The following is an opinion-editorial from CEO Bonnie Barczykowski.
Research shows that each year, there are approximately 5,000 girls in eastern Missouri who want to participate in a Girl Scout troop but need a leader. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri currently has more than 17,000 volunteers and while that may sound like plenty of people, it is not enough.
We currently serve about 46,000 girls but we want to reach more. To do that, we need more volunteers. We offer volunteer opportunities to fit anyone’s schedule – an hour, a day, a week or more, and we make it easy for you to donate your time.
With your help and partnership, we can continue to grow and develop tomorrow’s leaders so that when the time comes, these young ladies will be ready to lead in their home, business or community in whatever role they choose. Around the world, girls are our greatest untapped resource. Girl Scouts is a pipeline, a force for developing girls of the future and as a volunteer, you can play a role.
Below are a few examples of volunteers who have contributed their time to make a difference in the lives of girls.
In Potosi, Mo., a volunteer unexpectedly became a troop leader a few years ago. Through our financial education program, she led her troop to set goals, manage money and they sold the most cookies in our Council this year, more than 11,000 boxes.
A Ladue, Mo., volunteer skilled in math and computer science became involved in our robotics program. Teaching our young girls important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills, she and her team competed in their first international robotics open this summer, where she won a coach/mentor award.
A Troop Leader in Kirkwood, Mo. never says “no” to Girl Scouts. She is always available to volunteer wherever and whenever we need her. For 10 years, she and her troop have demonstrated the importance of giving back to the community and have donated Girl Scout Cookies and other items to Operation Homefront Missouri and the Missouri USO.
We have outstanding volunteers and we are grateful for what they do.
With your volunteer assistance, Girl Scouts will continue to meet changing needs in our urban, suburban and rural areas. Whether girls and volunteers participate in a traditional or seasonal troop or through our community outreach programs, our commitment is to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through original and relevant programs.
To learn more about these programs, please visit our website, www.girlscoutsem.org, or our volunteer webpage to begin your volunteer adventure today. With more people investing their time, talents and treasure, we can reach the girls waiting to join Girl Scouts and beyond.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will know we are accomplishing our mission when girls choose Girl Scouts because we offer the best leadership development experience, when adults choose to volunteer for Girl Scouts because we provide the best training and support and when our communities choose to personally and financially invest in Girl Scouts because of the difference we make in the lives of our girls and the communities we serve.