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When Disaster Strikes, Look for Girl Scouts

When natural disasters strike, the communities they affect are often in need of support. Our girls are typically wondering what they can do to help and make a difference, but how do you make sure your response is thoughtful and needed?

Donate

One of the immediate ways you can provide support to your Girl Scout sisters is to donate a portion of your cookie proceeds or other troop funds to councils in the areas that have been directly affected by disaster. Staff at Girl Scout councils can then work with their communities to provide relief where they really need it.

Here are some councils that have been affected by natural disasters in 2020:

Gather Supplies

Many times shelters (both human and animals!) are in need of blankets and food, but check with local organizations to see what supplies they need. By doing this, you make sure you are addressing the actual needs and not assuming what is needed.

Volunteer

If you are local, relief organizations or shelters may need help handing out supplies, entertaining children, or even providing some animal snuggle time. Always check their website or call to see when and where they need help, don’t just show up.

Be Prepared

Support communities by helping them be prepared for the next natural disaster. By educating and assisting others to be prepared, you will help prevent loss and save lives in the future.

Girl Scouts of the USA has developed a tips document for girls and for adults to know how they can help when disaster strikes.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

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