Across Greater Iowa, girls have seen schools close, experienced
disrupted routines, the pain of social injustice, and financial
hardship. They’ve been distanced from friends, teachers, and many who
love and care for them. The long-term pause on many social activities
and routines have led to so much change and stress that girls
are having a mental health crisis.
In a recent national survey, girls reported the highest rates of
loneliness on record. In 2019 – months before COVID-19 hit – more than
one in three girls in the U.S. said they felt extremely anxious daily.
Even worse, suicide rates in girls ages 10-14 have increased nearly
13% since 2007.
Connection and community-building are core to Girl Scouting, and
GSGI provides the resources to help girls and families when they
Our Annual Fund provides security and stability for our
organization, in turn providing security and stability for the Girl
Scouts in Greater Iowa. This will never change. As school programming
adapts, and families juggle the changes, your support provide a
healthy outlet for girls to stay connected with their friends and
community. More girls experience life-changing programs in Girl Scouts
when our organization has the resources to provide programming.
Without a secure Annual Fund, we run the risk of losing those
resources, directly impacting the girls.
GSGI is 100% locally funded. A gift to our Annual Fund spreads
across all departments and all council needs. A gift to our Annual
Fund fuels our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and
character. A healthy Annual Fund helps to provide girls with girl-led,
girl-only programming in the core areas of STEM, outdoors, life
skills, and entrepreneurship. A gift to our Annual Fund is a
gift directly to local Girl Scouts.
Want to support the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa and your
local community? As Girl Scouts wrap up the 2021 cookie season, we
again have the opportunity to share the love by donating cookies to
hundreds of deserving organizations across Greater Iowa.
Every $60 donation you make to the Cookie Relief Fund sends one case
of cookies (12 packages) to deserving organizations across Greater
Iowa in need of cookies AND funds the Girl Scout experience of a local
girl. Proceeds from cookie sales stay 100% local, so you can feel
confident that your donation to the Cookie Relief Fund directly
impacts two organizations – Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa and the lucky
cookie recipient. Give here.