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Girls Give Back

Girl Scouts have a rich history of giving back to their communities. Be part of this tradition by participating in one of the service projects below.

MLK Day of Service | Jan. 21, 2019

Make a difference by doing. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of each January, and is the only Federal holiday designated as a Day of Service. 

This day honors and continues the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and is a day to give back to have your actions speak louder. 

Registration is required for the events below which all take place on Jan. 21, 2019. A fun patch is included in registration.

Cradles to Crayons | Chicago, IL

All Ages

Help assemble care packages for children in need who live in the Greater Chicago Area. 

Register for Cradles to Crayons Day of Service » 


MLK Day of Service | Highland Park, IL

All Ages

Work on a variety of purposeful projects for those in need. 

Register for Highland Park Day of Service » 

A Heart for the Homeless

There are currently over 72K residents in DuPage County living in poverty and 10.5% are children. The goal of this service project is to raise awareness and show how one person can make a big difference.

Through an interactive curriculum and possible volunteer or service projects you will be able to gain a better understanding of what it means to be homeless and how you can help make a difference. This patch program is open to Girl Scouts in any location.

Learn More [PDF] »

Cuddle Comfort

Create small, cuddly pillows or lap blankets as welcome gifts for pediatric patients, senior citizens, homeless shelters and emergency rooms. We have instructions for how to make these items, as well as potential drop-off locations.

Cuddle Comfort Directions and Information [PDF] »

Blanketed by Love [PDF] »

Cancer Survivor Kits

Have you known someone affected by cancer and wondered how you could make a difference? Help people battling cancer by collecting a few simple items in a small tote bag; chemo patients will know the small difference you made! Once your items are collected and your kits are assembled, you can drop them off at your nearest cancer support center. We have instructions for how to make these items, as well as potential drop-off locaitons.

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Sweet Connections: Valentine's Day

Create Valentines and door decorations (hangers) to brighten the days of people you know or people in a local assisted living facility. We even have Valentine templates you can use!

Learn More »

Girl Scout Help

Girls, leaders and parents who are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities and service projects are invited to sign up for our weekly email distribution list! 

Sign Up »

Building My Community

Girl Scouts can attend a Building My Community event to get involved in their local government and community organizations.

Learn more »


Share Your Own Service Story

We love to know about the service projects you or your troop are completing within your communities. Tell us your story and you might be featured in a GCNWI publication! Share your Service Story!

Offer a Service Opportunity for Girl Scouts

Please contact Annie Gilmartin at agilmartin@girlscoutsgcnwi.org or call 815-651-2715 if you are an organization with service opportunities for Girl Scouts.  


Service Bars

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors who are passionate about giving back can earn service bars. The Community Service Bar and the Service to Girl Scouting Bar each require a minimum of 20 hours of service to one organization or Girl Scout activity/troop.

Community Service Bar
  1. Choose an organization to help.
    The organization will need to agree to give you instructions about the work you'll be doing.
  2. Get council approval.
    Email Annie Gilmartin before you begin.
  3. Complete at least 20 hours of service.
    Track your time with this form.
  4. Submit a final report.
    Complete the online form to report your service.
Service to Girl Scouting Bar
  1. Complete at least 20 hours of service.
    Track your time with this form.
  2. Submit a final report.
    Complete the online form to report your service.
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