Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Jessica of Dolores in the Western Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.
GSCO asked Jessica to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.
Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?
I started out being talked into a co-leader position, and “all I needed to do was sign on the bank account.” Our original leader quit right after cookie season started last year, and at first I was terrified. I’ve been the leader since, and it’s been a blessing in disguise.
My family has made friends with families that have common goals like we do, and we have planned set aside time (meetings), that we learn and work together.
Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.
I’ve been co-leader, leader, and troop cookie manager. I also distribute volunteer recruiting supplies as needed, and serve on the service unit team. All roles take different amounts of time, and some people are ready for cookies to be done right after they start. My family makes it a family time experience while selling cookies, and my girls love doing it.
What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?
I’ve learned a lot of things as a Girl Scout volunteer. I’ve learned different ways to teach and let girls help. I’ve learned the Girl Scout steps myself, as I was not one when I was younger. The things we learn at meetings help our daily life. Most importantly, I’ve learned to be flexible, as not all girls learn the same way and at the same rate.
What do you hope girls have learned from you?
I hope girls have learned how to be a strong leader and valuable individual in our community and communication skills. All of those traits will take them a long way in life.
How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?
I’ve personally learned a lot of things, but the best part is I’m passing skills to my daughters as well. We applied risk- taker when we made our initial cookie order. We also offered to take other troops’ stock because my girls were having fun selling. We transferred 102 packages of S’mores after March 1, so we could enter into the S’mores drawing, all not knowing if we could sell the cookies. I’ve learned a lot of leader skills teaching lessons, and using the VTK. We try to apply go-getter to everything we do, whether it’s selling cookies, or finishing homework. The best part is, everything we learn can be applied to everyday life.
Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org.