Girl Scouts of WNY celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month

Submitted Photo Chautauqua County Girl Scouts from Brownie Troop 20096 and Juniors of Troop 20096 working on their Bronze Award purchased items to make Easter Baskets for children in their community. The girls assembled over 30 baskets with candy, puzzles, stuffed animals, a chocolate bunny and other Easter-themed items for the local BackPack program at Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle.

During the month of April, Girl Scouts of Western New York is celebrating volunteers, from troop co-leaders to program volunteers! The organization wants to recognize volunteers as their most important asset. They keep everything running, they step up and take on challenges, and they fill the hearts of girls with courage, confidence, and character.

Girls that join Girl Scouts improve their sense of self, gain education and leadership skills, have better odds of increased income later in life, appreciate civic engagement, and understand the value of community service.

Volunteers help provide all of this by creating a safe, fun environment for girls to be themselves and fearlessly jump into whatever task is at hand.

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 most about their Girl Scouting experience, besides fun, friendships, and crafts, they also named their troop leader, community work, and learning new skills. All of those effectual ingredients to a great Girl Scout experience are possible through the hard work of 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,” said Judith Cranston, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York. “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, the Girl Scouts of Western New York will be acknowledging the hard work of volunteers. Their Facebook and Twitter feeds will have frequent posts thanking outstanding volunteers nominated by members of the community. They will share stories of our volunteers’ outstanding efforts throughout April to show our endless gratitude for everything they do and the Girl Scouts they’ve influenced.