Volunteer Spotlight: Shannon Cordova

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Shannon Cordova 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 Shannon 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 Girl Scout volunteer because my daughter was interested in joining. I wanted to be a part of it and take an interest in the things and activities that interested her.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I started out as  a simple volunteer. I helped where and when needed. I was an extra set of eyes, I helped at cookie booths, and with activities such as World Thinking Day.  Last year, our troop leader left the area and our girls found themselves without a leader, so I became the leader of the troop.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

The most important thing I learned is that the girls do not need a hero. They just need someone that cares and is invested in them. They have the most amazing ideas and with a little bit of guidance can come up with some pretty cool ideas for badges and activities.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope they learn to be free thinkers. I hope they learn to share their thoughts and ideas loud and proud. I hope they learn that they can do anything they want to do. Most importantly, I hope they learn to support each other.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.