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Cupid Crew

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for you and your troop to reach out and show others that you care—especially those who may be alone on a day that’s all about connection!

This year, Girl Scouts is teaming up with Wish of a Lifetime from AARP for Cupid Crew 2021, a volunteer-driven effort to create cards and safely send some love to tens of thousands of older adults who are socially isolated. Locally, we have partnered with Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey to coordinate the delivery of cards to seniors across Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Even though we have to keep a safe distance, your troop can help spread joy to thousands of older adults across the country by writing Valentine’s Day cards as part of the Cupid Crew national service project.

Here's How It Works!

1. Discuss the Cupid Crew national service project with your troop.
  • Talk about how older adults may be experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation, compounded by COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Have the troop set a goal for the number of Cupid Crew valentine cards to create.
2. Create your valentines.
3. Decide where to send your troop’s cards.

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore has partnered with Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey for Cupid Crew 2021. It will handle the distribution of your cards to seniors across Monmouth and Ocean counties. Cards shared with Caregiver Volunteers must be received by Friday, February 5, to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day. Be sure you mention that you created cards as part of a Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore service project.

You can also reach out to a senior living community near you directly and ask how they’d like to receive your troop’s cards. We suggest calling the senior living community and speaking to the activities director by no later than Monday, February 8, to find out how to best coordinate your drop-off given the community’s COVID-safety practices. Consider including one of your girls on the call to share in the experience.

4. Make a plan to send or deliver your Cupid Crew cards.

If you are sending cards to Caregiver Volunteers of Central New Jersey for distribution, you can mail or drop off cards to its office on the Community Medical Center Campus. Make sure your cards are received by Friday, February 5, to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day. Be sure to mention that you created cards as part of a Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore service project.

Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey
67 Route 37 West
Riverwood #2 Building, Suite 201
Toms River, NJ 08755
732-505-2273

If you are sending or delivering cards to a community that you identify on your own, please do so by Saturday, February 13.

For a COVID-safe drop-off, we suggest:

  • All cards be delivered either with a troop leader, parent, or volunteer
  • You place your cards in an envelope or box and drop it off in front of the senior community, after getting in touch to let them know you are coming with your package 
  • When your contact comes outside to pick up the box, you all wear masks and maintain six feet of distance

If you choose to mail your cards, it's recommended that they are postmarked by Thursday, February 4, to ensure that they arrive in time and let the community know to expect the package.

5. Share A Note With Staff

 Include a note to the facility staff to let them know you’re sending cards as part of your Girl Scout troop’s participation in the Cupid Crew national service project.

 

Once your troop has completed this service project, remember to:

  • Inspire others to give back! Post a photo of your troop, your cards, or your delivery to your social networks using the hashtags #GirlScoutsGiveBack and #CupidCrew. Be sure to tag @girlscoutsjs, @girlscouts and @wishofalifetime too!
  • After your troop has completed your cards, share your story with GSUSA to help track Girl Scouts’ nationwide impact through service.
  • If you wish to recognize your troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this Girl Scouts Give Back patch.

For all National Service Project activities taking place during COVID-19, please make sure that your troop complies with health and safety guidelines given by the CDC, your local government, and your local Girl Scout council.

Check out the resources for this project:

Tips for Girls (PDF)
Cupid Crew Valentine’s Day Card Template (PDF)
Note to Facility Staff (PDF)

Wish of a Lifetime from AARP’s mission is to shift the way society views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’ dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages.  Learn more about   Wish of a Lifetime from AARP   or follow @wishofalifetime on social media.

Girl Scouts thanks Sodexo Seniors for their continued support of our national service projects.