Many of you have asked how you can contribute to the recovery efforts for our sister Girl Scouts who have been impacted by the spate of this year’s hurricanes, most recently Irma and Maria. We have learned when girls experience natural disasters like this and are surrounded by recovery efforts, participating in Girl Scouts can be one way to help them, and their families, feel some sense of normalcy.
We are so happy to share the news that last week GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo, with the strong support of our National Board, has lifted fundraising restrictions to enable girls to raise money for Girl Scout recovery efforts at the councils impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria: Girl Scouts of Caribe, Girl Scouts of Citrus, Girl Scouts of Gateway, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, and Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. As we previously shared here, the fundraising ban was also lifted for those councils impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Fundraising efforts for all of the affected councils are being undertaken with the sole intent to provide membership scholarships to impacted girls. Such scholarships typically cover dues, uniforms, credentials (e.g., insignia worn on uniforms), and other Girl Scout materials. To contribute to these efforts, please visit http://www.girlscouts.org/DisasterRelief. You can give to the fund for all affected councils, which GSUSA will dispense based on need as defined by impacted membership, or you can choose a specific council.
Please note affected councils continue to ask for time to assess and focus on their specific needs and to get back up and running during this critical time. Although the councils have greatly appreciated material donations and troop offers of assistance, they are not currently in a position to process and organize such contributions. Stay tuned for more information about how GSNI troops can support these councils!