The girls may help stuff bags too however, Angie will need to make arrangements with Jill for permission.
Contact: When completed or if you have any questions contact Angie Bakel at 480-8992 or email: bakel2611@insightbb.com

Caps for Kids-for all Girl Scouts
Caps for Good is a service learning project that aims to engage youth in the U.S. to help save the lives of nearly four million newborns in the developing world. Girl Scout troops around the country are participating and GSSI members are invited to join this effort, too. Here is an article about a Girl Scout Troop that has already participated- http://www.westport-news.com/default/article/Westport-Brownies-efforts-help-infants-in-828329.php

Caps for Good is a grassroots initiative led by Save the Children and the Warm Up America! Foundation that calls upon Americans of all ages to knit or crochet a cap to keep a new baby warm and help increase his or her chance of survival. This is part of Save the Children’s larger newborn and child survival campaign which aims to mobilize U.S. citizens to help reduce the number of newborn and child deaths that occur each year from preventable and treatable causes (www.GoodGoes.org).
The Caps for Good initiative offers a dynamic and tactile way for girls at any age to engage in a local project that has a global impact. As a Girl Scout volunteer, your troop can participate by following the easy steps below that support the Girl Scout Leadership keys- Discover, Connect and Take Action.
Discover: Organize a troop meeting where girls can learn how to knit or crochet a baby cap and talk about how this project will make a difference in the lives of newborns around the world.
Connect: Encourage your troop to work together to complete their baby caps and to use this project to raise awareness in their school and community.
Take Action: Engage your troop in advocacy by having them send a letter to President Obama about their participation in Caps for Good.
To get started, visit www.GoodGoes.org/caps and view our action kit with information on how to make your cap and find more ways to get involved.
Questions? Contact cdonaghy@savechildren.org

Heritage Hospice-for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors
Are your teen Girl Scouts looking for more ways to volunteer in their community? Call Carol Durban at Heritage Hospice and set up a time for her to come and give a short presentation on the many ways girls can volunteer in their facility throughout the year. Girls must be 9th grade and above to volunteer. This presentation would be great at troop meetings and/or service unit events. For more information or to set up your presentation time, call Carol at 812.475.9712 or email at cdurban@heritagehospice.org.

United Methodist Youth Home - for all Girl Scouts
What: The United Methodist Youth Home is a faith-based organization that serves abused, troubled, and neglected young men and women. The center welcomes them, offers healing, and prepares them for a fresh start in life. Teen volunteers are welcome.
Where: 2521 N. Burkhardt Rd., Evansville. Contact Sara, (812) 479-7535, for details

Humane Society- for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors
What: Girl Scouts can join The Humane Society of the United States for five service learning projects in animal protection—pet care, living peacefully with wildlife, and holding young wildlife in rehabilitation centers.
Contact: Visit www.kindnews.org to get started on your advocacy journey. Mentors of teen Girl Scouts can visit www.humaneteen.org. Student Outreach staff can help girls by email, phone, or Skype as they complete projects.

Clara's Comfort for Kids- for Girl Scout Juniors, (grades 4-5)
What: The Evansville YWCA requests that people bring comfort to children in the community by creating fleece blankets for police officers to keep in their patrol cars to give to children who are victims of tragedy/crimes
Where: 118 Vine St., in downtown Evansville
Contact: YWCA Shelter Director, (812) 422-1191, for instructions for this project.


Ark Crisis Center- for all Girl Scouts
What: Ark needs volunteers to play with children or help in other ways. The Center provides a safe environment for children, ages six weeks-six years, and a resource for parents to help them alleviate stress in their lives.
Where: Ark Crisis Center, 415 Lincoln Ave., Evansville
Contact: (812) 423-9425 or arkcrisis@sigecom

Senior Living Community-for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors
What: Volunteers needed for Senior Living Community. Staff can provide troops a wide scope of information regarding nursing and other careers, aging and the needs of older people, and an opportunity to hear local history from senior citizens.
Where: Hamilton Point, 3800 Eli Place, Newburgh IN 47630
Contact: Jennifer Greyhouse, 812-858-5300, jlghouse@insightbb.com
GSLE Tip: This opportunity can be helpful as Ambassadors complete Bliss Journey Awards.