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Ways to Help Girl Scouts Impacted by Hurricane Florence

Girl Scouts are resilient and strong and we are a sisterhood.  So, when a member of our community is affected, it touches us all and we take action with courage, confidence, and character, determined to make the world a better place.

In the days since Hurricane Florence, we’ve learned of members and staff experiencing loss or damage of their homes and vehicles, inability to work, and challenges coping with the devastation.  We’ve also seen first-hand that when disaster strikes, Girl Scouts are among the first to respond.  With messages of support and offers to help, Girl Scouts from across the country and members of our own council have reached out, ready to help.

The staff and members of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines are grateful for the outpouring of kindness and compassion we have received during this difficult time.  And, we are committed to providing the financial and programmatic assistance needed to ensure Girl Scouts are able to continue their Girl Scout journey, uninterrupted.  Your gifts will support our efforts to:

  1. Provide financial assistance toward expenses such as membership dues, program registration fees, and camperships to girls and volunteers impacted by the storm.
  2. Replace uniforms, books, and/or program materials lost or damaged by the storm.
  3. Provide stability for girls through the continuation of their Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

As we work to rebuild, our hearts and prayers go out to our members, communities, and partners affected by the recent hurricane. Below are some things you can do to help.

 

Ways to Help

 

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Give to Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines’ Disaster Relief Fund.  In the days and weeks ahead, your commitment to making the world a better place is needed now more than ever before.  Close to 70% of our council footprint has been declared a federal disaster area, displacing many of our Girl Scouts and Troops.  GS-NCCP’s Disaster Relief Fund was established to ensure the support and resources are available so members of our council impacted by Hurricane Florence may continue their Girl Scout experience and journey, uninterrupted.    

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Send a Hug. Troops and girls can make a difference in the life of a sister Girl Scout. Print and Decorate a Trefoil, include a special note, and/or donation check, and mail them to:  Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, Attn:  Hugs, 6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh, NC  27613 and we’ll do the rest!    

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Connect directly with impacted service units and troops to trade, share or replace troop and Girl Scout materials or simply lend a helping hand using Juliette's List our online troop-to-troop “Give or Get” gateway. Post a specific need or offer to help and watch what happens next!

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With so many losing so much, we are encouraging our members to join our #GirlScoutsGive community service campaign. During the months of October and November, we challenge every girl/troop who can, to share their G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader™) spirit through community service in support of our affected communities.

 

How You Can Request Girl Scout Assistance

 

Membership Registration Renewal and Event/Activity Registration Assistance: If you are a member of GS-NCCP and your Girl Scout or a member of your troop needs financial assistance for membership registration renewal or Girl Scout event and activity registration fees, select the option for financial assistance during the registration or renewal process.

Lost or Damaged Girl Scout Essentials Assistance:  Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is committed to providing Girl Scouts impacted by the storm with the essentials they need to resume their Girl Scout year.  Through our Supporting Your Girl Scout After the Storm program, GS-NCCP will replace essential uniform, book, insignia, and awards for Girl Scouts whose items were lost or damaged by the storm or whose families require financial support at this time.  If you prefer, you may download a copy of the form here.

 

Resources

 

As you begin to recover and rebuild, Girl Scouts of the USA has developed two program resources for girls and leaders during times of disaster.  These resources provide tips and examples of how to demonstrate leadership, have meaningful dialogs, and ways to help.

For Girls What Can a Girl Scout Do When Disaster Strikes?  A girl-friendly tip sheet that girls of all grade levels can use to channel their leadership experiences toward helping in times of disaster.

For AdultsWhat Girl Scout Leadership Looks Like in Times of Disaster.  Developed for council staff and volunteers, this resource will help adults guide girls who want to know how they can help after a disaster.

Looking for additional ways to help victims of Hurricane Florence?  Both the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army are on the ground organizations that provide shelter, food, and much-needed supplies.  We encourage you to visit their websites to learn more about their relief efforts and how you can contribute.

Girl Scouts, friends, and families.  We know this road will be long but, as is our tradition, we will continue to work together, be a sister to every Girl Scout and stand by our members.  We express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your support during this time.  Should you have any questions, please contact Connie Walker, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects at cwalker@nccoastalpines.org.