Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Sheri Coy of Hesperus in the Southwestern Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.
GSCO asked Sheri 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 became a volunteer because there was a need for the troop that my daughter was in. There was no one to run the troop and I did not want the girls to lose the troop, so I stepped up. I was sure this would be a great bonding for my daughter and I as well.
Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.
When I started my main role was a troop leader for our troop, then I became an active member of our service unit leadership team. I am the treasurer of the service unit leadership team alon side Dayna, but I did not stop there. I am also the fall product program manager and now the service unit cookie manager for our area.
What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?
I have learned that everyone works in different ways, a lot of diversity. I have learned to help girls reach their goal and learn confidence, as well as courage to take risks; that I myself had growth to achieve alongside of the girls; and the reward from knowing you make a difference is worth it all.
What do you hope girls have learned from you?
My hope for the girls learning from me would be the acceptance of their selves, be kind and helpful, and know they won’t always succeed the first time, but to have the confidence to try over and over till they are happy with the choices they choose. I could go on and on for what I hope they learn from me. I can sum it up best by saying I hope they learn to always use the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?
My experience has touched on G.I.R.L. in all the ways that the word girl means. I have enhanced my risk-taking by stepping out of my comfort zone. My go-getter is stronger since working with the girls. My leadership has been improved, as well with being an innovator. We have all grown so much together.
Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nomination deadline for 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards is April 30. GSCO invites members statewide to take this opportunity to recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you. Learn more.