Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Katy Herstein of Highlands Ranch in the Metro Denver is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.
GSCO asked Katy 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?
When my now 17-year-old daughter was entering Kindergarten, a flyer came home from school about Girl Scout troops forming. I went to a parent meeting and hearing how I could affect the growth of girls outside schools and sports spoke volumes to me. I wasn’t completely aware I was looking for something for myself to grow from as well. Reflecting back on the moment I raised my hand to be a leader, I realize it was as much for me as for my daughter.
Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.
I began as a leader and very quickly realized that I was very passionate about Girl Scouts and made the move to do more for the organization. I run two troops and am a service unit leader. I also am a member of the MCC and sit on the committee for Volunteer Recognition.
What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?
I have learned that I have a lot of enthusiasm for learning new things! Girl Scouts gives girls the opportunity to dive deep into learning new skills and embrace continued growth. I didn’t realize I had such a passion for also stretching my wings and learn along with them.
What do you hope girls have learned from you?
I hope that I have passed on the process of Discover, Connect, and Take Action. I love this process for everything in life and I talk about it a lot with my Girl Scouts. I feel it is a great process to go through in so many things in life. It triggers curiosity and to dive deeper into understanding things and then taking action in the right places to make a change.
Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org.