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Colorado Girl Scouts receive grant from MetLife Foundation

Girl Scouts of Colorado recently received a $20,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation Hispanic Leadership Fund to support its growing statewide Hispanic Initiative. This statewide effort focuses on bringing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more Hispanic girls and volunteers in key population centers throughout Colorado. Local advisory committees will be established with the help of the Hispanic community and business leaders.

The fastest growing ethnic population in Colorado is the Hispanic/Latino community. In Colorado, approximately 30 percent of girls ages 5-17 are Hispanic, and in the last 20 years the Hispanic student population has grown by more than 180 percent in Colorado—20 percent of the total population. To help serve the growing Hispanic population, Girl Scouts of Colorado implemented its Hispanic Initiative in 2010 to provide a more focused approach in serving this population. Funding provided by the MetLife Foundation Hispanic Leadership Fund will assist Girl Scouts of Colorado in developing a stronger infrastructure to support girls and adults, strengthening advisory teams, enhancing partnerships and providing program through Girl Scouts series pathway.

The MetLife Foundation teamed with Girl Scouts of the USA to make the Hispanic Leadership Fund available to Girl Scout councils across the United States, including Colorado. To get involved in Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Hispanic Initiative, please contact Kristin Courington at 720-288-1615 or at kristin.courington@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts was founded nationally in 1912, and is today the premier all-girl leadership development organization in the country. Girl Scouts offers girls a variety of leadership-based programs and activities that promote self-esteem and confidence, life and academic skills, healthy lifestyles, team-building, community service and much more. This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, known as the “Year of the Girl.” There are many ways to get involved in supporting Colorado’s current 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers in fulfilling our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Learn more at girlscoutsofcolorado.org or by calling 1-855-726-4726.

Article about the grant in the Denver Post.

Aurora Girl Scouts hold electronics recycling drive

From Troop 62879

On June 3rd, Girl Scout Troop 62879 hosted an electronics recycling event at three different Denver metro locations. We partnered with Metech Recycling, an e-Stewards recycling company.  We were at Grandview High School in Aurora, Northfield Stapleton in Denver and Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree.  We kept 14,241 pounds of electronic materials out of landfills!  We also collected nearly $600 in donations for Girl Scouts’ Grants for Girls.

This project took us nine months of planning time. On the day of the event we generated media coverage from 9NEWS, CBS Channel 4 and the Denver Post. In the end, we achieved the highest award a Cadette can receive – the Silver Award.  We are proud to be Girl Scouts and to have the opportunity to engage in compelling leadership activities that make the world a better place.

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Girl Scout Color Guard at Mile High United Way 125th Anniversary

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The Girl Scouts were honored to be a part of Mile High United Way’s 125th Anniversary gala celebration on Thursday, June 28 at the new History Colorado Center in Denver. An estimated crowd of 1,200 guests enjoyed an evening filled with music, laugher and history. Montbello High School’s Drum Line kicked off the festivities and led in Girl Scout Troop 3822, a group of home-schooled girls from Douglas County, for their Color Guard presentation.

Special guests included honorary 125th Anniversary chairs Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Mile High United Way, the first United Way in the country, was founded in Denver in 1887 by six visionary community leaders on the belief that together we can do more than any one person can do alone to improve the quality of life for all in our community. That belief sparked the international United Way movement which now boasts 1800 community-based United Ways in 40 countries and territories.

100 Girl Scouts honored at Cookie Dinner

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The annual Girl Scouts of Colorado Top Seller Cookie Dinner was held in Denver on Saturday, June 9th. Girls honored at the event had sold 750 or more packages of cookies during the 2012 Cookie Program. A fun evening of dressing up and dancing the night away was had by all!

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Girls get moxie to be President

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Can a woman be President? She can be President or anything else she wants, is the message that 75 Junior Girl Scouts went home with after spending the day at the Colorado State Capitol on June 1. The girls learned about the Women’s suffrage movement and the accomplishments of America’s most inspiring female politicians, including Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

“It was shocking to learn that women didn’t used to have a lot of rights,” said Dakota S. from Troop 2569 in Westminster. “I like the idea of women running for office, and I want to do it. Maybe I’ll be the first woman President!”

The girls had some lively debate during a mock election to decide whether cell phones should be allowed in school. Teams represented various constituents and lobbied for their position. The day ended with girls staging their own political campaign, with girls taking on the roles of candidate, campaign manager, press secretary, volunteer coordinator and finance director. This leadership experience was sponsored by AT&T.

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GIRL SCOUT TROOP IN AURORA ATTEMPTS TO BREAK WORLD’S RECORD FOR RECYCLING ELECTRONICS

Millions of electronics are carelessly tossed into landfills every year.  Girl Scout Troop 2879, from Aurora, Colorado, recognized this environmentally damaging situation and is striving to change the practice and break a Guinness World Record at the same time.  Aurora Troop 2879, partnered with a national electronics company, Metech Recycling, is spreading the word to other Girl Scout Troops across the country.  On June 3, 2012, Metech Recycling and Girl Scout troops across the United States are attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the most electronics recycled in a day.

In Colorado, Troop 2879 and Metech Recycling will be collecting electronics from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at three Denver Metro locations:

  • Aurora – Grandview High School, 20500 E Arapahoe Rd, Aurora, CO 80016 (along Arapahoe Road).
  • Denver – The Shops @ Northfield Stapleton (North of Off Broadway Shoes, East of Macy’s)
  • Lonetree – Sky Ridge Hospital (South parking lot near the ER, follow Emergency signs)

Troop 2879 and other Girl Scout troops selected Metech Recycling for this project because they are a Certified e-Stewards recycler.  That means Metech Recycling meets the highest environmental standards and ensures that personal data on electronic devices is securely destroyed to protect your identity.  Over 95% of all materials will be securely recycled for remanufacture.  No recycled materials will be incinerated, landfilled, or shipped abroad to be dumped.  For more detailed information, visit www.metechrecycling.com.

Responsibly recycling electronics requires some fees to cover processing costs. Referring to the appliance chart on https://appliancereviewer.co.uk we see that the fees for smaller computer monitors and TVs will be $10; televisions and monitors larger than 20 diagonal inches will cost $15.  Printers, fax machines, DVD players, VCRs, vacuums and other small appliances will cost $1 each.  Items such as desktop and laptop computers, iPads, iPods, mice, keyboards, VCR tapes, all types of power cords, etc. are recycled at no cost to the consumer.  Residents bringing electronics for secure recycling should be prepared to pay these fees by cash or check.

The Girl Scouts will also be accepting donations for Grants for Girls.  Grants for Girls assist girls who financially cannot join Girl Scouts as well as provide programming materials for girls with financial need.  Girl Scouts of any age are welcome to volunteer to help with this project.  Please contact Troop 2879 for more detailed information at Troop2879@gmail.com.

Troop 75 donates Teddy Bears to first responders

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Submitted by Rachel Whitmire
Denver

On April 25th, Rural/Metro-Pridemark Ambulance and Girl Scout Troop 75 teamed up to help each other and help others. The troop of 17 Daises and Brownies used a portion of their cookie sale proceeds to purchase 75 stuffed bears for donation to Rural/Metro-Pridemark Ambulance.

“We give the toys to our youngest patients as a way to help comfort them in a crisis,” says Courtney Morehouse, PIO for Rural/Metro-Pridemark. Many times, children are frightened when they need to be transported by ambulance. The bears help ease their fears and help the EMTs and paramedics provide necessary medical care during an emergency.

As a thank you to the troop, Rural/Metro-Pridemark EMT Kyle Mickelson gave a 30 minute first aid presentation and ambulance tour to the girls. They learned about emergencies, 9-1-1, and first aid safety, which will help the girls earn their First Aid badge.

The stuffed bear donation is part of the troop¹s “caring and sharing” unit, which included collecting 600 boxes of cookies for donation to their Hometown Heroes, the 1,200+ volunteers of the Denver Dumb Friends League; delivering handmade pet beds and toys to the pets at the DDFL; collecting 83 boxes of cookies for donation to Operation Gratitude; and visiting a senior center to visit with the residents, decorate for Valentine’s Day and bring handmade gifts and cards to the residents.

About Rural/Metro in Colorado

Rural/Metro-Pridemark Ambulance provides emergency and non-emergency ambulance services in Colorado. Rural/Metro also provides non-emergency medical transportation services to several Denver Metro area hospitals and healthcare providers. The workforce of over 400 highly trained EMTs, paramedics, RNs, dispatchers, fleet mechanics, vehicle supply technicians, and administrative personnel value their communities as much as their patients. The company is committed to a positive patient experience and strong community partnerships.

Parker Girl Scouts lead successful Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary event

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Girl Scout Troop 1292 of Parker wanted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in a big way. So they worked for several months to put together a Flash Mob for Girl Scouts of Colorado to celebrate this historic occasion. The dance for the Flash Mob was to the popular Girl Scout song IGNITE by Lifetime Girl Scout Member Melinda Caroll, which will be sung/danced to at many Girl Scout events over the coming year including the Rock the Mall National 100th Anniversary Sing-Along event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in June.

On Saturday, March 17th, in the midst of the exciting St. Patrick’s Day festivities in downtown Denver, more than 100 Colorado Girl Scouts, who were decked out in green and grinning from ear-to-ear, gathered in Writer’s Square on 16th Street Mall for the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary Flash Mob. Girl Scouts, leaders, families, friends and alumnae traveled from all over Colorado to be at the event. There were girls from Aurora, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Denver, Lakewood, Monument, Parker, Superior, Thornton and Westminster.

Here is a video the troop created from the events. Nice work Troop 1292!

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It’s A Girl! – Happy 100th Anniversary, Girl Scouts!

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In honor of Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, I was given the opportunity to celebrate with Troop 2227 by participating in the ‘It’s A Girl’ Service Project. More than 25 troops assisted in this project at different hospitals all over the state of Colorado. To participate, each troop adopted a hospital in their respective area, then made special items for the baby girls born on March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts’ official 100th anniversary. These gifts included care packages, blankets, hats, scrapbooks and more!

Troop 2227 adopted University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo. I was able to meet with the troop leader, Lynette Harper, her daughter Paige, fellow troop member Brianna Bullock and her mother, Toni. The Girl Scout Seniors showed up in their sashes with pink blankets to present to two newborn baby girls.

The Media Relations Coordinator at the University of Colorado Hospital, Dan Weaver, met us at the Inpatient Pavilion. Like us, he was very excited about this project. He even arranged for 9NEWS to come and interview the girls! After he walked us up to the Maternity section of the hospital, we walked into the first hospital room to meet newborn Jenise Williams and her mother.

With the 9NEWS cameras rolling, Brianna and Paige presented baby Jenise with her Honorary 2012 Troop certificate, which allows her to come to Girl Scouts when she is five years old and have a free year of membership as a Girl Scout Daisy. The girls also presented her with her new baby blanket. In the second room, they met baby Zareah Boulden and her family. Second time around, Brianna and Paige were pros at explaining the certificate and baby blanket!

I hate to sound cheesy, but being a part of this particular service project on Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary was truly magical. Being able to watch the girls present their gifts to the newborn baby girls was very humbling, and you could tell it made the families special day even MORE special. Also, I felt such a large sense of pride watching these Girl Scout Seniors show these families first-hand what an amazing organization Girl Scouts is. These newborn baby girls are being brought into the world with so much promise and possibilities, and the Girl Scouts will always encourage them to follow their dreams.

In addition, Troop 1944 visited Rose Medical Center in Denver and presented the newborns with fun gifts as well! These troops were lucky to be able to get a peek of these brand new baby girls too!

If your troop did a similar project, we’d love to see your photos. Submit them to us on our website.

Girl Scouts receives donation from Alpine Buick GMC

Courtesy of Alpine Buick GMC press release

Alpine Buick GMC (Alpine), a General Motors dealership located
in south Denver, announced the recipients of its quarterly charitable giving awards. Donations are given to organizations making a difference in the lives of families in the Denver metro region.

Alpine chose the following organizations to receive much-needed funds:

  • Colorado Academy’s Annual Campaign Fund
  • Leawood Elementary School, a Jefferson County elementary school located in Littleton, Colo.
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Discover All You Can Be and Girls Are Great programs
  • Take Jake, a non-profit designed to promote and educate the community on the importance of organ and tissue donation
  • The Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Courage Classic, a 157-mile bike race benefiting sick and injured kids

Alpine owner Ivette Dominguez (who has also been honored by Girl Scouts of Colorado as a Woman of Distinction honoree, or a leader in the community) began the program, called The Alpine Difference, in January 2011 as a way to better serve organizations in the community. Each quarter Dominguez and her team choose worthy charities to receive much-needed funds.

“The Alpine Difference donation provided funding for our staff-led programs that give leadership opportunities to 10,000 girls annually, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds,” said Megan Ferland, president and CEO of Girls Scouts of Colorado. “We believe that all girls deserve the opportunity to learn leadership skills through Girl Scouting. Alpine’s generosity helps us provide that opportunity to many girls who would not otherwise get the chance.”

Consideration for these awards is given to those groups or individuals that promote education, health and wellness, the concerns of women and children, anti-violence or safety.

“Giving back to the community is part of our culture at Alpine,” said Dominguez. “The Alpine Difference allows us to better understand the needs in the community and help in our own small way.”