LETTER: Thank you, Girl Scouts of Connecticut volunteers

To the Editor:

This April, as we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month, Girl Scouts of Connecticut wishes to send a very large message of love and gratitude to the thousands of adults in every zip code of the state who make Girl Scouting possible for 35,000 Connecticut Girl Scouts.

Our 17,000 adult members serve as volunteer troop leaders, co-leaders, cookie managers, registrars, trainers, service unit managers, and in many other capacities to make sure that every girl has the potential to thrive, succeed, and be amazing!  They serve as role models, coaches, and guides so that girls can gain confidence trying and succeeding at new experiences like outdoor adventure, community engagement, STEM exploration, and countless other areas. They model leadership, civic responsibility, and why it is important to take action to “pay it forward” and give back to others. It is not unusual for a Girl Scout volunteer to dedicate in excess of 200 hours a year to contribute to the mission of Girl Scouting to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

So, the next time you see a group of Girl Scouts, make a point to introduce yourself to their leader and all the other volunteers who are guiding and supporting them. And be sure to say “thanks” for their dedication and commitment to their work. So many of our volunteers are working full time, raising families, and doing other work for their communities, yet they know that investing in girls is an investment in all of our futures.  

Thank you, Girl Scout volunteers, for recognizing that girls matter.

Mary J. Barneby

CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut