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1.2.2.7. Patches and Projects

Community Service

Want to participate in a community service project or try out one of our many patch programs? You’ve come to the right place! Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois holds seasonal “Take Action” council community service projects, plus there are patch programs that girls can participate in throughout the year.

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Mask Making Community Service Project
2020 Community Service Patch Program

Girl Scouts have always stepped up in times of need and our current COVID-19 crisis is no different. We are proud of all that our service units, troops, staff and girls have done so far to support our community—and the world—during COVID-19. We are also proud to be a part of the larger Girl Scout Movement, which is serving our country and our world. Now, we are proud to share resources to engage in a Movement-wide letter writing campaign to support those in our community who need us most.

Now, with this nationwide mask-making campaign, all girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. And we’ve partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the U.S., to make it easy for your girls to amplify their efforts.

Please visit www.girlscouts.org/serviceprojects for instructions on how to make and distribute masks in the community.

Inspire others to give back! Snap a photo of your troop’s masks and post to your social networks using the hashtag #GirlScoutsGiveBack.

Don't forget to visit our Girl Scouts Give Back page and log the number of masks you made!

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Letter Writing Community Service Project
2020 Community Service Patch Program

Girl Scouts have always stepped up in times of need and our current COVID-19 crisis is no different. We are proud of all that our service units, troops, staff and girls have done so far to support our community—and the world—during COVID-19. We are also proud to be a part of the larger Girl Scout Movement, which is serving our country and our world. Now, we are proud to share resources to engage in a Movement-wide letter writing campaign to support those in our community who need us most.

The idea is simple: Girls write letters to people in local nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated and heroic staff who are caring for them. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.

Please visit www.girlscouts.org/serviceprojects for instructions on how to write and send letters, including a sample letter to include when you send your letters to a facility.

Share your story of letter writing with the greater Girl Scouts Movement by sharing on social media with #GirlScoutsGiveBack.

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Spring "Change It Up!" Council Community Service Project
Spring Community Service Patch Program
Spring 2020 | Deadline: September 1, 2020

A diaper drive for little folks in our communities!

1 in 3 families don’t have all of the diapers they need to keep their infants clean, dry and healthy. Lack of diapers keeps babies out of childcare and a parent out of work or school. Join us as we baby the babies in our council. You can collect and donate diapers, wipes and diaper cream and donate to your local food pantry, hospital or women’s shelter.

Don’t like the impact of disposables? Check out some of the community organizations that donate cloth diapers! (One suggestion is Share The Love - sharethelove@cottonbabies.com).

We'd love to share your photos on our social media platforms! Be sure to include your troop number with your photo!

We have several exciting patch programs for girls to participate in, as well as some Council’s Own badges (Building Bridges, Southern Illinois Explorer and Archaeology in Southern Illinois). To see all available programs, as well as the requirements for each, visit our Forms section.