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Girl Scouts celebrate National Volunteer Month

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Fri, Mar 30th 2018 02:00 pm
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April 1-30 is National Volunteer Month. Girl Scouts of Western New York is leading the way by celebrating all the volunteers who inspire and help build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. April 22 is especially important, as girls celebrate National Girl Scout Leader's Day.
Every day, nearly 7,000 adult, Girl Scout volunteers make it possible for girls across Western New York to enjoy and benefit from an adventure-having, skill-building, lead-taking, life-changing good time. At Girl Scouts, volunteers put girls in the driver's seat to lead their own adventures and team up with other girls in an all-girl environment to choose exciting, hands-on activities that interest them most in important skill areas like science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), outdoors, life skills and entrepreneurship.
"During National Volunteer Month, we pause to focus on all the significant and selfless work by our amazing Girl Scout volunteers and say 'Thank you,' " said Judith Cranston. "Our volunteers are the mentors, cheerleaders, teachers, friends and lifelines that are helping to mold the next generation of female leaders. Without them, none of the work that Girl Scouts does would be possible."
The impact of Girl Scout volunteers' commitment to unleashing the G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader) in every girl is undeniable, as Girl Scouts is the largest girls' leadership organization in the world. Girl Scout Research Institute studies show Girl Scouts is linked to success as Girl Scouts shine above their peers in leadership, academics, career aspirations and hope for the future. Girl Scouts are more likely than non-Girl Scouts to have a strong sense of self, have positive values, seek challenges, and learn from setbacks. Also, 95 percent of volunteers say they make girls' lives better at Girl Scouts (and that makes them happy).
That's why in April (National Volunteer Month), girls join with Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, to celebrate the powerful and inspiring contributions volunteers make all year long.
A special Volunteer Month social media campaign will run throughout April. The campaign will acknowledge the work of Girl Scout volunteers and share their inspiring stories about how they make a difference in the lives of so many girls.
Adults age 18 and above can still register to become a Girl Scout volunteer by visiting www.gswny.org or calling 1-888-837-6410.
About Girl Scouts of Western New York
Girl Scouts of Western New York serves nearly 15,000 girls and 7,000 adult volunteers across the GSWNY jurisdiction, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The council's administrative service centers are located in Batavia, Buffalo, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls and Rochester.

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