Tag Archives: COVID-19

Community made masks

Submitted by Sasha Benner

Metro Denver

Lakewood

I work for Lutheran Hospice in Wheat Ridge. I am in charge of distributing PPE to my clinicians. We get any donated supplies from the hospital. When I was in yesterday, I came across some donated cotton masks– keep in mind we distribute these to our patients and families to keep our clinicians safe during home visits. Among the masks were three with familiar looking fabric! Now, I don’t know if these were made by a Girl Scout or not, but being a leader, I felt proud to see this particular fabric being put to good use! I just wanted to shout out to “Saving Humanity One Mask At A Time!”

Thank you!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Update on GSCO Closures Due to COVID-19

The safety and well-being of our members and their families are of paramount importance as we all navigate through the COVID-19 situation together. Because of the continued uncertainty and risks associated with group gatherings, Girl Scouts of Colorado will prohibit all in-person Girl Scout events through June 15, 2020.

We will evaluate cancellation plans every two weeks. All GSCO property reservations have already been canceled through June 30, and all GSCO summer camp programs are canceled through July 31. GSCO staff will continue working remotely this summer. Troops or groups with events planned for more than 50 people this summer, should work on contingency plans.

We know it’s a bummer that we can’t get together in person yet, but check out the Girl Scouts at Home section of our website and blog for fun and innovative ways to stay engaged.

In addition, the GSCO Retail Shop is working on alternative shopping experiences to bring the best service to our members and continue to comply with stringent social distancing requirements. We are hoping to be able to announce more options in the coming weeks.

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Silver Award Project: Making Masks for Seniors

Submitted by Alyssa N.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

My name is Alyssa N. My original plan for my Silver Award had to be reconsidered due to the recent lockdowns and school closures. As a Girl Scout, I saw that many elderly citizens had trouble getting what they needed and that they couldn’t go out as often due to concerns related to coronavirus. The City of Longmont had been holding mask drives near our city’s rec center and I was eager to help. I created this PDF (40962780_how_to_sew_a_mask ) on how I made 30 masks to donate to our elderly citizens and how to care for your masks.

As a Girl Scout, we are taught to use resources wisely. My mom had many fabrics from previous projects. Some of the fabrics had been cut awkward, but they were big enough to be cut to the appropriate width and length. I was also able to use bias tape which my mom had inherited from my great grandma. I really had to be able to innovate new ways to make the masks easier, but also faster. Because my original plan wasn’t able to work, I had to think of a new way to earn my Silver Award, but also from a safe distance at home. I learned that trying to help a community is not hard to do from a safe distance and that many articles and other cites have valuable information to help the earth. One of my accomplishments during this journey is helping my community during a global pandemic and helping people in need.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Honoring Hometown Heroes During COVID-19 Pandemic

Submitted by Jessica Holbrook

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Lupton

Troop 70757 chose Blessings in a Bag for their Hometown Heroes for the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Blessings in a Bag is a local non-profit that gathers food of which they pack into backpacks and deliver to local schools every Friday. They provide meals for kids during the weekend when they aren’t able to get school lunches. The kids who receive these backpacks are those in the most need.

With COVID-19 closing the schools, these backpacks are needed now more than ever. Our troop donated 200 packages to Blessings in a Bag. They filled two weeks worth of backpacks.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cadette Sews 75 Cloth Masks for Neighbors

 

Submitted by Juliana J.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Superior

To help protect the elderly in our community, Juliana sewed 75 cloth face masks, and distributed them to elderly people in our area.  She delivered 25 masks to individuals and families in our neighborhood, and 50 masks to a nearby nursing home and senior living center. The seniors were thrilled to receive the masks, which were a variety of colors and patterns. She has completed more than 70 hours on the project so far, and has earned her Silver Award. She is planning to sew more masks this summer.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Fun patch offered by service unit

Submitted by Judy Therond

Northern & Northeastern CO

Superior

Our service unit decided to create a fun “challenge” patch that Girl Scouts could do from home during this time. We picked activities that would be different from school, and also several geared toward service and brightening others during this time.

We actually followed a format used by the school district for the first week of online learning. It was a “grid” which allowed students to pick out five activities to complete a day.

However, we wanted our “grid” to be Girl Scout based, so we picked activities we felt encompassed many pieces of Girl Scouting. Some activities do not change by level, but others (e.g. cooking/camping) become progressively harder.

If a girl choses to complete the patch, they fill out a Google Form when they are done with their name and troop number. I added a few more entries on the form since I would like to know what activities they picked, and what their favorite activity was, and there is even an optional area to upload a photo, but at a minimum name/troop number would be needed.

By having the form, troop leaders do not need to worry about doing anything on their end except for picking up patches earned in the fall. We are giving Girl Scouts until the end of May 2020 to complete.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Thank healthcare heroes virtually

Submitted by Jennifer Emerson

Metro Denver

Englewood

I am Girl Scout leader and troop cookie manager in the Dandelion Service Unit. Kareen Shapiro, whose daughter is my troop, and I co-founded Raising Kindness Colorado. Our mission is to empower children and families to do good in their community. We held community volunteering events prior to COVID-19. We have had multiple Girl Scout troops attend our community events. Currently, we have gone virtual, and we started a new “event” called Share Art. Spread Joy. to collect art thanking healthcare heroes and soon will be collecting art for retirement homes. We have collected more than 60 submissions for healthcare heroes and have had a few Girl Scout troops participate. We have been reaching out to hospitals and retirement communities to share online children’s hard work. We have Raising Kindness fun patches available for $3. It easy to participate! Girls can use whatever supplies they have in their own homes to create art or write a thank you.

For those interested in ordering patches, please contact Jenny Emerson at jenny@raisingkindnessco.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Give today and participate in #GivingTuesdayNow

#PowerOurPromise and your gift will be used to directly impact girls right here in Colorado.

Let’s unite as a community and make a difference in the lives of our Girl Scouts and their families.

Girl Scouts of Colorado understands that many of our families are facing difficult choices and donations will help families stay in Girl Scouts with financial assistance. Membership dues, uniforms, program fees, and technology support are precious resources that many of our Girl Scout families cannot afford. Your gift, no matter the size, ensures girls and leaders can learn, grow, and continue to make our world a better place.

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Follow GSCO and GSUSA on social media TODAY, make a gift, share using the #GivingTuesdayNow on your social networks, and inspire others to give. Check out https://www.coloradogives.org/ to give to multiple Colorado charities in one transaction.

 

Honoring Heroes

Submitted by Stephanie Daniels

Metro Denver

Westminster

The girls of Troop 68127 in Westminster used their cookie money to send treats to our local hospitals and healthcare heroes. Knowing that many of their classmates have parents who work in healthcare, the girls decided to recognize these amazing people. In turn, they were also able to support a small local business, The Dessert Stand, which  made all of the delicious treats! It was a win-win!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

 

Girl Scouting at Home: Letter-Writing Service Project

Girl Scouts have always stepped up in times of need and our current COVID-19 crisis is no different. We are proud of all that our service units, troops, staff, and girls have done so far to support our community—and the world—during COVID-19. We are also proud to be a part of the larger Girl Scout Movement, which is serving our country and our world. Now, we are proud to share resources to engage in a Movement-wide letter writing campaign to support those in our community who need us most.

The idea is simple: girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff and caregivers. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Ask your girls (and their friends!) to write letters to senior and caretakers using our tips (PDF).
  2. You can mail letters to one of the facilities (PDF) or reach out to a local assisted living center and find out how they would like to receive your troop’s letters. You could collect and deliver them (using no-contact practices), have girls mail them individually, or even deliver them via email. Don’t forget to include a note to tell the staff about the letters you’re sending (DOC).
  3. Share your story of letter writing with Girl Scouts of Colorado on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Be sure to use #GSColo and #GirlScoutsGiveBack.
  4. Visit https://www.girlscouts.org/serviceprojects to log the number of letters to add them to the national campaign! Let’s see how many letters of love and care our Movement can send!
  5. If you wish to recognize your girl’s participation with a patch, we recommend this community service patch.

 Check out some more detailed guidance (PDF).

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.