As 2020 progresses, we’d like to take a moment to sincerely thank you for being a part of our community of support. By championing Girl Scouts, you help build the next generation of leaders, advocates, and innovators – the very people we need to overcome global challenges today and tomorrow.
The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has changed much of our council’s regular activities. Our work to pivot in the spring has now developed into a rhythm of online programming, virtual fundraising, and preparing creative approaches to Girl Scout staples like cookie sales and camp. We feel fortunate to have the phenomenal volunteers, community partners, and technology to support safe and effective new strategies for Girl Scouting. Many of our adaptations will undoubtedly make future Girl Scout programming more accessible and equitable for all.
This year and its many challenges starkly illuminated the systems of oppression entrenched in our society. Both nationally and locally, Girl Scouts has a history of ideologically supporting civil rights and justice while struggling to create truly inclusive programs and membership opportunities. By focusing our attention on community members who are furthest from racial, economic, and social justice, Girl Scouts can be an instrument of change, promoting equitable outcomes for all. Through careful and honest assessment and creating new training, programs, and practices, we commit to growing as an anti-racist and anti-oppressive organization.
Through all the recent changes, we are grateful for supportive partnerships that give our members and our community the resources they need to better the world. From inspiring individual giving, to generous grant funders, to corporate funder flexibility, you meet each Girl Scout with the opportunities, resources, and assistance they need to fulfill their potential. Thank you for believing in local youth and, through Girl Scouts, investing in the spectacular future they are creating.
With sincere gratitude,
Megan Ferland, CEO, Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Mae Numata, Board Chair, Girl Scouts of Western Washington
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