Northern Canada Mini Projects is a Facebook group where the moderator posts wish lists from small community organizations, such as shelters, schools, soup kitchens etc. in the far north (mostly Nunavut). She then invites Canadians to sign up to fulfill these wish lists. The lists vary based on the needs of each community and organization. For example, my Guide unit recently donated craft supplies to a new day care in a small norther hamlet and personally, I’ve sent socks for a local fundraiser sale. I think many units would find worth while service projects among the lists.
Student Rebuild is an organization that releases yearly art project service projects. Many Guiders have found this a straight forward way to get younger girls to take action for a better world. This year they are focusing on the Ocean. The encourage groups to join them in discussing issues that are effecting the ocean such as global warming, over fishing and pollution. Make a sea creature out of paper or recycled materials. Submit the art to them either by mailing it or digitally. For each piece of art received, a private family foundation will make a $2 donation to partner organizations that work on ocean ecosystem issues.
The next Make a Difference Day on the schedule in Earth Day. National has released an instant meeting for those looking to mark it with their unit.
You can find the instant meetings here. There are separate meetings for each branch. Each meeting has an opening and closing activity and activities under two themes: “Healthy Earth, Healthy Us” and “Share and Protect”.
The International Day of the Girl isn’t a Make a Difference Day this year, but if you still want to mark it with your unit you can complete the WAGGGS #teamgirl challenge for 2017. This year’s focus is on the right to education of Girls around the world.
Before doing this challenge you may want to review the new Advocacy Guidelines.
The is a “letter from Hogwarts” making the rounds that might really help younger Guides understand what is lost when girls aren’t able to attend school. It seemed quite timely to me as it came across my social media feed just after I was reading the #teamgirl challenge. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Waitlist
I missed this instant meeting for World Hunger Day while I was taking my break last Spring. But the activities fit in nicely with some of the goals of NSP: Action on Poverty, so the meeting will still be relevant this fall.
The instant meeting is designed to get girls thinking about the causes of hunger. It has an opening and closing activity and 7 other suggested activities to pick from to round out your meeting. I think all the actives look great and I will definitely be using this material at some point during the Guiding year.
I would like to draw attention the fact mentioned at the beginning of the Instant meeting “According to Food Banks Canada, about 13 per cent of Canadians struggle with food insecurity and do not have access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food.” It is more then possible that a girl in your unit is living with food insecurity or has done so in the past.
The Kindness Rocks Project is a art/service project that would fit right if your unit has been working on challenges like Be You or Mighty Minds. It is also a really simple and lovely idea. Take rocks, paint them and write inspiring messages on them. Then place them back outside where someone who needs to hear that message might come across them.
The project organizers ask that you Instagram photos of your rocks once you have completed them with the haste tag #TheKindnessRocksProject so that you may inspire other people to join the project.
This week we worked on the National Service Project: Action on Poverty
For a month leading up to this meeting, we’ve been sending home requests for donations of small toiletries and items such as gloves and socks. Several of the Guiders hosted parties while we were gathering donations and suggested our guests bring a donation rather then a hostess gift. We received some very generous donations.
We started the meeting with a guest speaker from an organization that works with under housed and at risk women in the Toronto area. She spoke to girls about the work her organization does and the clients they work with.
Then the girls assembled make a difference bags from the donations. We used clear ziplock bags to hold the items but decorated them with stickers.
We ended the meeting with the Factors Leading To Poverty activity from the Action on Poverty Instant meeting. The activity was well received by the girls and lead to some thoughtful discussion.