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Volunteer Appreciation Month

You bring the power of Girl Scouting to girls—thank you, volunteers!

Things may look and feel very different right now, but what hasn’t changed is the outsized impact you continue to have on girls’ lives. When you take the lead as a volunteer, girls discover that they too can take on leadership roles and change the world. 

That's why National Volunteer Month is so near and dear to our hearts. Every April, we celebrate the powerful, life-changing contributions our volunteers make to Girl Scouts all year long. No matter what the world throws at us, you are the ones who keep the Girl Scout spirit strong—and whatever you bring to Girl Scouts at this time, your efforts are incredible and appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Additionally, every year on April 22—Girl Scout Leader’s Day—we give extra kudos to you. Troop leaders: we love you, and we’re forever grateful to you for being the role models girls look up to, especially in challenging times like these.

A Message from GSJS CEO Eileen M. Higgins

Dear Girl Scout Family,

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is standing strong in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis because of the contributions of our 4,000 dedicated volunteers. I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the men and women who give their time, creativity and boundless energy to strengthen our council and keep our spirits high no matter what comes our way.

As a nonprofit, we rely on the support of volunteers to lead our Girl Scout Troops, govern our organization, plan events, raise support, and most importantly, be role models to our girls, especially during challenging times like this.

We also appreciate companies like New Jersey Natural Gas and L&L Paving, who roll up their sleeves and pitch in to spruce up our camps and properties.

As we celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Month, please join me in giving thanks to all our wonderful volunteers – troop leaders, Board of Directors, committees, businesses and friends. We’re grateful that you stand by us and help deliver our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

We’re stronger because of our volunteers.

Stay healthy everyone!

Eileen

A Message From GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo

Dear Girl Scout Volunteers,

This year, Volunteer Appreciation Month falls during an incredibly challenging time for both our Movement and our country—and, I know, for all of you. Many of you are taking care of others, especially family members and your children’s home-schooling needs, in addition to checking in on friends and loved ones while balancing a reduced work schedule or expanded work demands.

As volunteers, you are the heart and soul of Girl Scouts—especially during these times of great uncertainty when girls are craving encouragement, connection, and community. In good times and bad, you are the everyday heroes who are truly making a difference in the lives of girls—championing, mentoring, and inspiring them to be the leaders and change-makers the world needs.

We are so grateful every day for your dedication and commitment to Girl Scouts. Your belief in the power of girls makes all the difference.

I hope you, your girls, families, and loved ones stay safe and healthy. Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month—and on behalf of the entire Girl Scout Movement, thank you!

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Sylvia

Write Your Appreciation

Families and Girl Scouts, share the love!

For all of April, show your favorite Girl Scout volunteers, like your troop leader or your cookie manager, how much they mean to you. Even if you can’t see them in person right now, here are a few ways to show you care:

Kudos! Create a Girl Scout Custom Card

Looking to get everyone in on the fun? Consider sending a digital group thank-you via Kudoboard! Each troop member and her family can share a message, photo or video on your volunteer’s thank-you board. Kudoboard has been officially licensed for a limited time by Girl Scouts of the USA.

View the Kudoboard from council staff to GSJS Volunteers

Use promo code girlscouts2020 to unlock unique Girl Scout backgrounds - like this one -  and get the following discounts:

  1. Mini board (up to 10 signers, FREE)
  2. Premium board (up to 100 signers, $4.99
  3. Milestone board (unlimited signers, can play as slide show, $6.99)

Follow our easy instructions to get started!

  • Surprise them with something special! Throughout April, you can use code VOLUNTEER2020 * to get a 10% discount plus free shipping from the Girl Scout Shop, and bring a smile to your volunteer’s face with a thoughtful token of your appreciation.

  • During National Volunteer Week (April 19–25), share across your social channels what makes your favorite volunteer (or volunteers!) so special to you—everyone could use something cheerful in their feed! And remember to tag @girlscoutsjs and @girlscouts and use #NVW2020 so we can follow the love!

*Code is active April 1–April 30, 2020, for a 10% discount and free shipping from girlscoutshop.com. The code is for one-time use per customer, online only at girlscoutshop.com.

Video Appreciation
Good Neighbor Award Honorees
Good Neighbor Website (Custom)

This year, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will honor volunteers at its annual Volunteer Recognition Reception, rescheduled for Thursday, October 1.

As part of National Volunteer Month, we are recognizing those outside organizations and individuals whose services have directly contributed to the council. These “Good Neighbors” are not registered Girl Scouts, but have demonstrated service and support to Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore over an extended period of time.

Congratulations to these Good Neighbor Award Recipients.

    • Atlantic City Electric, An Exelon Company
    • Amy's Omlette House
    • Denise Anderson
    • Nina Anuario, OceanFirst Bank
    • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar
    • John Begley
    • Sarah Brown, MSW, LCSW
    • Elisa Buono
    • Carl’s Fencing, Decking, & Home Improvements
    • Tammy Colandrea
    • Dolores Coulter
    • Heta Dalal
    • Deborah Dec
    • Andrew DeFelice
    • Janet Fischer
    • Tyler Flint
    • GraceAnn Fontana
    • Forked River Diner
    • Hunter Goldfarb
    • Alyssa Golembeski
    • Megan Groblewsky
    • Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa 
    • TJ Hurley Trucking And Excavating
    • Jersey Mike's Subs
    • Dana Karlin
    • Knights of Columbus
    • L&L Paving

     

    • Lacey Township School District
    • Lakewood BlueClaws
    • Ebone’  Lawrence-Smith
    • Victoria Magliacane, Investors Bank
    • Kathleen Moriarty
    • Sean Murray, Fulton Bank
    • New Egypt Marketplace
    • New Jersey Natural Gas
    • Nick's Place
    • Chef Jason Ostroski
    • Christopher Raichle
    • Francisco Rodriguez
    • Dena Russo
    • Seastreak Ferry
    • Shore Catering
    • Silverball Museum Arcade
    • Six Flags Great Adventure
    • Stop & Shop
    • Jeremy R. Susser
    • Tinton Falls School District
    • Jazmine Tooles
    • Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum
    • Shatarra Turpin
    • Walnut Street School
    • Waretown United Methodist Church
    • Victoria Warwick
    • Denise Wegeman, MSW, LCSW
    • Elizabeth Wisniewski
Platinum Leaders

We appreciate our invaluable, tireless Platinum Leaders!  Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore could not do what we do without you. We appreciate your support, willingness to help, and commitment to the girls every day. 

Platinum Leaders are those that contribute $100 or more annually. That support entitles them to attend a special Platinum Leaders’ event to receive a unique, annual commemorative pin, and recognition in Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Annual Report. 

Thank you.  If you would like to join our Platinum Leaders, please let us know.

Thank you to each of our Platinum Leaders

    • Bahiyyah Abdullah
    • Karen Adam
    • Danielle Asbjorn-Haynes
    • Christina Baldino
    • Joan Basilotto
    • Elisa Bertocci
    • Jessie Blair
    • Cheryl Bontales
    • Jennifer Brown
    • Christina Bucco
    • Mary Bullock
    • Bonnie Chankalian
    • Michelle Coffey
    • Cara Davis
    • Jennifer DeMarco
    • Debra Edick
    • Tracey Edwards
    • Amy Eschinger
    • Debra Farmer
    • Kathleen Festino
    • Beth Fitzgerald
    • Stacy Frontera
    • Jackie Garbe
    • Mary Anne Gearing
    • MaryEllen Gibbon
    • Kristen Gubler
    • Susan Halsey
    • Eileen Higgins
    • Linda Horvath
    • Maria Hubler
    • Linda Klose
    • Claudine Krosnowski
    • Lois Kurz
    • Linda Lennon
    • Tracy Lewis
    • Valerie Mahon
    • Maria Maisano
    • Dena Mayo
    • JoAnn McCann
    • Valerie McLaughlin
    • Martha Nace
    • Diane Paquet
    • Terri Peterson
    • Stacy Petti
    • Edie Poole
    • Nanci Radzewick
    • Carole Robinson
    • Janet Sarratt
    • Jennifer Savarese
    • Ann Scott
    • Penny Shank
    • Rachel Singh
    • Beverly Sirianni
    • Evelyn Strain
    • Barbara Sweetnam
    • Kelly Tatarka
    • Amy Toman
    • Mary Waskovich
    • Nicole Weeks
    • CY Wong
    • Patricia Zaker