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I Can’t Wait to…Invest in Girls

November 11, 2014

By Addie Moody, Fund Development Coordinator

 

It’s “Back to Troop” time, and that means thousands of girls and their leaders across eastern and central North Carolina are in the process of planning a year of fun, adventure, and service. As a former membership director, I know how exciting this time of year is for our girls and our leaders. There is so much to prepare, so much to be excited about, and so much to hope for…

And this “Back to Troop” season, as the new Fund Development Coordinator, I’m encouraging you to add just one little thing to your list this year: Help provide the Girl Scout experience to other girls by making a gift to the Family Partnership Campaign.

What is the Family Partnership Campaign? Great question! The Family Partnership Campaign is a means for us to raise critical funds that stay within Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines and directly support girls and Girl Scout programming.

However, our Family Partnership Campaign is more than just a fundraiser. It is an opportunity for our Girl Scout family – and the family of our Girl Scouts – to say, “I support Girl Scouts. I believe in what we accomplish together and I appreciate the experiences that Girl Scouting has afforded my girl.”

Who are the chief investors in the Family Partnership Campaign? You are our closest stakeholder – our troop leaders, volunteers, and Girl Scout families.

Troop Leaders support the campaign because they’ve seen the power of Girl Scouting first hand as they watch their girls grow. They also know that supporting Family Partnership means making sure that the program is sustainable for more girls down the road.

Families give too because they have seen the positive benefits firsthand. They know their gift helps ensure that a strong Girl Scout program continues for their daughter, granddaughter, neighbor, or niece. They are grateful for a program that is helping their girls grow strong, capable, and confident.

What does my gift support? Gifts to the Family Partnership Campaign support a range of programs and opportunities: camp properties and programs, girl programs, volunteer support and trainings, and provide financial assistance to girl and adult members who would not otherwise benefit from Girl Scouting. Moreover, your gift supports the Girl Scout experience for the girl in your life. No matter what programs she has participated in, she has been touched by the Family Partnership Campaign.

How much should I give? Any size gift will make a difference and says you support the future of Girl Scouting. Just $15 covers the cost of membership for one of our Girl Scouts who receives financial aid from our Council. A larger gift of $250 can send a girl to a week-long summer camp that will change her life forever.

A gift to the Family Partnership Campaign is an expression of your commitment to investing in leaders now, and in the future. So, as you prepare your girl for this upcoming Girl Scout year, please consider becoming an investor today and providing those opportunities to another girl!

Make your donation today!

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WHY WE NEED TO SUPPORT GIRL SCOUTS TODAY

October 8, 2014

By Lois “Lofi” Hirshman, alumna and volunteer

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Volunteer LofiLofi celebrates her 77th year as a Girl Scout today, October 10th. Her Girl Scout career includes time as a girl in Pennsylvania, a leader in New York, and a beloved volunteer in Chapel Hill. In addition, Lofi makes a yearly contribution to Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines. We asked her why she supports our girls, and here’s what she wrote.

When I go into Girl Scout troops today, I ask the girls what is the best thing about Girl Scouts. The answer always comes out FRIENDSHIPS and CAMPING.

What are the girls telling us? They’re saying…

“In this Facebook age, technology cannot replace the face to face experiences of life. We need both.”

Because Girl Scouting is a movement, we change with the needs of the girls we serve, and those needs are dictated by the girls. The Girl Scouting of today is very different than when I came into it in 1937. Today, girls want more technology and business skills along with the traditional camping, singing, and – of course – fun. The new program is doing this. Through its new technical badges, it’s concentration on building the 3 C’s courage, confidence, and character, and developing a basic understanding of business skills through the cookie program.

I also hear our girls say they want a place to be just girls. Girl Scouting is the only all-girl group that gives the girl many areas to examine toward her future life work and hobbies. This is one thing that has not changed.

Lady Baden-Powell, The World Chief Guide, always called Girl Scouting and Guiding a game. We only have to look to our Law and Promise for the rules of Our Great Game of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. They are positive and youth oriented. They mirror the moral code of today, and they fit our technological society. The way we play the game is through the Motto and Mission. Our Motto of doing a good turn has been expanded from the personal good turn that we still must do daily to include good turns to the communities we live in – and worldwide.

Through these guiding principles, Girl Scouting serves the entire community. And we need to make it possible for everyone in the community to participate. Because everything is a great deal more expensive than it was when I was first a Girl Scout, the money needed to run our camps and programs has increased. In addition, our Council has been chosen to try out several of the new science and technical programs. Through these, our girls are learning about our amazing world of technology and seeing ways to become a useful member of our technological era, while keeping the fun that only interacting with other humans can give.

With our support, Girl Scouts will positively affect the future of the entire community – online, at home, and around the world.

You can learn more about making your tax deductible donation to support Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines on our website www.nccoastalpines.org/donate or by calling our Fund Development Office at 800-284-4475 x3315.

 

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