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Community Service

Community service is an integral part of being a Girl Scout, providing girls with an opportunity to practice teamwork, build critical thinking skills, and empowering them to make changes in their community.

What better way for girls to learn cooperation and build friendships than working together to accomplish a single goal. Sharing their time and resources helps girls increase their self-esteem and civic responsibility.

Through participating in programs like April Showers, Seasons of Giving and Honor Troops or by earning a Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, girls are making a difference each day.

April Showers
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Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, families, and friends help individuals and families in need by participating in Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s largest community service program, April Showers. Through April Showers, Girl Scouts across eastern Missouri have helped collect over 24 million personal care items since the launch of the program in 1998. 

Thank you to all who participated in April Showers this year. Total collection numbers will be shared in the coming weeks.

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April Showers 2021

Information on all donation options can be found on the April Showers event page 

April 16-18

Door-to-Door Distribution
Girls, their leaders and families distribute sticky notes door-to-door throughout the Council’s jurisdiction.

April 24

Donation Collection
Girls return and collect donations of personal care items. These items are counted and donated to local pantries and shelters.

April 16-25

Online Registries Available
Community members will be able to purchase donations online through Walmart’s Registry for Good or Amazon’s Charity List. Donations will be shipped directly to GSEM to be distributed to participating agencies.
 

Troop/Family Resources 

April Showers Troop Participation Guide
April Showers Troop Participation Guide

Complete details of the April Showers program are available in this guide for troops/families to learn more about how to participate.

 

 

April Showers Branding Toolkit
April Showers Branding Toolkit

Explore this toolkit for information on how to promote April Showers online.

Download the social media graphics, profile frames and QR code to use in your April Showers promotions.

April Showers Stories

Do you have an awesome April Showers story to share?
Fill out this form to send the story to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s Marketing and Communications Department. 

April Showers Reporting

District or Neighborhood April Showers or Data Collection Coordinators please complete this survey for all troops in your area. 

April Showers Support

If you have any questions about the April Showers program please email Heather Eyster or call 314.592.2312.

A special thanks to:

In partnership with Operation Food Search, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has collected and distributed more than 24 million personal care items to local families and individuals in need.
Seasons of Giving

Girl Scouts make an impact through the Seasons of Giving program, which encourages all girls to participate in service activities.

Girl Scouts have the option of: (a) making gifts or (b) contributing useful items, i.e. clothing or (c) providing service to agencies of their choosing.

Girls vote on the use of troop treasury funds when purchased items are donated. Troops can contact their Neighborhood Manager or their Neighborhood Seasons of Giving Coordinator for more information about service programs for agencies in their area.

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Honor Troops

Honor Troops have the opportunity to represent the council throughout the year while volunteering for special events or activities. This may include serving as color guard or hostess for an important public meeting or promoting Girl Scout programs on TV.

Numerous community organizations who need Girl Scouts volunteers contact Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. If you would like to help Girl Scouts maintain their reputation for service in the community, become an Honor Troop.

Email the Answer Center or call 314.400.4600 for more information.