Girl Scout Volunteers Needed

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WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA (Aug. 25, 2014) – During Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s (GSWCF) peak registration time—which is happening now (back-to-school)—it has had as many as 1,300 girls on a waiting list due to a shortage of volunteers. In an effort to serve as many girls as possible, GSWCF is asking local adults to step forward as volunteers to serve as positive role models for girls.

 

Specifically, GSWCF is in greatest need of troop leaders. These volunteers work with a group of girls throughout the year and mentor them as they make new friends and develop skills that will last a lifetime; essentially, they are the core of many girls’ experiences in Girl Scouting. At least two adult troop leaders are needed for a Girl Scout troop to form.

 

In addition to troop leaders, GSWCF is seeking volunteers to fill a variety of other positions. Volunteers are needed to work behind the scenes to support troop leaders, or to train other volunteers. Volunteers are also needed to work directly with girls as program facilitators or as camp facilitators at local Girl Scout camps. Got a knack for business? Volunteers are needed to help girls reach their goals as they run their very own business through the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

 

 

GSWCF works in close partnership with its volunteers to deliver the information and support needed to help girls unleash their potential. As part of its commitment, GSWCF offers a flexible schedule of in-person and online trainings for all volunteers, assisting them in developing their skills and learning about the Girl Scout program. No matter the position, Girl Scout volunteers gain valuable job experience, hone leadership skills, participate in their community, and ultimately empower and inspire girls.

 

Need more convincing? The results of a national poll conducted this summer with more than 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in the K−5 age range showcase Girl Scouts’ many volunteer benefits: 94 percent of volunteers have made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts, and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally. Ninety-five percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.

For more information or to join Girl Scouts today, visit www.gswcf.org or call (800) 881-4475.

 

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) serves nearly 21,000 girls and nearly 8,500 adult members in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sumter counties. GSWCF receives funding from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and area United Way agencies. Did you know that more than 53% of all women business owners are Girl Scout alumnaeFor more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, visit www.gswcf.org or call (800) 881-4475.

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