Dear Girl Scout Volunteers,
Every year it strikes me that—even though we celebrate Girl Scout Volunteer Appreciation Week during a single week in April—it truly happens all fifty two weeks a year. The reality is that seven days is nowhere near enough time to adequately say “thank you” to the thousands of volunteers who are the heart of Girl Scouts of Western Washington!
Whether you’ve been with Girl Scouts for six months, six years or six decades, no matter what county you volunteer in or in what role, you all share one simple truth: Girl Scouts wouldn’t be Girl Scouts without your effort.
I started volunteering with a different youth-serving organization when I was in graduate school, but it took many more years before I understood what motivated me down the path to volunteering. The answer? I grew up watching adults I admire volunteer.
Now you’re that adult, setting the same kind of example for many girls today. Along with everything else they’re learning from you, their first understanding of the value of volunteering comes from what they see with their troop leaders, troop helpers, cookie managers, program volunteers, and service unit team members. They see it from volunteers helping them plan Encamporees, and working and playing alongside them at resident, community and day camps. And they learn it through collaboration with adult volunteers on the Council Connection Committee (C3) and as delegates.
Then there are the many volunteers helping with other functions that make Girl Scouts possible throughout the year. Our organization would flounder without the expert guidance of volunteers on the Board of Directors and its Committees. The annual Girl Scout Luncheons, Girl Scout Cookie Sale and the Annual Meeting wouldn’t be possible without their own volunteer support. Volunteers facilitate learning for both adults and girls, help with field trips, and provide special opportunities across our council in myriad other ways.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that Girl Scouts of Western Washington volunteers have different roles and titles, different histories and interests, but you’re all part of bringing fulfilling, fun experiences to thousands of girls in diverse communities across this region. Our girls will carry what they learn from you about giving their time and talent to others throughout their Girl Scout years—and throughout their lives.
My bet is many of our girls become the volunteers of tomorrow. You can count that as one more gift that your volunteer effort is giving them. So throughout the year, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all you do.
Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Come by Your Regional Office
Throughout Volunteer Appreciation Week, our regional offices are opening their doors to offer cookies and coffee to our amazing volunteers. Check out the schedule for your regional office below. Hope to see you there!
King County – Tuesday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
South – Monday-Friday, April 21-25 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Seattle – Thursday, April 24 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
North – Monday-Thursday, April 21-24 from 3 -5 p.m.
Peninsula – Thursday, April 24 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
P.S. Know a volunteer you want to thank? Check out this blog post for creative ideas!