Girl Scouts of Western New York is celebrating volunteers from troop co-leaders to program volunteers throughout April.
The organization wants to recognize volunteers as its important asset. The volunteers keep things running, and they step up and take on challenges.
Girls that join Girl Scouts can improve their sense of self, can gain education and leadership skills, can appreciate civic engagement and understand the value of community service. Volunteers help provide this by creating a safe environment for girls to be themselves.
Girl Scouts look to the volunteers around them and see the impact of taking charge. Currently, nationwide Girl Scouts has over 800,000 adult members that work primarily in a volunteer capacity. Many Girl Scout alumnae observed that it was in Scouts that they first were introduced to the world outside of their immediate environment and exposed to those in need.
When girls were asked what positive aspects they enjoyed about their Girl Scouting experience, they named their troop leader, community work and learning new skills. The effectual ingredients to a Girl Scout experience are possible through the volunteers.
“On this day and every day, we are thankful for our volunteers who selflessly give of their time, talent and treasure to help inspire the next generation of female leaders,” CEO Judith Cranston said. “It is important that we pause during the month of April to thank and acknowledge the great work of our volunteers who positively impact girls’ lives each and every day.”
For National Volunteer Appreciation month, Girl Scouts of Western New York will be acknowledging the work of volunteers. Its Facebook and Twitter feeds will have frequent posts thanking volunteers nominated by members of the community. It will share stories of its volunteers’ efforts throughout April to show its gratitude.
For information, visit gswny.org.