Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Hanna Goff in the Pikes Peak region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.
GSCO asked Hanna to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.
Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?
I became a volunteer after my daughter’s troop leader moved out of state. I wanted my daughter to have the opportunities and experiences Girl Scouts had to offer, so I stepped up to give others in our area the chance to be a part of a sisterhood.
Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.
I started as a parent volunteer with the former troop, and moved into a leader role upon the disbanding of my daughter’s former troop. I have become a part of the service unit team, both as a SUFPM and the SUCM. Our service unit is an amazing team that works to better the Girl Scout experience for all of the girls in our area. I am also a mentor for our wonderful older girl advisory group, SPLAT.
What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?
Being a leader comes with many challenges. There are some great trainings through gsLearn about conflict resolution and how to truly be a girl-led troop. I have had to learn how to request and accept help from others, leaders and parents, included. I have learned how to adapt and overcome through Covid-19, go back and forth between in-person and virtual meetings, and how to handle sensitive situations that have arose out of the pandemic.
What do you hope girls have learned from you?
I hope the girls have learned how to be persistent and how to set and accomplish goals. I hope girls learn that they can be anything they want to be, do all the things they want to do, and that they will always have someone to come to when life is just a little too much for them.
Nominate an exceptional volunteer for a Volunteer Award! Nominations are open April 1-June 30, 2022