Throughout the year, Girl Scouts all over our region are engaged in a wide range of community service activities – contributing to their communities as individuals, and as part of a troop. Girl Scouts are encouraged to connect with one another, and to reach out to those in need.
Two very successful community service projects involve all Girl Scouts in our council.
- Project Undercover
- For more than 15 years, Project Undercover has been GSRI's annual council service project. Each year in the fall, girls throughout the council collect underwear, socks and diapers for the 40,000 children in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts who live in poverty or encounter emergency situations. Project Undercover arranges distribution through area social service agencies. Over two million items have been collected and distributed. For more information, visit www.projectundercover.net.
- Cookie Sale Service Project
- Girl Scout troops may elect – at the end of each Girl Scout Cookie Sale – to make a contribution to a charitable organization selected by the council. Previous years' recipients include Operation Support Our Troops, Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, RISPCA's Marvin's Fund and most recently,The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.
The 2013 council-wide service project beneficiary was the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart and Hope Fund, whose mission is to provide an environment where kids with heart disease and congenital heart defects can have fun while learning life skills that will help them navigate the challenges of living with cardiac conditions. At the end of the 2013 Cookie Sale, GSRI presented a check in the amount of $6,415 to the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart and Hope Fund. Way to go, girls!
Our 2014 council-wide service project beneficiary is The Matty Fund.
Girl Scouts of Rhode Island believes that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout should be a Girl Scout.
In various urban communities in Rhode Island and southeastern MA, girls can become part of after-school troops or take advantage of six-week summer sessions, the costs of which are subsidized by corporate and other private foundations. Last year alone, generous contributions enabled 1,300 girls from urban communities in RI and MA to become Girl Scouts.
You, too, can support our Urban Outreach efforts by making a donation online.