Community Service

Richardson Bay Service Unit consistently is involved in many community service projects at the troop level and at the Service Unit level.

Richardson Bear Service Patch Program

Richardson Bear Service Patch Program This program is unique to the Richardson Bay Service Unit. Earn a cool patch for doing good deeds!  For more info on the program, contact Pamela Becker.

Girls must complete the following number of projects to earn the patch. The service areas are Home, Troop/School, Service Unit/Council, Community, Country and World. If you need ideas for the different service categories, please ask me for a list.

Daisies – service in 3 of the service areas.

Brownie - service in 4 of the service areas.

Juniors - service in 5 of the service areas.

Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors - service in each of the 6 service areas.
To earn the second year (or beyond) award, a Scout must complete the same # of projects, but only 2 of the previous year’s projects can be repeated. The others must be different.
To get your patches, complete the attached form and return to the Community Service Coordinator by May (forms are also attached below)
Richardson Bear Service Patch Program Service Ideas
Richardson Bear Service Patch Program Form

The deadline to submit forms is April 30th.  This will guarantee receipt of patches before the end of school. For forms submitted after this date, patches will not be available until after the school year is over. Please e-mail completed forms to Pamela Becker at Feel free to call me with any questions at 415-730-4905.


Projects and Organizations

Marin Human Race - The Marin Human Race is the largest collaborative fundraising event in Marin County. Participants walk/run a 5K course at the Marin Civic Center and collect donations in support of local nonprofit agencies and schools. Last year, over 4,000 people attended, and raised $285,000 for 78 local organizations. Help make this year’s race the best one yet by supporting our staff with logistics! Volunteers are needed on the two days prior to the event and on race day itself to complete the following:


Ø  Distribute bibs and t-shirts

Ø  Register runners

Ø  Manage water and refreshment stations

Ø  Lead the children’s races

Ø  Set-up, break-down and more!


Go to for information on how to volunteer for this wonderful event.


Volunteer Marin – Looking for ways to continue volunteering over the summer? Check out the calendar at


SF-Marin Food Bank – As a fun troop activity, please consider spending a couple of hours in the warehouse in either San Francisco or Novato helping to sort donations. This is a fun group activity! Visit the website to sign up.



Ritter Center - Ritter Center was established in 1980 to respond to the needs of Marin County’s low-income residents. All agency programs focus on providing highly professional services with respect and compassion. Ritter Center has a wide variety of needs throughout the year and we will highlight different needs each month. Contact Shaun Marshall 415-457-8182 ext. 109 or prior to starting a collection.

Ø  May - Lightly worn boots, sneakers, Tevas, and clogs (11-12 Men, 8-9 women), used adult-sized backpacks.

Ø  June - Sun Screen, Baseball caps, Aloe Vera Gel, Chapstick with SPF, Water bottles, Sunglasses, Flip Flops.

Ø  Back to School – Binders, Backpacks/Book bags, Books, Pencils & Pens, Rulers, Notebooks, Department store gift cards.


Donate old towels to help injured wildlife and rescued pets – there are many organizations in the Bay Area that help lost and injured pets and wildlife. Please consider collecting old towels to donate to one of the following organizations or to your favorite animal rescue group. Towels should not be frayed nor have any holes.

Ø  Wildcare – towel donations can be dropped off at the front desk (76 Albert Park Ln., San Rafael).

Ø  Marine Mammal Center – medium-sized towels (approximately 22x44 inches) are requested and can be dropped off at the front desk (2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito).

Ø  Marin Humane Society towel donations can be dropped off at the front office any day except Monday (171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato).

Why not use Troop Profits to Buy a Brick for Scout Hall?
Donations of $250 or more can be acknowledged with an inscribed patio brick, to be installed at Scout Hall. Whether you prefer to make your brick purchase by mail, using a downloaded form, or online, using the donate button on the website listed at the end of the section below allows you to complete a Buy-A-Brick form to insure that your donation is properly acknowledged and inscribed.

Restore Scout Hall
An aging landmark needs your help:
Like any other 100-year-old, Scout Hall is showing its age and Scout Hall’s Board of Directors has initiated a $1.2 million capital campaign to renovate the aging landmark. Recent inspections show the need for:
 Foundation repairs
 Structural and dry rot repairs
 Seismic upgrades
 A new mechanical system
 A new roof
 A fire sprinkler system throughout the entire building.
 ADA compliant restrooms

The dream:
Beyond the required repairs listed above, the hope is that our fundraising efforts will enable us to make these significant design improvements to the building:
 A new commercial kitchen is planned, with design services
          donated by a local benefactor.
 The ceiling in the main room will be eliminated, allowing natural
          light to enter the main room through new skylights.
 A new roof support system will allow the elimination of the current
          support pillars in the main room.

Benefits of the restoration:
The renovation project will integrate “green” sustainable design strategies that promote healthy environments, reduce energy consumption, and offer long-term cost benefits.
In addition to accommodating the growing number of youth groups requesting use of our facility, the renovations will provide greater access for those with disabilities, and will create a safe and welcoming environment that will serve our community’s youth well into the future.
Once the renovations are complete, the Red Cross has announced plans to designate Scout Hall a class 2 emergency shelter to serve evacuees in the event of fire or earthquake in Mill Valley.
Will you help with an important gift to our community?
Local families and organizations have pledged or donated architectural plans and drawings, a new roof cover, and a new commercial kitchen.
A local Family Foundation has generously offered a $240,000 matching challenge grant, which we have met with donations of more than 500 families and friends of youth who have benefited from their experiences at Scout Hall, and from the youth themselves. Will you help?
Visit the website to make a donation:

Richardson Bay Service Patch Program

Each month RBSU details a list of community service ideas that you can do with your troop. Please attend the monthly Leader meeting or contact Pamela Becker ( to get the list or to suggest recommendations for future projects.

What RBSU troops are doing...

Troop  30628

 We just shipped 26 pounds of Halloween candy to overseas military as part of Operation Gratitude – that’s roughly 3 pounds per girl, so pretty impressive!  And we are organizing a One Warm Coat Drive at Tam Valley Elementary in December.  

 Troop  30453

 We made 6 blankets out of fleece for cats to be adopted at Jake's Place based out of Sausalito.

Made a meal for Homeward Bound.

Troop 31972

Worked as volunteers at the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Walk/Run, handing out t-shirts and cheering on the runners.

                                      Other community service ideas..

Project Linus

Their mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Center for Domestic Peace

This organization provides;
  • Emergency Shelter for battered women and children,
  • Second Step Transitional Programs to women who need support while beginning new lives free of violence,
  • Women’s Support Groups & Advocacy Services,
  • Men’s Programs for reeducation of abusive males,
  • Public Policy & Legal Assistance to help domestic violence victims,
  • Community Change Programs.
    Ideas For Women in Shelters: Toiletry Kits
    Ideas For Kids in Shelters: Birthday in a Bag (get list of suggested items from Karen)

Ronald McDonald House
RMHC has developed three core programs to help families in need: Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

Local Ronald McDonald House
1640 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-673-0891 Fax: 415-673-1335

Ways your troop can help:
  • Toy & Food Donation
  • Pop Tab Collection Program
  • RMHC Canister Program


Matrix is a parent-run information and resource center helping families of children with special needs (birth through age 26) in Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

Recycle for Matrix!
Instead of putting your plastic/glass bottles and aluminum cans marked CA deposit in your big blue recycling bin, bring them to our office during the workday on Fridays -- we'll recycle them for you and the money will fund Matrix programs. It's an easy, earth-friendly way to support families in your community. Coming to the Matrix office on another day? Please e-mail or call Brenda at 415-475-2118 or to make arrangements to bring them in when you’re coming so you don't have to make a separate trip. We appreciate your efforts!.

We also recycle computer ink and toner cartridges, cell phones, and lap tops, so feel free to drop these off at your convenience. Your “waste” can be transformed into our programs!

To Kids From Kids

Individuals of all ages may participate in this project to benefit children who are in the social services system, usually because of abuse. A wide range of gifts are needed but due to the sensitive circumstances, violent-theme toys are inappropriate.

Volunteer Needed:
At the present time TKFK is seeking an adult volunteer to host our project in Marin County. Please contact our project coordinator to learn more about hosting this this short term Girl Scout holiday service project in your county.

Color A Smile

Color A Smile  collects crayon drawings from school children.
Every month we distribute these drawings to Nursing Homes,
Meals on Wheels Programs, and Individuals all across the country.
Our goal is to make people smile!
Visit the website for coloring pages to download.

Books for the Barrios

BOOKS for the BARRIOS is truly "a project of the heart!" Help us keep making a difference. We have a variety of ways for you to get involved. From donations to volunteering to joining our staff, there are so many opportunities for you or your group to positively impact the lives of children in impoverished and under-educated areas around the world.

Visit the website for a current list of needed art supplies, books, athletic gear, etc.

Marin Food Bank


Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Every Week, Year Round!


Job: Boxing fresh produce. This produce comes from growers in California and arrives weekly in big cardboard totes. Once boxed it is distributed to the seven emergency food pantries in Marin. The pantries distribute it to families in need.

The Food Bank receives nearly 25,000 pounds of this fresh produce monthly, so on-going volunteers are needed

Requirement: Anyone under 15 years of age must be with an adult.

Call: The Food Bank. 883-1302

Ritter Center

Get Matched to a Family with the
Family to Family Holiday Program
This program has provided holiday cheer to low income families and individuals in Marin since 1987. This program matches donors with needy families, seniors and disabled persons. Each donor participant receives a profile of their recipient family and their wish list.

Newborns in Need

Donate purchased items, have a baby item drive (ie stuffed animals, clothing, etc,) knit, sewn, or crocheted items

Park Conservancy

We have special events scheduled throughout the year. Individuals and Groups are welcome. No commitment or training necessary.

Come out and enjoy a fun and worthwhile day in the parks!

For more information, contact us at (415) 561-3077 or

One Warm Coat

Donate a Coat, Or Organize a Coat Drive!
Our goal is to provide any person in need with a warm coat, free of charge. Providing this simple yet vital need helps people live productive lives year round.

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound is the chief provider of transitional and long-term housing and support services for homeless people in Marin County. We provide a safe place to stay for approximately 1,500 people, including about 200 children, each year in 10 residential programs. All our services, including job training, counseling and education, aim at "opening doors to safety, dignity, hope and independence."

Homeward Bound of Marin depends on volunteers for help with everything from child care to room renovation, gardening and cooking.
Visit to find out about the latest volunteer opportunities.

Ways your troop can help:

  • Help Improve Our Facilities
  • Prepare and Serve Meals
  • Child Care

Special Olympics

Volunteers are the backbone of our program. Currently over 14,000 people in Northern California have discovered the rewards of working with a Special Olympics athlete. Because our program is year round, help is valuable at any time. There is a place in Special Olympics for volunteers of all ages, abilities, interests and schedules. Contact us to learn more about getting involved!

Heifer International

Heifer's Mission to End Hunger

Heifer envisions…
A world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet.

Heifer’s mission is…
To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.

Heifer's strategy is…
To “pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.

Heifer’s History
This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 60 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance and hope.

Nepalese Youth

The Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF) is a U.S. based nonprofit organization devoted to bringing hope to the most destitute children in the beautiful but impoverished Himalayan country of Nepal. With a personal touch, we provide them with what should be every child's birthright - education, housing, medical care, and loving support. Empowered to reach their potentials, these children blossom, enriching the world we all share.

Our partners in this work are private foundations and individuals around the world and non-governmental organizations in Nepal. Because dollars go far in Nepal, we can literally change lives for pennies a day.

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