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Behind the Green Curtain…

April 14, 2015

Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines Volunteer Appreciation Week

Valerie Jackson, Adult Learning Director

Six years ago, I answered a newspaper ad that would forever change my life. I remember not understanding what or who Girl Scouts was, but something about the ad stood out. As I look back, I feel like it glowed — but then again, that could have been the fluorescent highlighter I was using.

At the time, I was the mother of a 4 month old baby girl and seeking a new position that offered greater work-life balance.  Having worked in the world of politics and city planning, I’d experienced things that left me waiving a white flag.  I’d recently left a very public position and was looking for an employer that could embrace this big change in my life.

Then I met the volunteers of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines and my, oh my!

I remember being shocked that they volunteered so often and were not paid employees. It was surprising to see people this passionate about something other than money!  I’d worked with volunteers in the past, but what I discovered behind the green curtain was something entirely different.

Girl Scouts is a world of women and men who are selfless. Not only are Girl Scout volunteers dedicated to the girls that they interact with regularly, they are dedicated to our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  I am proud to see how dedicated they are to each other.

Volunteers and leaders of Girl Scouts not only change the lives of girls, but they change the lives of the adults around them. The volunteers set an example that inspires parents, gives courage to new volunteers, and revitalizes employees like me.

We may not always be with our volunteers in the trenches or working at their side with girls, but I want them to know that we notice their hard work.  We notice their passion and commitment. The light of a volunteer shines so bright at times that it brings light to those who may be operating at a flicker, like me 6 years ago.

Volunteers are appreciated by so many who often never get a chance to say thank you. On behalf of generations of girls, and on behalf of the rest of us who have benefitted from selfless dedication, I want to say thank you to our Girl Scout Volunteers. They have forever changed my life and I am forever grateful for the phenomenon that is the Girl Scout Volunteer.

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Thankful to Be a Girl Scout Volunteer

November 24, 2013

By Craven County Girl Scout volunteers, Service Unit 618

a forever green 3Without the generous support of our adult volunteers, Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines could not carry out its mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. Our volunteers make it possible to deliver the Girl Scout program helping girls become our future leaders.

In this season of remembrance and thanks, we are so grateful for our volunteers!  And we just love hearing the many reasons why our volunteers in Craven County are thankful for their Girl Scout experience!

  • I love being a Girl Scout leader because it changes lives.  It changes the lives I touch, but mostly it changes my life.  – Kim, Troop #279
  • Being an adult Girl Scout gives me the chance to continue being part of an organization that I loved as a young girl.  – Gail, Troop #90
  • I am thankful for Girl Scouts for giving me the opportunity to spend more time with my girls and teach them to be better people.  – Mary, Troop #184
  • I love being a Girl Scout volunteer because not only do I have the opportunity to experience new things with my own daughter, but I know I’m helping other young girls reach their goals, whether it is with cookie sales or life.  – Crystal, Troop #315
  • Girl Scouts helps me expand my skills, meet others involved with Girls Scouts, make new friends, and make a difference.  – Tracy, service unit secretary
  • I enjoy working with the girls and learning from them, as well as co-leading with a great group of adults who have become my friends.  – Camille, Troop #1814
  • I am thankful to be a Girl Scout volunteer because I hope to pass along the same things that I treasure from my years as a Scout – lifelong friendships, independence & life skills, confidence, and a spirit of service to others.   – Paula, Troop #1508
  • I am thankful that I get to teach 13 sassy girls new skills that will better them in their adult lives.  – Mattie, Troop #132
  • I have a better understanding about different people and it makes me feel good that I’m contributing to girls’ lives, but more important; I know the girls are learning new skills each time we meet.   – Jennifer, Troop #863
  • I am thankful for being a Girl Scout volunteer because I cherish the impact I make as a mentor for girls. Also, I enjoy mentoring new leaders and sharing my knowledge and experience.  – Nancy, Troop #1956
  • I am thankful to be a Girl Scout volunteer for being part of young girls’ lives; for showing them what can be accomplished with hope, courage, strength & faith and witnessing the practice thereof. – Sarah, Troop #696
  • I am thankful to be a Girl Scout volunteer because I care about the future of our country and know that I have a part in creating these young entrepreneurs, physicians, scientists, politicians, etc. – Sara, Troop #119
  • I’m thankful to be a positive role model in young girls’ lives and to meet wonderful kids, parents, and adult members to help me along the way. – Brittany, Troop #1543
  • The girls keep me humble and put into perspective the fact that I may only be a small part of the world but I can make a big difference. – Jeanette, Troop #812

Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend time with your daughter, granddaughter, or niece?  Are you interested in helping girls develop a strong sense of self and become the leaders of tomorrow?

Become a Girl Scout Volunteer and start the fun today!

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