The Impact of a Volunteer: The Girl Scout Difference

Girl Scouts makes a difference. That’s the whole point behind our Girl Scout Difference campaign and what we’re so passionate about sharing. We want people to know there’s a reason we remain girl-only; we have the time-tested and research-backed programming that tells us this is the best space for her to grow.

But to accomplish this, we need you.

We’re able to offer girls the opportunities to build robotic arms and create shelters in the wilderness because of our volunteers. Our caring adult mentors and strong female role models help shape the environment for our girls. Girl Scouts makes a difference because of our volunteer partners.

As a volunteer, you’ll see the proven results of how girls thrive in these five ways …

  Develop a strong sense of self.

  Seek challenges and learn from setbacks.

  Display positive values.

  Form and maintain healthy relationships.

  Identify and solve problems in the community.

… and you’ll know you had a hand in helping them get there.

It’s about more than just being there for the girls. Girl Scout volunteers tell us about the personal rewards they’ve encountered, like making new friends, enjoying new experiences, and even learning new things right along with their troop.

Girl Scouts doesn’t just make a difference in our girls’ lives, it will make a difference in yours.

Contrary to popular belief, you can volunteer even if you don’t have children. You can volunteer if you’re a man. We have roles beyond troop leader; we need people to help transport the children, manage cookie sales, assist at meetings, speak at events, and everything in between.

Just like the potential we see in our girls, there’s no limit to what you can do as a volunteer for Girl Scouts.

STEM Training for Adults!

It’s hard to believe that our 2017-2018 membership year is winding down. Then again, it’s hard to believe how fast 2018 is going! As October approaches, we’ve begun to assemble our new programming for next year.

While most of our opportunities are for the girls, like trips to Maine and hockey days, we do have something scheduled that is extra special for adults.

One of Girl Scouts main objectives is getting more girls involved in STEM, both as children and professionally. This year, GSUSA added 30 new STEM badges to help push this cause. Our girls have more opportunities than ever to experience science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. While this is spectacular, you as a leader might be feeling overwhelmed. We’re here to help.

To aid in your understanding, we’re holding training for adults around the council. From October to April, you can pick a time and location that works for you!

STEM Adult Lab Learning

Volunteer with Girl Scouts

Our mission at Girl Scouts is simple – build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. It’s the driving force behind everything that we do. As passionate as we are, we cannot accomplish our mission alone.

We need volunteers to partner with us in creating a better future for girls and empowering the next generation of female leaders. Together, we can help our girls become G.I.R.L.s, or go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders.

This partnership is more than just asking women to lead a troop. In fact, we need both men and women to help us in a variety of roles. It can look like co-leading a troop, but it can also be a troop helper (think driving and chaperoning), coordinating cookie sales, mentoring adult volunteers, working at our camps, speaking at an event, etc.

Your commitment can be an hour, a month, a year, and anything between or beyond that. Girls just need people like you willing to sacrifice their time to show them they can do more than they thought possible.

Plus, as a volunteer, you can change her world and your own. Ninety-two percent of volunteers learn new skills they can apply to their own life. Sixty-five percent note how it helped them advance professionally. Eighty-eight percent like how it keeps them active. A huge 94 percent say they’ve made new friends. And those are just statistics! Here are the reasons why our volunteers do what they do:

“I want to help my community and teach young girls in my community to be strong, independent women who are willing to put others before their own wants.”

“I am an advocate for the many benefits of Scouting and want girls everywhere to be able to succeed in all of their endeavors.”

“I truly enjoy spending time with our young ladies and teaching them, supporting them, being a mentor to them, and enjoying their candidness and eagerness to learn.”

“I LOVE watching their excitement, sense of WOW and wonder and and their pride at belonging to this special sisterhood.” 

Those are just four testimonials of the many we could share.

Girl Scouts are so much more than cookies, badges, campfires, and friendship bracelets. Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. These are the traits that define girls of courage, confidence, and character. Being a G.I.R.L. is in the DNA of being a Girl Scout.

Simply put, our girls need you, just as you are, to help how you can. No matter your age, gender, or background, it can be part of your DNA, too. Join us in empowering female leaders today.

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month!

We try to celebrate our amazing volunteers as often as possible, but once a year we take an entire month to make it our focus. April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and we’re excited to let our volunteers know how special they are.

Without volunteers, our passion to empower G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders) would fall short. We need our troop leaders, service unit managers, event volunteers and everyone in between to further our mission of developing girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

All month long we’ll take the time to shout out specific volunteers and thank everyone who gives their time to help the girls in our council. Girl Scout Leader Day is April 22, and it kicks off Volunteer Week!

Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with all of the activities and of course, if you’re one of our volunteers THANK YOU!

 

It’s Snow Much Fun to be a Girl Scout! 2018 Service Unit Recruitment Contest

Instead of letting the winter weather cool us down, we’re embracing the fact that it’s ‘snow’ much fun to be a Girl Scout! Now through March 2, the Girl Scouts of Western New York Council is holding a recruitment contest for our service units!

 

Snow Much Fun Recruitment Contest updated FINAL (002)

The rules are simple – plan a service unit recruitment or bring-a-friend event through March 2 and you’re automatically entered for a chance to win a $200 GSWNY shop certificate or store gift card. The best part? You can hold as many events as you’d like and receive an additional entry for each one! The winner will be selected at random and announced on March 5.

The key is to fill out this form for your entry in the contest > Snow Much Fun Recruitment Contest Form.

Even better – new troops can win as well! The first 10 new troops formed (with five new, registered girls and two registered, approved, and trained co-leaders) will win a $50 GSWNY shop gift certificate.

Let’s beat the winter blues and show more girls why Girl Scouts is the right organization for them!