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A Post-Storm Update from Girl Scouts of West Central Florida


Hurricane Ian Action Team, Florida Girl Scouts 2022

GSWCF Camp Dorothy Thomas Clean-Up Event, Saturday, November 5  

(Updated 10/31/22)

All the heavy lifting is done—over 74 massive trees have been removed by professional tree service. The roads are clear and now, we need many hands on the cleaning crew to get the camp ready for reopening on November 11.

Our Rangers will be coordinating activities to clear the grounds of leaves, branches and debris and groom the fire circles for camp weekends. We'll also clean windows, window ledges, counters and kitchen equipment, floors and baths. Participants will qualify for the 2022 Hurricane Ian Action Team Patch!

Volunteers must be at least 8 years old and a registered Girl Scout Member. RSVP by Thursday, November 3. Space is limited!

Here’s your packing list:

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Gloves
  • Work clothing (preferable pants/jeans)
  • Mask or bandana for facial covering due to dust/dirt
  • Water, lunch and additional beverage
  • Clean clothes for the ride home

 

Ways Girl Scouts Can Help

You’re likely wondering, “How can our Girl Scouts help?” 

Support for Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast (Updated 10/21)

Please support our sisters in the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Council who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Ian. GSUSA and the GSUSA Board of Directors have lifted fundraising restrictions and between October and December 31, 2022, Girl Scout councils, troops and members can assist as follows:

  • Financial Support: All money will be allocated to the council scholarship funds to assist girls with current membership year dues and replacement uniforms, credentials, materials or for future opportunities.
  • Troop-to-Troop Support: Troops can allocate part of their own funds to the council scholarship fund, or to support a remote sister troop doing a service project or a sister troop in direct need.
  • Direct Work with Relief Projects: If girls are able to safely travel to an affected area or relocation areas and permitted to do so, consider helping with on-site relief activities  or local activities that benefit the impacted areas.

Stay up to date on Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast at their blog

Join the Hurricane Ian Action Team

Thank you to more than 1,000 Girl Scouts in Florida and beyond who have earned the Hurricane Ian Patch! 

Earn a Hurricane Ian Action Team Patch. Take action with the recovery from Hurricane Ian and then fill out the  Hurricane Ian Action Team Story Form to share the impact you made for others. Include photos or video that we can use to highlight your efforts. Within a month of submitting your story, we’ll send a 2022 Hurricane Ian Action Team Patch at no cost to you or your Girl Scouts. 

Here are some age-appropriate ideas for your Girl Scout to consider: 

 

Take Action Idea
All Girl Scouts
Older Girl Scouts Only

Join Clean Up Efforts

Help your family, neighbors, place of worship, sports field or other community location to clean up leaves, branches, and debris from storm.

 

Explore opportunities to volunteer for organizations like Keep Pinellas BeautifulKeep Tampa Beautiful, and other environmental protection organizations in your area.

Support Relief Services

Put together disaster recovery kits for organizations like Metropolitan Ministries or Feeding Tampa Bay.

Collect non-perishable foods that can be eaten without power: granola bars, cereal, juice boxes, water, etc.

Volunteer with Metropolitan MinistriesFeeding Tampa Bay, or Children's Network of Tampa Bay.

Donate Blood.

For more inspiration, check out the Tampa Bay Times Hurricane Ian resource guide.

Care for Animals

Collect items shelters need like blankets, food and toys.

Put together foster kits that shelters can deliver to foster pet parents.

Volunteer at shelters walking dogs and cleaning kennel spaces.

Foster an animal in need.

Show Gratitude & Kindness

Paint a gratitude poster and drop it off to a local firehouse, sheriff’s office, hospital, etc.

Put out signs in your windows thanking emergency workers.

Organize a first responders' night at a local restaurant.

 

Highlight Our Hurricane Ian Action Team

Every time you see GSWCF highlight one of our Hurricane Ian Action Team members, share the post and spread the word that Girl Scouts makes a transformative difference in the lives of girls.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Thank You!

Girl Scouts are resilient, community problem-solvers. During a natural disaster like Hurricane Ian, Girl Scouts courageously step up to help others and to make the world a better place. Though this natural disaster has been so tragic in so many ways, we want to shine a light on how youth – and specifically Girl Scouts – can make a measurable difference.