Community Service

MP3MevGoKonwmQq9FhgczZaJJL944jDEsgVNKwun2L0Below are some opportunities for girls to be of service to others in our council and in the wider community. While you are giving service to others, keep an idea bank for Take Action projects that could help you mobilize others and get at the roots of some of the problems you observe. For example, if you volunteer at a food pantry, you might notice trends like: stressed parents with little kids in tow, or lack of fresh fruits and vegetables to distribute. Seeing these issues could inspire you to Take Action for one of your Journeys!

Day to End Homelessness

The Community Shelter Board (CSB) and GSOH are partnering for the “Day to End Homelessness” campaign to collect the most needed items for CSB’s new shelter opening in the spring. Troops and Girl Scouts from throughout GSOH are welcome to participate! Needed items include:

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Socks (new or gently used)
  • Deodorant
  • Tissues and/or Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Combs and brushes
  • Travel-size soaps, shampoos
  • Baby wipes or wet wipes
  • Linens (twin sized, new or gently used) and
  • Towels and washcloths (new or gently used)

Girl Scouts can drop off their collected items from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 at 595 Van Buren Dr., Columbus, OH 43223. There will be an additional drop-off date in January. Stay tuned to Update Email for the date. For more information, contact To learn more about Community Shelter Board, visit


feed-the-heartland-patch-co Feed the Heartland Council Service Project

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we encourage Girl Scouts and others in our council to help us Feed the Heartland. From December 2-18, 2014 our Girl Scout shops in Columbus, Mansfield, and Zanesville will be collection points for food items, which will be donated to food banks within our council. Feed the Heartland patches and Can segments (for those who already have the patch) will be available for purchase at the shops.

Food items most needed:

  • Canned soup
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meat and tuna
  • Peanut butter
  • Dry cereal

The Feed the Heartland patch program is a year-round service opportunity. Check out the details and order form on our Patch & Kit Programs page!

Make a Difference Day 2013

MAKE-A-DIFFERENCESat., Oct. 26, 2013 marked the 23rd annual Make a Difference Day, sponsored by USA WEEKEND magazine and the Points of Light Foundation. Girl Scouts across the state participated in their communities on this national day of service. Download the Make a Difference Day 2013 Project Report and Patch Order Form.

Good Turn Day

Girl Scouts of all ages helped collect clothing and household goods to support Goodwill Industries. On November 2, 2014, they could bring a minimum of three plastic grocery bags full of donations to participating Goodwill Stores and donation centers to obtain a Goodwill Good Turn Day patch. Learn more »

Girl Members of the Board of Directors & Members-at-Large

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland asks girls 14 years or older to apply to serve as board members (two needed) and member-at-large delegates (10 needed), as well as delegates to the GSUSA 2014 National Council Session/53rd National Convention. These girls will serve on our Girl Scout Delegate Advisory Council. Applications for these positions, to be elected at Annual Meeting in April 2014 are below.

Read a letter from former Girl Board Member Rachel Beery about her time on the GSDAC.

Spread the Bread

It’s an opportunity to bake bread – any kind of bread – tied with notes of hope, gratitude and good cheer to honor heroes and help those in need. This is a great Service Unit event!

Go to for more information.

My Very Own Blanket

MVOB PatchMy Very Own Blanket is a non profit organization helping to comfort foster care children across Ohio. Girl Scouts can help by volunteering to make blankets. Girls will also get a fun patch!

For more information, visit

Project Linus

Help make fleece blankets for children and families in need.

Visit for more details.

Girl Scouts and Disaster Recovery

When disasters occur, Girl Scouts young and old want to help. The Girl Scouts of the USA National Program Team has developed two program resources that demonstrate how the Girl Scout Leadership Experience supports girls as leaders in times of disaster. Learn more>>

The Elam Environmental Center

The Elam Environmental Center has many programs that offer service opportunities for Girl Scouts age 11 and up. Contact or


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