We are deeply moved by and appreciative of all of you who have contacted us and have asked how to help your sister Girl Scouts on the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Everyone is touched by the continuing commitment of our girls, volunteers, and staff to help others in need.
Locally, we encourage you to work through our partner agencies such as the United Way or the Westfield United Fund. In addition, places of worship in your communities and the American Red Cross know best as to what the impacted communities may need: food, water, clothing, toys, etc. should you wish to conduct a drive/collection.
Please read the message below from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) as to how you can best help our impacted councils.
You can also make a donation to the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort by following this link.
A Message from GSUSA
“GSUSA and many councils including Heart of the Hudson, Greater New York, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Northern New Jersey, Heart of New Jersey, Central & Southern New Jersey, and Jersey Shore were affected and have staff and volunteers still working to recover.
The affected CEOs have asked that we help spread the following message:
“It has meant so much to the Girl Scout Councils impacted by Hurricane Sandy that so many of our Girl Scout sisters and friends have taken the time to reach out to us from around the country and around the world asking how to help. At this time, however, we ask that people refrain from calling or contacting the councils directly, as that is adding stress to an already stressed council and diverting attention from the highest recovery priorities. Although material donations and troop offers of assistance are appreciated, the councils are not currently in a position to process and organize them. The moral support and encouragement has been appreciated. The GSUSA team will be in touch on how you can further assist our councils in their recovery efforts as the time becomes right”.
- To ensure that the councils are getting the kind of support that they need, we have lifted fundraising restrictions to enable girls to raise money for Girl Scouting recovery efforts in the eight councils. At this time, we are not allowing troop fundraising for other organizations.
- When asked if girls can raise money for other organizations, please direct them to helping sister Girl Scouts—girls fundraising for other organizations is not permitted.
- Contributions may be directed to a specific council or councils through their online giving sites. To give, go to donate.girlscouts.org/hurricanerecovery where you will find links to the online giving sites for all eight councils, as well as the giving form for the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.
- We ask that you please refrain from calling or contacting the councils directly, as that is adding stress to an already stressed council and diverting attention from the highest recovery priorities.
- Although material donations and troop offers of assistance are appreciated, the councils are not currently in a position to process and organize them. It has meant so much to us that so many of our Girl Scout sisters and friends have taken the time to reach out to us from around the country and around the world asking how to help.”
As always, we thank you for your help and encourage you to bring this story back to girls when at all possible. Our girls are doing great things to make the world a better place and telling the stories of the projects girls invent to help others always captures the public’s interest.