Friday, October 5, 2018

Hurricane Florence Update: Fundraising Restriction Lifted

Hurricane Florence was a massive storm that hit parts of North Carolina and South Carolina, bringing with it historic amounts of water that caused several areas to have to evacuate more than once over the past few weeks. In the spirit of the Girl Scout Law, many Girl Scouts have reached out, asking how they can help their sister Girl Scouts and their families, as well as our council colleagues and their loved ones, recover from this natural disaster.

There are several ways you can contribute to the recovery efforts in these areas. For one, we’ve learned that when girls experience natural disasters like Florence and are surrounded by recovery efforts, participating in Girl Scouts can help them and their families feel some sense of normalcy—so GSUSA, with the strong support of its National Board, has lifted fundraising restrictions so that girls can raise money to support membership scholarships for girls at Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines and Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina.

Fundraising efforts will be undertaken with the sole intention of providing membership scholarships to impacted girls. Such scholarships typically cover dues as well as uniforms, credentials (e.g., insignia worn on uniforms), and other Girl Scout materials that, for many girls at affected councils, have been damaged or destroyed. Note that anyone can provide this support, not just girls—visit or text “FlorenceRelief” to 41444 to give to a specific council or choose “other” to designate how you’d like to direct your donation.

Additionally, the impacted councils have shared other ways you can aid with their recovery efforts:

  • Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines, the hardest-hit council (close to 70 percent of its footprint has been declared a federal disaster area) has listed several things you can do to support Girl Scouts in the area.
  • Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, which sustained flooding at Keyauwee Program Center, its camp property in Randolph County, is looking for volunteer contractors to help rebuild bridges and repair a dock and roads. The council is also holding a Hurricane Florence cleanup on Sunday, October 14, at the program center.

We also encourage you to check out some relevant resources that Girl Scouts offers:

Thank you to the many girls, colleagues, alums, and families who have reached out and pitched in already! The impacted councils are grateful for the outpouring of support. We don’t need a natural disaster to know how strong our Movement is, but it’s heartening during such times to see our mission in action, as Girl Scouts work together to make our world a better place.