Step 2: Take Action Vs. Short-Term Project
After the girls have determined one or more problems in their community, and some potential resources for helping with the problem, it is time to create the Take Action project. While some community service projects address the immediate needs in the community and are important, they only help for a short period of time. Take Action projects are lasting service projects that make long-term change. To create this long term change, follow these two guidelines.
A Take Action project should be:
a. Measurable — The success of the project can be determined based on the number of people the project helped, the number of people who were involved, any reduction in the community's need and other concrete numbers.
b. Sustainable — Girls should make arrangements to ensure that the project creates lasting change and is not a one-time event. Girls can do this by collaborating with community leaders and/or organizations; building alliances with mentors, or other ways.
Short-term projects are important parts of the community, and your troop may still participate in and plan these projects. However, in order to make a lasting difference in our community, Girl Scouts can also do Take Action projects that will give girls the chance to make the world a better place!
Issue Short Term Project
(one-time effort: has short-term impact)
Take Action Project
(long-term benefits and sustainable support)
Local food pantry needs help Collect nonperishable food through a food drive at school Collect food and also develop a recipe book of nutritious food using simple ingredients — find local printing company to print several copies and give original to the food pantry to make more when needed
Local animal shelter needs supplies and volunteers Hold food and toy drive in community Hold drive and create a marketing campaign — posters, radio spots, flyers, etc — encouraging community to donate supplies and time to the shelter. Give all marketing materials to the shelter for use in future drive
An unisured family's home is destroyed by a fire Collect clothes, household goods and food for the family Work with a local Habitat for Humanity and organize a work group to rebuild the family's home