Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Receives $49,617 Grant From USDA — 


Nov. 29, 2012

CONTACT: Megan Brown

Public Relations Manager

Phone: 515-278-2881

(c) 515-423-7341


DES MOINES – Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa (GSGI) was recently awarded a $49,617 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is one of four Girl Scout councils in the nation to receive the first-time grant.  The funds will be used in an effort to promote rural community development through “Take Action” projects, implemented and carried out by local Girl Scouts.

“We really believe girls are great leaders and have the ability to make sustainable changes in their communities,” Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa CEO Jamie Boersma said. “This grant will help give them the tools they need to make a difference today.”

The grant provides middle and high school girls in Charles City and Algona with opportunities to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills through youth-adult partnerships. Those partnerships will foster projects to address long-term societal issues, such as health and environmental concerns, public safety, and education.

“Girl Scouts within our council are truly helping make this world a better place, thanks to the generosity of the USDA – and we’re very grateful for that,” Boersma said.

The “Take Action” projects are set to begin this fall with a community needs and resource assessment conducted by Girl Scouts. GSGI plans to update the Council Blog with progress reports as they are available.

To view GSGI’s blog, visit:

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About Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa:
Serving girls in Central and Western Iowa, NE Nebraska and SE South Dakota, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa provides leadership programming to over 15,000 girls and 4,000 adult volunteers. It is a great time to be a Girl Scout and you can sign up at any time during the year. To find out more about our program, please visit our website at or call us at 800-342-8389.

About Girl Scouts of the USA
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-GSUSA-4-U (800-478-7248) or visit

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