Community service is the cornerstone of Girl Scouting. Founder Juliette Gordon Low used community service as a way to help girls and young women living in the early 20th Century become active citizens outside their homes, transcend traditional societal female roles, and fight sexism.
Today, girls build courage, confidence and character, learn valuable life skills, and make the world a better place by participating in hundreds of service projects at the troop, service unit and council levels annually. Just a few examples of service projects include: tree planting, park land clean-up and beautification, food and clothing drives, aid for homeless shelters and assisted living facilities, mentoring younger Girl Scouts, and a variety of projects to benefit U.S. Soldiers, including Operation Taste of Home cookie donation program, Stockings for Soldiers, and more.
Girl Scouts' policy on fund-raising for other organizations: "Girl Scouts, in their Girl Scout capacities, may not solicit money for other organizations...Girl Scouts may not raise or solicit money for other organizations or participate in walkathons or telethons or similar activities that raise funds for other organizations. However, girls may contribute a portion of their group treasury to organizations or projects they consider worthwhile." - Standard 33, Girl Scouts Safety-Wise