If you are female and still under the age of 18, or have a child that is, being in a Girl Scout troop is a great way to do volunteer work among other things. I was in Girl Scouts myself for over 10 years and was able to volunteer many times helping out various local communities.
Cleaning up parks and recreational areas.
While I was in my Girl Scout troop there were a couple of times throughout my Girl Scout career where my troop would help clean up local and state parks. One time we cleaned up a state park by picking up litter that was scattered throughout the park. This was good for both park visitors and animals living in and around the park as well. We commonly saw plastic rings that are found to hold 6 packs of soda or beer and those can get caught on the necks of birds and other small animals. We made sure to cut them up and properly discard them. It felt good for me to clean those out of the park because they can be very dangerous to animals. After we spent a couple of hours picking up litter we were presented with badges to add to our uniform and we could also physically see the improvements we made to the park.
Another time we cleaned up a park was by going to a local park and raking up leaves and cutting down excess scattered tree branches. In recent times local park maintenance crews are not commonly employed because most cities can’t afford to pay for these type of workers. This is unfortunate because this means many parks look abandoned and the leaves and branches that are scattered throughout the park makes the park look very uninviting. When we did this we would work with other Girl Scout troops because the work would have been too much for just one troop. This was also a great time to work with other people we didn’t know too well to come together to help the community.
Interacting with the elderly.
Another thing we did several times was visit retirement homes and interacted with the elderly who were living there. When we were younger we would sing nice upbeat songs to them that they enjoyed very much. As we got older we would do activities with them. One activity we commonly did with them was play bingo and other games with them. Sometimes we would also make arts and crafts with the elderly residents as well. This was a nice time to interact with them and it always put a smile on their faces. Sometimes all they wanted was someone to talk to and we were there to provide that to them.
Helping out during the holidays.
One thing that we did that was technically considered volunteer work was wrapping presents during the holidays. This somewhat differed from other volunteer work as we graciously accepted donations for those who offered any. We would set up a wrapping station at the local electronics store and wrap any present bought from any store from any person. Sometimes we would spend a long time wrapping all the gifts from one family while other times we might have just wrapped one gift. Either way this helped out the community during the holidays as it provided a place where people could get free professional quality wrapping for all their gifts. We would technically do it for free but we would get donations from some people. These donations helped cover the costs of the wrapping paper, ribbon, and tape we used and also would help fund trips we took as a troop.