Ongoing Opportunities

 Unless specifically shared by the SU72 Service team as an SU72 Community Service Award activity, all service activities noted below are for GSHNJ Hearts of Service recognition only.
The opportunities below are programs that local Girl Scouts have been supporting. 

Hillsborough Based Organizations

Community Action Network (CAN) - All Levels

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.  Suggested items can be found on the CAN page.  Troops may organize collection drives, or can reach out to the pantry to find out about opportunities to help sort donations.

CAN Team

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: or call 908-369-3880.

Birthday Boxes

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.

Silver & Gold Award Project Submissions

Interested in working on a Silver or Gold Award project with any of the Hillsborough Municipal departments?  Girl Scout project submissions can be sent via the Google form on the Hillsborough Municipal Website here.

Gigi's Playhouse

Gigi's Playhouse supports those with Down Syndrome from diagnosis through adulthood, to build confidence, and to send a global message of acceptance for all, while changing the way the world sees Down syndrome.  For information about volunteering, see their website.

Steps Together

Steps Together is a Hillsborough based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring our community to pay their blessings forward and support Somerset County families facing a medical crisis.  They often need volunteers for their events.  See their website for contact information.

Amwell Animal Rescue

Based in Amwell Pet Supply, Amwell Animal Rescue Group provides support for the rescue, care for, and rehome unwanted and homeless pets.

Feeding Hands Pantry

Recently opening a location in Hillsborough, Feeding Hands provides food pantry services throughout Somerset County. 

Operation Shoebox

If your Troop is interested in hosting a shopping spree, you can contact local grocery stores/Walmart to arrange it. The signs and bags that you would need from Operation Shoebox are available by calling Rod Hirsch at 908-255-4172. 

Somerset County / Central NJ Organizations

Animal Shelters

SAVE - A Friend to Homeless Animals

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter

Tabby's Place Cat Sanctuary (Ringoes)

Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP) (Somerville)

SU72 holds an annual frozen meal drive in February for SHIP's mobile soup kitchen.  See the SHIP website for more information about year-round volunteering opportunities including assembling plastic wear kits, ziti for the needy, and brown bag lunches.

Elijah's Promise (New Brunswick)

New Brunswick-based Soup Kitchen website is here.

Several opportunities including food drives, hygiene kits, utensil bundles, lunch bags, and snack packs. 

This counts toward Hearts of Service.

Raritan Headwaters

Attention Citizen Scientists!  Raritan Headwaters serves as the watchdog for the 470-square-mile North and South Branch Raritan watershed, a region covering 38 municipalities in New Jersey’s Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris counties.  They provide education and environmental stewardship volunteer activities.

I Support the Girls Central NJ (Pennington)

I Support the Girls collects and distributes essential items, including bras, underwear, and menstrual hygiene products.  Volunteers can host collection drives or pack "period packs" for distribution.  The "Girl Scouts Liason" for this chapter is based in Pennington. 

Pop Tab Collection for
RMH-CNNJ (New Brunswick)

An easy way to assist the wonderful mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to save all aluminum tabs from soda, seltzer, pet food, vegetable and soup cans. 

This counts toward Hearts of Service.

Somerset County Parks

Volunteer to help maintain trails at one of many Somerset County Parks

General Community Service Ideas

Click here for Community Service Craft ideas for your troop and locations where you might deliver those crafts!