The year 2020 has been rough on most everyone, especially youth. 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.
The unfortunate truth is that 2021, and years after, will remain challenging.
Maintaining routines, preserving normalcy, and staying connected are crucial to helping youth through the trauma of this difficult time. Connection and community-building are core to Girl Scouting, and GSGI provides the resources to help girls and families when they feel alone.
Our Annual Fund is what provides security and stability for our organization, in turn providing security and stability for the Girl Scouts in Greater Iowa. This will never change. 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.
As Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa rebounds from 2020 and prepares for the uncertainty of the future, we are calling out to donors and supporters for your help. Our hope lies in you.
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 gift to our Annual Fund is a gift directly to local Girl Scouts.
Please consider a donation today.