April is Volunteer Appreciation Month. Below you can find different resource to have girls and adults to show their appreciation for all of the hard work Girl Scout Volunteers and Leaders do for them throughout the year.
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois recognizes volunteers, girls and community partners in a variety of ways. Our members and communities change the world for girls across our council. Because of them, our girls are one step closer to their true potential.
Below you can find the amazing ways GSNI recognizes our members and community partners. Don't forget to nominate an awesome volunteer when Adult Recognition nominations opens up in early January.
April is Volunteer Appreciation!
Printable Thank You Cards
GSUSA's Volunteer Appreciation Resources
Every day, our volunteers provide girls with the environment they need to pursue the interests, causes, and leadership roles that matter most to them. Girls are learning from them that being scientists, CEOs, and advocates for social change are paths they can take to make a difference in the world. Under their guidance, girls are standing up, standing out, and standing tall in every aspect of their lives.
GSNI's Recognition Committee reviews each and every Adult Recognition Nomination that is submitted in mid-February. If you would like to join the Recognition Committee, email Customercare@girlscoutsni.org with the email subject: Recognition Committee.
Those who receive one of our Adult Recognition Awards will be honored at GSNI's Annual Recognition Event each year.
Nominations are now open. Don't forget nominations close on February 1.
Annual Nomination Process
GSNI's Hall of Fame
Thanks Badge II
Volunteer of Excellence
GSNI's Board of Directors established the Community
Partnership Award as a way to recognize special donors or
organizations that have significantly supported GSNI to better serve
our girls and volunteers. Donors or organizations who recieve this
award are recognized at GSNI's Annual Meeting each year in
Nomination is currently OPEN! All nominations must be received by February 28 at 11:59 pm.
Girl Paths of Leadership
Girl Scouts is a place where girls can find their inner leader! Throughout the different levels of Girl Scouting, girls are able to explore what type of leader they are whether it is to lead a group of younger girls during a meeting or in the outdoors.
Check out GSNI's Community Service Leadership page for a list of different girl leadership awards Girl Scout Juniors through Girl Scout Ambassadors can earn throughout their Girl Scout experience.
The Volunteer Spotlight Award is a GSNI council staff-nominated award and recognition blog highlighting our exceptional volunteers with a gift and story. This is awarded monthly to volunteers who have contributed outstanding service by either integrating or modeling The Three Processes (girl led, learn by doing, cooperative learning) into their Girl Scout volunteer role, or by going above and beyond the position’s expectations by supporting our council’s mission-delivery goals.
Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. GSNI takes pride in honoring all of our Girl Scouts who achieves one of our highest awards: Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.
If you have a girl who is interested in earning one or all three of the highest awards, check our our Highest Awards page to get started!
Girls who earn the Gold Award are recognized at GSNI's Annual Forever Green Ceremony during the Annual Recognition Event in April every year.
President's Volunteer Service Award
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is a certifying
organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. The
President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens
and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who
have achieved the required number of hours of service during a
specified time frame.
Hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. For GSNI, hours must be completed between February 1, 2022 to February 1, 2023 to be honored at GSNI's Annual Recognition Event in April 2023.
For more information on eligiblity, criteria, hours and timeline for each level of the President's Volunteer Service Award, please download GSNI's President's Volunteer Service Award guidelines and log.
For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title: President's Volunteer Service Award.
Service Unit Recognition
There are several ways Service Units can recognize their volunteers and girls locally. Below you can find resources for Service Unit Recognition Chairs to share with their Service Unit Teams as they plan their recognition activities for the year.
If you have an idea on how to recognition volunteers and girls at the service unit level, please submit ideas to email@example.com with the subject line: Service Unit Recognition Idea.
Service Unit Recognition Chair Training
Resources for Adult Recognition
Resources for Girl Recognition