We are just one week away from the Gold Award Reception to honor the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting – the Girl Scout Gold Award! This year is extra special because it is the Girl Scout Gold Award Centennial! That means, Girl Scouts, just like you, have been Taking Action in their communities for 100 years to earn this high honor.
Today, we are highlighting a few of our amazing award recipients who used their Gold Award projects to combat hunger and help the homeless in their communities. This year, we had Girl Scouts create community gardens, play grounds and help enhance dining at food kitchens. We know these girls have made a lasting impact in the lives of others and their Gold Award projects are making the world a better place.
Feed the Need Tampa Bay was founded by Gracie in order to educate local restaurants and the public of the food insecurity in Tampa Bay. For her project she partnered with Trinity Café a local nonprofit organization that provides a free meal with dignity to over 300 homeless men, women and children each day. She worked with restaurants to donate and serve one meal a year. Each meal that is donated and served by a local restaurant saves Trinity Café approximately $1,200. The Columbia Restaurant was the first to sign on to support this program and since several other local establishments have done the same. Gracie is a senior at Tampa Preparatory School.
For her project, Community Garden for Daystar, Lauren wanted to provide low income families with access to fresh vegetables and healthy foods by planting a community garden at Daystar Life Center. She worked Edible Peace Patch Project to set up the garden and was able to get 16 community sponsors. Throughout her project Lauren grew vegetables such as collard greens, mustard greens, chard, different types of lettuce, purple snake beans and bush beans. She visited the garden to water it weekly and harvested vegetables as needed. Lauren is senior at St. Petersburg High School and plans to study biology in college.
Emma wanted to create a safe place at Alpha House for mothers and babies to bond and have special playtime together. For her project, Moms and Babies Bond through Playtime, Emma designed and built an infant/toddler playground for homeless families living at Alpha House. She researched and purchased age appropriate equipment and mulch. Once the playground was built, Emma worked with the Tampa Chamber of Commerce to host a ribbon cutting ceremony of the playground facility. Emma is a graduate of Tampa Preparatory School and is currently a student at Florida State University.
Amanda set out to address the issue of hunger and food insecurity in her local community by hosting the Luck of the Irish Food Drive. With the help of her classmates, Amanda was able to donate over 800 pounds food to Metropolitan Ministries. To inspire others to become involved and volunteer, she gave presentations and created an informative video on the causes of hunger and ways people can help in their communities. Amanda is a graduate of Hillsborough High School and currently attends the University of Tennessee majoring in Nuclear Engineering.
Julie worked to increase awareness for the needs of homeless children with her project, Help the Homeless: Child Version. She partnered with Bayside Sports Academy to host an open gym event to raise donations to benefit Sallie House. Sallie House is a safe haven for children, infant to seventeen years of age, who have been removed from their home because of abuse or, neglect or even abandonment. Julie is a graduate from St. Petersburg Collegiate High School and is currently a graphic design major at Flagler College.
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