Friday, November 16, 2012

How Girl Scouts in Oregon and Southwest Washington can help councils affected by Hurricane Sandy

GSUSA has temporarily changed fundraising restrictions in order to allow councils to raise money for Girl Scouting recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Thanks to Sarah Miller, our Director of Communications, for this messaging, and thanks to GSUSA for the press roundup!

To ensure that councils affected by Hurricane Sandy are getting the support they need, GSUSA has temporarily lifted fundraising restrictions to enable girls to raise money for Girl Scouting recovery efforts. At this time, GSUSA is not allowing fundraising for other organizations.

As with all activities in Girl Scouting, the decision to contribute should be girl-led. Contributions may be directed to a specific council or councils through their online giving sites. To give, go to where you will find links to online giving sites for all eight affected councils, as well as the giving form for the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund – a fund set up by GSUSA to help address the needs of councils affected by the storm.

We ask that you please refrain from calling or contacting the councils directly. Although material donations and troop offers of assistance are appreciated, the councils are not currently in a position to process and organize them.

Encouragement from Girl Scout sisters worldwide has been appreciated by all affected. Girl Scouting will continue to thrive thanks to the dedication of volunteers, staff and girls. For updates on how you can further assist recovery efforts, visit Additional guidance from GSOSW on how recovery efforts can integrate with the Girl Scout Cookie Program will be available soon at

Thanks to Girl Scouts of the USA, we have a large roundup of stories of the heroic efforts of Girl Scouts working to help those affected by the storm. 

The New York Times reports that New Yorkers who found each other through Facebook and Twitter, churches and community groups, City Hall, and local elected officials, tried in ways small and large to ease the devastation left by the hurricane. Girl Scouts in Brooklyn hosted a bake sale to benefit a local shelter. The New York Daily News was also on-hand for the bake sale, which was held by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York and students from PS 10.

Also in New York, the 
Sayville Bayport-Patch reports that a Girl Scout adult volunteer and a local business owner joined efforts to open an emergency center in Sayville where residents needing food, clothing, and living necessities can get supplies and assistance. ABC 13 reports that in Monroe County, NY, Girl Scout Brownie Troop 149 of Fairport and Perinton packed a van with boxes full of donations.
“It really hit home that kids didn't have Halloween,” said adult volunteer Kelly Steamer. “They didn't go trick or treating, so a lot of the girls donated extra Halloween candy out of their own buckets to send to kids down state.”

According to New Jersey's NBC 40, Girl Scouts was among many organizations contributing clothes, canned goods, and baby items to relief efforts by going door to door.

In Connecticut, the 
Ridgefield Daily Voice reports that Girl Scout Troop 50675 and Boy Scout Troops 116 and 76 helped out in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy by handing out ready-to-eat meals and water to those in need.

In Massachusetts, the 
Milford Patch reports that Girl Scouts of Historic Hopedale are collecting boxed donations for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York. 

New Hampshire's 
Union Leader and the Merrimack Patch report that the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains are among local nonprofit organizations spearheading a nationwide humanitarian effort to collect as many hygiene kits as possible to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Blog has a fantastic run-down of ways individuals can help aid in the relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy.