Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Movies Are on Us for Volunteer Appreciation Month!

Influential adult role models take many forms—teachers, librarians, coaches, grandparents—as well as volunteers. In April, to celebrate National Volunteer Month, Girl Scouts across the nation will thank the more than 800,000 volunteers who serve as the backbone of the Girl Scout experience.

So you can imagine how we felt at Girl Scouts’ national office when we heard about the new film Gifted, which features supportive adult characters (including a loving uncle, a concerned teacher, and a caring neighbor) who help a spirited seven-year-old mathematical prodigy; we knew it would inspire viewers everywhere. After learning that the film’s lead character Mary (played by ten-year-old Mckenna Grace) would be a Girl Scout, the movie’s messages of determination, leadership, and kindness (all qualities of Girl Scouts and our volunteers!) hit even closer to home.

In addition to the Girl Scout troops and councils that will thank volunteers throughout April, Fox Searchlight Pictures and the cast of Gifted are also offering some heartfelt thanks. On April 4 and 5 Fox Searchlight will host complimentary screenings of Gifted across the country for more than 16,000 volunteers. Learn more about the screenings and request tickets.*

After her experience portraying a Girl Scout on screen, Mckenna fulfilled her dream to become a Girl Scout in real life when she was pinned a Girl Scout Junior by Lise Luttgens, CEO of Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles. Mckenna expressed her enthusiasm for her new distinction, saying, “The organization empowers girls to become leaders and try new things. It also gives girls awesome role models. My character in Gifted learned a lot from the grownups in her life, so it’s important to me that other girls do, too. Role models can change girls’ lives!”

To learn more about volunteering, visit our volunteer information page.

For details about the volunteer movie screenings, visit the event page.*

*Screenings will take place in select markets and may not be available in all areas. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.