Girl Scouts of all ages have a long-standing commitment to their communities, their health, and their environment. Get active with GSNEO and participate in our Council’s Year of Healthy Living, Year of Service, and Year of Green Living patch programs. Complete 6 of 9 options for each of the patch programs.
Patch Program Update!
We no longer require you to complete a reporting form, it’s ‘on my honor’ participation! Purchase your patches for all Girl participants in the GSNEO shop.
Year of Service
September - Patriot Day
Each year, the President calls upon the American people for a day of remembrance and community service on September 11. Create a patriotic service project for the American service men and women who serve our country or design a project in your community to remind others about the great things our country has to offer.
October - Make A Difference Day
Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Identify a need in your community, put together a team, and plan your project. A project can be as simple as helping a neighbor, or as ambitious as restocking a local shelter with food or clothing. The opportunities are endless!
November - Goodwill Good Turn Day
Help collect clothing and goods to support Goodwill Industries' employment placement and training programs. Collect three (3) bags of donations and/or volunteer for a shift at a donation site to earn the Good Turn Day patch. Register with the Goodwill office to receive your patch on the day of the event and to volunteer for a shift at designated donation centers. Visit gsneo.org's event page for a complete list of participating sites and registration information.
December - Meet a Holiday Need
Give the gift of friendship this holiday season. There are many ways to give joy to others. Ideas might include: sending a care package to military personnel, making holiday cards, decorating and donating a holiday tree, adopting a family in need, or collecting winter coats, gloves, and hats. Be creative and share your idea!
January - MLK Day of Service
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Join Americans across the country by coming together on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday to serve your neighbors and communities. Turn your day off of school "ON" by donating time and energy to make an impact in your community. Check out Action Guides and Tips and Tools or register your project at mlkday.gov.
February - Harvest for Hunger
Restock local food banks to help individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet. Harvest for Hunger is one of the largest annual, community-wide food drives in the nation, providing critical resources to local hunger relief organizations. Contact your local participating food bank: Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, Cleveland Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, or Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.
March - Operation: Sweet Appreciation
Operation: Sweet Appreciation sends "a taste of home" to U.S. troops deployed overseas. Team up with your cookie customers to send boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to service men and women far from home. Deliver the cookies to one of the designated drop off points and GSNEO will make arrangements with the USO and other organizations and businesses for cookie delivery. Look for more details in your cookie sale training manual.
April - National Volunteer Appreciation Month
Every day, Girl Scout volunteers make fun, friendship, and awesome new experiences possible for girls across the country. On April 22, we celebrate National Girl Scout Leader’s Day. What can we say? We love Girl Scout volunteers the most! With love, patience, and a deep dedication to enriching the lives of girls everywhere, these incredible individuals give their time every day to mentor, inspire, and help girls discover the world around them and the spark inside of them. We are beyond grateful. Show your leader how much you appreciate them this month!
May - Animals
Love a pet! Contact your local animal shelter, Animal Protective League, or humane society to volunteer your time or gather donations needed to help care for these pets. Give service this month to the animals and the animal caretakers in your community.