Girl Scouts of Western New York is celebrating its nearly 6,000 adult volunteers for working to build girls’ courage, confidence and character throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
Throughout April, GSWNY is offering ways to thank volunteers with a series of virtual engagement activities on gswny.org and via Facebook.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of volunteers reframed how they could meet Scouts’ needs and pivoted to continue their service in virtual spaces. This includes check-ins, group sessions to complete a badge and holding a troop musical concert.
“This month and every month, we celebrate and thank our amazing volunteers across western New York,” CEO Alison Wilcox said. “These special volunteers serve as role models, demonstrating resilience, flexibility and care as they lead with and for our girls to make the world better in challenging times.
“At Girl Scouts, girls are part of a strong support system that provides girls with encouragement, a sense of belonging and gives girls the confidence to drive change both in their own lives and in their communities.”
Volunteers found ways for girls to give back to the community from the safety of their homes. Scouts are making masks, calling to check on family members and neighbors, and donating Girl cookies to workers helping the region combat COVID-19.
Anyone interested in buying or donating cookies can email customercare@gswny.org to match with a local troop.