The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting. The Gold Award is conferred to fewer than 6% of Girl Scouts annually, and approximately one million Girl Scouts nationwide have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916. Next month, 33 Girl Scouts from west central Florida will be recognized at an award ceremony and join this elite group of women in scouting.
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 coordinate childcare services at a homeless shelter, increase access to food and help enhance dining at a food kitchen. 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.
Stuart C., St. Petersburg
Stuart helped recruit new volunteers to provide child care support for the young mothers living at ALPHA House with her Hold A Child – Offer Hope project. After spending a year and a half volunteering weekly babysitting sessions to allow teen mothers attend group therapy, Stuart linked up with the Rojan Service Club at her school to recruit more volunteers. During the club’s spring meeting, she organized a baby shower to collect items needed for the center and had a finger printing service on site to help expedite the background check process for new volunteers. Stuart is a graduating senior at St. Petersburg High School and will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.
Antonia M., Tampa
Antonia created the Little Free Pantry of Hyde Park in response to the food insecurity affecting the homeless and lower income families in her community. Little Free Pantry is a movement that started in 2016 to combat hungry across the country. Antonia built the pantry located at Hyde Park United Methodist Church. She brought awareness for her cause and requested donations through her church newsletter. The pantry is being sustained by church members and the Merge Youth Group. Antonia is a graduating senior from H.B. Plant High School and plans to attend Florida Southern University in the fall.
Devon L., Lutz
Devon assisted Trinity Café in providing a welcoming beautiful place where people are served hot meals with compassion, dignity and respect with her project Sew Giving. She taught a group of volunteers how to sew beautiful, durable, washable table clothes and designed coordinating center pieces. Both décor items were on the wish list for Trinity Café. To inspire others to do the same, Devon wrote sewing blogs and posted a video tutorial on how to design and sew a basic round tablecloth that can be donated to various organizations such as shelters, nursing homes, meal kitchens, etc. Devon is a graduating senior from Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School.
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