September 14, 2015 (Harrisburg, Pa.) – Hundreds of Girl Scout in the Heart of Pennsylvania’s (GSHPA) members joined together to celebrate girl power, but not one girl was in attendance. It was the nonprofit’s team of passionate adult volunteers who gathered together to gear up for another year of Girl Scouting during the annual Volunteer KickOff, Sept. 12th at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Grantville.
“When people think Girl Scouts, they probably see a little girl sporting a green vest selling cookies or out in their community completing service projects,” said Susan Kreidler, GSHPA’s Acting CEO. “What people might not see are the thousands of adult volunteer members who empower our Girl Scouts and make our mission possible.”
GSHPA has over 20,000 Girl Scouts who range in ages from 5-17 years old. These 20,000 girls cannot experience the positive impact of Girl Scouts without adult volunteers. GSHPA is a 99% volunteer-run nonprofit organization. The annual Volunteer KickOff is a day where women and men can celebrate their impact on Girl Scouts’ lives, get a sneak peek into the upcoming programs, and get access to resources before the start of the new year (Oct. 1).
Whether they are Girl Scout Troop Leader or a short-term service opportunities, Girl Scout volunteers find themselves benefitting from the same fun and educational experiences that the girls they are helping do. Girl Scout of the United States of America’s (GSUSA) 2014 Pulse Poll research found that 88% of Girl Scout volunteers believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts.
“I have absolutely loved broadening the girls' horizons and showing them that the world is theirs to explore,” said GSHPA volunteer Cathy Mulhearn from New Cumberland who will be celebrating her eleventh year as a volunteer. “Making a difference any way that I can for my Girl Scouts is something I look forward to.”
Outside of discovering new and exciting things, 94% of Girl Scout volunteers have made new friends through Girl Scouts, like GSHPA volunteer Brenda Sutter, originally from Philadelphia and moved to Harrisburg. “With seven kids, four of whom are Girl Scouts, it didn’t take long to get both my girls and myself out in in the community, meeting new people, and making a difference through service projects in the city we now called home,” said Brenda.
GSHPA’s Volunteer Kickoff might be the start of a new year of Girl Scout adventures, but both girls and adults can join in on the fun any time of the year. For more information about Girl Scouts call 800.692.7816 or visit www.girlscouts.org/join.