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Silver Award project: Hope Farms

Submitted by Nikki Goethals

Metro Denver

Aurora

For our Silver Award, Troop 2551 decided to help out at a nonprofit organization called Hope Farms in Elizabeth, Colorado. Their mission is to offer an opportunity for people and animals to learn, grow, and heal together in nature.

It was an amazing opportunity to help provide for people and animals at the farm. Hope Farms provides experiences for anyone in the community, regardless of ability, to learn about nature and animals on their farm.

There are a variety of animals on the farm that we learned about. There were horses, ponies, donkeys, cows, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, alpacas, dogs, cats, and more.

We felt we could help provide some additions to the farm to greater benefit the farm volunteers and attendees. We completed three projects for their sensory trail to donate to Hope Farms. We built and stained two benches for people to sit on at the farm to either take a break or to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds. We created a sign for their sensory trail and hand painted symbols for each sense. We also spray painted black tires bright colors for the participants to sit or play on outside. The troop used their remaining money to purchase a colorful wind chime for listening to. It was an amazing experience for us.

We learned various skills like woodworking, painting, planning, and most importantly, helping others and improving our community. We had an amazing time and Troop 2551 would like to do more volunteer work for Hope Farms in the future!

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Cadettes from Troop 2551 help out at Terolyn Horse Rescue

Submitted by Jennifer Harrison

Metro Denver

Aurora

Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop 2551 wanted to earn their Silver Award by helping out animals, so we found Terolyn Horse Rescue in Elizabeth. Terolyn is run almost exclusively by Teri Allen, who rescues horses from dire situations, rehabilitates them, and finds them new homes. Teri works very hard and there were plenty of projects around her ranch for our girls. The girls decided to help by photographing and inventorying a trailer full of donations and building a set of obstacles to help Teri with training horses. The girls found plenty of time to love on some of Teri’s wonderful adoptable horses!

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Gift of Caring success!

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Submitted by Becky Leach

Elizabeth

Pikes Peak

Our combined troop of Brownies and Juniors set their goals like every other troop for their cookie sales. They live in a semi-rural area, with only a couple of stores available to sell cookies from, so they had some obstacles to overcome.

The girls discussed the merits of selling cookies for our servicemen and women instead of actual boxes. They set a goal of 750 boxes via donations to sell through “Gift of Caring”. They met with women in the active military stationed in our area to learn about what it was like for women to be in the U.S. Army and Air Force. They received photos from troops serving overseas who had benefitted from getting Girl Scout Cookies.

The girls made special vests to wear at their cookie booth events that promoted the GOC cause and had many good conversations with customers who wouldn’t have bought cookies for themselves. Every customer was asked to donate their change to help buy just one more box for our military! In the end, they surpassed their goal and were able to donate 1174 boxes to our military troops! They were very excited to learn that they were the top Gift of Caring contributor in the state of Colorado!

A special thank you for our Co-Leader and Cookie Sale Manager, Renee Carroll-Jarboe, for her hard work and dedication to this cause!

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Take Action project for Troop 899 helps animals

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Submitted by Teri Lindsey
Elizabeth

Our troop of 13 Juniors made 162 fluffy cat beds and 88 cat toys to donate to the Denver Dumb Friends League as our Take Action project. The troop worked together to identify a need in our community, contacted the necessary people, found out how we could help and got to work!

We very much enjoyed our field trip to the Dumb Friends League to drop off the items – staff there told us that our donation was the largest they had ever received at one time! We were happy to learn how to work together as a team to meet a need in our community.

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