The Chatham Girl Scout community will be hosting its annual “Day of Service” on Saturday, March 7. This year’s event aims to raise awareness and promote advocacy for those who are experiencing homelessness. 

Over 280 Chatham Girl Scouts (ages 5-18) will come together on Saturday to share the work they have done in support of the cause. Additionally, guest speakers from Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity and the Morris Community Soup Kitchen will address the group.

A committee of troop leaders worked together to coordinate the day. The committee designated a local organization for each age level of Girl Scouts to support. Each troop leader then went on to work with their troop to create projects that will support their partner organizations.

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During the past month, girls have set up collections, raised funds and raised awareness. Many of the troops have used the proceeds from their cookie sales to help purchase items to donate. We have also had great support from the local community in helping the girls reach their goals. The generosity has been incredible! The troops held numerous collections around town at the Chatham Library, Purple Aardvark, Madison YMCA, CMS, LAF, the Municipal building and Scoops (Thanks for the delicious Thin Mint Sundae!). We are grateful for their support.

Daisys (Grades K-1) Supported NourishNJ (Formerly Morris Community Soup Kitchen). The girls have collected items to assemble Breakfast Bags and Birthday in a Bag kits. Many of the troops also toured the soup kitchen to gain a better awareness of their needs. The girls also plan to make fleece blankets which will be donated to Bridges Outreach.

 Brownies  (Grades 2-3) Supported Bridges Outreach. The girls have collected items to assemble Hygiene kits and  “Cold weather kits” which include socks and reusable water bottles and will be distributed to those in need in Irvington, Newark and New York city. The Brownies will also be assembling sustainable lunch bags to donate to Bridges as well.

Juniors  (Grades 4-5) Supported Covenant House and Homeless Solutions. They collected toiletry items to assemble and donate to the organizations. Each kit will also include a personal note of kindness written by the girls..

Cadettes (Grades 6-8)  Supported Family Promise with their “Cadettes for a Cause" theme. The 6th-grade troops collected and will assemble and donate toiletry kits. The 7th-grade troops ran a Blanket drive and the 8th-grade troops went to Family Promise daycare center to help clean and organize the facility. Additionally, they collected hats, gloves, scarves and socks to donate to Family Promise. 

 Seniors and Ambassadors  (Grades 9-12) Supported Habitat for Humanity. The grade girls worked at the Habitat Restore Store in Randolph. Troops participated in a Habitat for Humanity House build on Saturday, Feb. 29. The group is also participating in an online Construction Material Drive and has raised over $900 in construction materials.

About our partners:

Nourish NJ creates lasting solutions to the problems of hunger, homelessness and poverty. They offer food, housing, work readiness, medical, social and educational services 365 days a year in a warm, safe and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked. 

Bridges Outreach ends homelessness through volunteer-driven outreach and individual case management focusing on health, housing and independence. They form relationships with those experiencing homelessness while meeting their most urgent needs.

Covenant House New Jersey provides comprehensive residential care and related services to help New Jersey’s youth who have suffered from abuse, neglect, abandonment, homelessness, and human trafficking build a life for themselves that is good. They journey with young people from the streets, to Residential Crisis Centers, to transitional living homes, and on to independent living in the community to help them break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Family Promise helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.

They recognize that poverty is a complex problem that requires a multifaceted response. They respond by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers. They provide food, shelter, and support services for homeless families. They provide advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. And they educate people about poverty and the means to combat it.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization and an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International which is headquartered in Americus, Georgia. Habitat for Humanity provides technical assistance, but each affiliate operates independently raising its own funds, finding its own sites and selecting its own families. Each affiliate tithes to Habitat for Humanity to assist in building efforts worldwide.

Homeless Solutions Providing a Hand Up, Not a Handout

They offer shelter, services, and supportive housing to the homeless and working poor in Morris County, New Jersey.