The opportunities below are year round programs that Hillsborough Girl Scouts has been supporting on a regular basis.
Community Action Network (CAN)
Hillsborough Food Bank also known as the Community Assistance Network (CAN) is always looking for assistance.
Hillsborough Food Pantry
Canned goods, pasta, paper products, over the counter medications, and other supplies are needed to assist families in the time of financial crisis. A full list of suggested items can be found here. Troops may organize collection drives, or can reach out to the pantry to find out about opportunities to help sort donations.
Looking for High School Troops to help man tables at various community events throughout the year. If your troop is interested in making an impact at home, contact Bob Wagner at the Department of Social Services: Rwagner@hillsborough-nj.org or call 908-369-3880.
Troops can put together 'Birthday Boxes'. Kits should include the dry ingredients necessary to make a cake (mix, icing, candles, decorations), Decorations, Paper and Plasticware, Cups, Beverages, and anything else that could make a child's party fun. The boxes can be made from any material (an office paper box is perfect) and should indicate whether the party is girl, boy, or unisex.
BINGO at Foothill Acres
The Director of Activities at Foothil Acres has sent in a request for any troops that would be interested in visiting and playing Bingo with the residents. This can be done on a regular basis, once in a while or just once or twice. Intergenerational activities are a wonderful way to provide community service to earn hours towards Heart of Service as well as doing something nice for someone!
Any troop interested should contact Caitlyn Campbell (Director of Activities at Foothill Acres) at (908) 369-8711 X5243.
Please copy SU72 Service Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send her a note to let her know that you are participating. Please send the troop number along with the girls names.
In addition to their advertised packing events during the year, Operation Shoebox has volunteer needs on an ongoing basis including standing at local supermarkets collecting donations and donation sorting. Contact Operation Shoebox for details.
Girl Scouts of Hillsborough supports SHIP each year with our annual food drive in February. This food drive supports SHIP’s mobile soup kitchen. For those that aren't aware, SHIP is located in nearby Somerville, NJ. From their website:
“SHIP, the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program, began operations on March 5, 1984 in response to the unheeded cry of the many women, children and men who are in desperate need of emergency housing and associated services.
Clients coming to SHIP are in desperate need of help. Many are the working poor. They include those that suffer from homelessness or being near homeless. Many are hungry or suffer from substance abuse dependency, HIV/AIDS, mental health issues, or neglect and isolation. Services are tailored to each individual's need and vary in duration according to each individual or families situation. SHIP provides this unique population with critically needed emergency interim services.
These services may include advocacy, emergency interim housing, interim counseling, and support services, that greatly enhance their chances of regaining their self-sufficiency again. SHIP is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the poor. Clients are eligible to apply for all of SHIP's Programs and Services.”
87 East High Street
Somerville, New Jersey 08876
Looking forward to next year, we are looking for an older troop to coordinate our annual food drive, as well as continue to spread the word about SHIP. Please contact the Service mailbox if your troop is interested.
Additionally, Barnes & Noble has offered to allow Girl Scouts to host a holiday gift wrapping to share information on this organization. Please reach out to the Service mailbox if your troop is interested in this a service opportunity.
Looking for recipes to make for S.H.I.P.? Troop 60304 created this recipe book as part of their silver award.
Also for SHIP:
ASSEMBLING PLASTIC WARE EATING UTENSIL KITS
A great way for younger children to get involved with helping feed the needy among us.
PLACE ONE HEAVY DUTY KNIFE, FORK, SPOON AND A NAPKIN IN A ZIP LOCK BAG.
These packs are give. To those receiving meals at SHIPs Galley (a soup kitchen), SHIP’s Mobile Soup Kitchen and SHIP’s Holiday Meal Program.
BROWN BAG (packaged) MEALS
Requirements: 60 Sandwiches
Examples with suggested codes to mark on bags:
60 brown bags required
Ham & Cheese = HC
Bologna = B
Tuna = TF
Turkey = T
American Cheese = AC
20 Extra of Peanut Butter & Jelly = PJ
1 pound of cold cuts yields 8 to 10 sandwiches
ALSO INCLUDE IN EACH BAG ONE OF EACH OF THE ITEMS LISTED BELOW:
60 Pieces of fruit, please provide assortment (*Some clients have health concerns including but not limited to the ability to chew hard food..)
60 Juice boxes with straw attached
60 Snack item: chips, cookies in baggie, wrapped donut, packaged cake, etc. Be creative!
Each bag should have in it: one sandwich, napkin, juice box, one piece of fruit and snack item. Bags should be marked on outside indicating which type of sandwich is inside. i.e.: HC for ham and cheese. There should be no mustard or dressing on bread. Mustard & Mayonnaise (condiments) packets will be provided by SHIP.
Call SHIP at 908-393-9545 and let us know when you will be bringing the lunches in order to help us better manage the delivery of the meals to the needy. Deliveries are accepted Monday thru Friday.