December 1, 2015 is #GIVING TUESDAY. A global day dedicated to generosity and giving back. Many not-for-profits use this day to kick off year end giving campaigns to solicit donations to support our mission and keep our organizations functioning. If you haven't already contributed, or even if you have, we hope you will consider an investment in the girls of GSSA. Please ask your family members, friends and coworkers to support our girls and join us in this Season of Giving. We have a new online giving platform that is safe and secure. It's easy to donate. Click here to make a one-time donation or to join our new monthly giving program. Our monthly giving program is an affordable way to support Girl Scouts using an automatic ACH withdrawal from your checking or savings account, or with a monthly charge to your credit card. You can also use our printable form and mail in your donation.
Every day I have the opportunity to see what a girl can do. It is pretty amazing. Last weekend, Evie, a second grader, spoke to the board of directors of GSSA about her Girl Scout experience. Evie tried camp this year for the first time. She wasn't sure about spending the night, so she went the day camp route, so she could go home each evening. The first day she arrived in her cowboy boots. It's camp, so we encourage them to dress in whatever they desire. At the end of the day, when her mother picked Evie up she asked whether or not the boots were hot. She admitted they were. Evie was concerned about snakes, which is really a normal concern and one we see daily. But, after a day at camp seeing no snakes, she summoned the courage to wear cooler shoes. Her experience at camp was so fun she decided to invest her own funds and return for a second week and stay overnight. It isn't every second grader who confronts her fears, finds she has the courage to do and try lots of things. Evie is also learning the meaning of philanthropy. She saved her allowance money from her chores to donate to a charity - she chose to invest her hard earned $5 in Girl Scouts! We want to thank Evie, because investing in girls will reap dividends years from now. Please follow Evie's example and support our girls.
We want to encourage you to invest in girls and your community for the future. What sounds like fun and learning, actually results in women who are contributors to their community. Just a few fun facts about Girl Scouts: For every 100 girls who join Girl Scouts - 8 will enter a vocation learned through a badge or patch program, 12 will have their first contact with a church, 1 will use her Girl Scout skills to save a life, 1 will use her Girl Scout skills to save her own life, and 17 will be future leaders. Consider a generous gift to GSSA on #GivingTuesday; it is a sound investment in our community. Because when a girl succeeds, so does society.