Ways Girl Guides can Serve Their Communities during the Covid-19 Pandemic

This list is made mostly for the younger girls, though certainly anyone could undertake any of these tasks and help! Older Girls like Rangers and Pathfinders may want to take on some bigger responsibilities like fostering animals, organizing PPE drives or offering to virtually tutor neighborhood kids.

CHALK YOUR WALK

Grab some chalk and hit the sidewalks and driveways to write uplifting messages for your neighbors!  Alternatively, you could create beautiful works of art on your windows to cheer up passerbys!

HELP CLEAN YOUR HOUSE

We are spending a lot more time at home right now.  That means more messes!  Ask your Adults what chores need doing, or just grab a broom and get to work!

MAKE SOME MASKS

Here’s a no sew option: https://youtu.be/ha6xEjnXO34?t=114

Here’s a sewing tutorial: https://youtu.be/Hlen_DDr8Qg

CHEER ON YOUR ESSENTIAL WORKERS!

Doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, postal workers, delivery drivers, so many people are risking their own health to make sure you stay safe and comfortable.  Time to give these people a little pick-me-up!  Draw pictures or write letters, create little care packages, make a lawn sign or put something special in your mailbox to do something to let them know how much you appreciate their hard work!

CALL A FRIEND OR RELATIVE

This one is good for your friend or relative AND for you!  During this time of social distancing and isolation, it can feel a little lonely.  Just calling to let someone know you are thinking about them is a really great way to cheer up someone’s day!

SEND SOME CHEER TO A NURSING OR RETIREMENT HOME

The elderly have suffered a great deal during this pandemic.  Not only are they at a higher risk for complications from Covid-19, but they have experienced increased and prolonged periods of social isolation.  Why not make a bunch of cards and send them to your local nursing or retirement home?  This would really cheer some people up!

SHARE BOOKS THROUGH A LITTLE LIBRARY

Take a look next time you’re walking or driving through your neighborhood, there might just be a Little Library at the end of a neighbor’s driveway!  These creative little libraries are designed to be a book exchange for your community.  Why not bring some older books you don’t need anymore and place them in the Little Library?  If you don’t find a Little Library in your community, why not make one? More info on how to do that here: Free Little Library.

FREE LITTLE PANTRY

Similar to the Little LIbrary, the Little Pantry is a place where neighbors can access or drop off non-perishable food items.  Food insecurity is growing around the country as work becomes less steady and grocery stores less stocked, this is a great way to show you care.  Just remember to animal-proof your Little Pantry!

DONATE YOUR OLD CLOTHES & TOYS

Times are tough for a lot of people because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Every little bit can help.  If you have gently-used clothes or toys you aren’t using anymore, collect them and drop them off at your nearest charity so that others may enjoy them.

HELP YOUR FRIENDS CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAYS!

We’re bummed that we can’t help our friends celebrate their birthdays with big parties right now!  It can be difficult to have a happy birthday when you can’t see your friends!  Why not find out when your friends have birthdays and make some special plans to show them you care? You can organize a car parade, drop off a secret gift at their door, make a ZOOM party, or make them an awesome virtual card.

KINDNESS ROCKS

Paint some happy scenes or happy words on a rock and plant them along the sidewalks or paths where people walk to brighten up their day (just make sure you don’t put them where anyone can trip over them!).

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