Girl Scouting is about more than selling cookies and making crafts. It’s an organization built on the principle of helping girls across the nation discover who they can be, and what they can do.
While girls and women have made remarkable process since Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Lowe founded the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia, in 1912, many inequalities still exist, and the national organization has made it its mission to help address these issues by instilling leadership, courage, character, and confidence in girls of all ages.
Virginia Tech employees can help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 8,000 girl and 3,250 adult volunteers of the Virginia Skyline Council by donating to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) and designating the council to receive their donation.
The council is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, and serves girls in a 37-county area covering southwestern and western Virginia and two parts of West Virginia. The council owns camp properties in Roanoke County, Bedford County, and Albemarle County.
In 2013, Virginia Tech employees raised a total of $311,215 for the CVC; however, only a handful of employees designated their donations to the Virginia Skyline Council.
Donations made to the council help support the general operating fund, programming, and various scholarship programs offered to assist families with annual membership fees, troop dues, and activity costs.
The cost of Girl Scouting averages $383 per member per year, according to Tammy Shank, chief development and marketing officer for the council.
“Through your generosity, our girls will grow into active and engaged members of their communities and develop their full potential and become leaders in our communities and their chosen career fields,” said Shank.
Like the CVC, service and action are core elements of the Girl Scout experience.
Girl Scouting has a long history of partnering with parents, schools, and the community to prepare girls to succeed in school and in life. Grounded in the Girl Scout Promise and Law, Girl Scouts’ non-formal, experiential, and cooperative learning program promotes girls’ personal growth and leadership development.
“Community service is at the heart of the Girl Scout leadership program. Girls are encouraged to find needs within their communities and take action to make a difference. Gifts from the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign are used to help build a better community through the leadership of the Girl Scouts,” said Shank. “A gift to the Girl Scouts is a gift to the community.”
Please consider donating to any of the 1,000 charities participating in this year’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. The online CVC Pledge System enables salaried Virginia Tech employees to make fast, easy, and secure donations via payroll deduction. All donations are tax deductible, as allowed by law.
First published on October 07, 2014.
Written by Employee Communications Manager Laura Neff-Henderson.
About Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council
For more than half a century, Girl Scouts has partnered with parents, schools, and the community to prepare girls to succeed in school and in life. Girl Scouts’ non-formal, experiential, and cooperative learning program promotes girls’ personal growth and leadership development.
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline serves close to 8,000 girls and 3,250 adult volunteers in a 37-county area covering southwestern and western Virginia and two parts of West Virginia.