How You Can Support Fire Relief Efforts
- Your troop can vote to use your Fall Product Program proceeds to fund service projects or purchase in-kind items to donate to organizations or fellow Girl Scout members.
- Individuals or troops can make a donation to the GSNorCal Opportunity Fund, which is used to help cover the cost of replacement uniforms and awards, membership dues, camp registration, and program fees for girls, especially for families that have been affected by the fires.
- If you feel
inspired to sell Fall Product Program inventory on behalf of troops
in the fire affected areas, you have a few options:
- If you still have inventory on-hand, you can use the proceeds from your sales to donate to girls or troops in Butte County.
- If you don't have any inventory left and would like to sell more on behalf of troops in Butte County, contact your local Fall Product Cupboard to arrange a pick-up. Please note that the same rules regarding unsold inventory still apply—we cannot accept any returns this late in the program.
- If you don't have any inventory left but also don't want to sell additional product, you may simply donate any portion of proceeds from your sales to troops in Butte County.
- If you'd like to donate in-kind items to the families of Girl Scouts who have been affected by the fires, contact Kristen Pierce, Membership Director for North Central, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your troop is interested in supporting Girl Scouts affected by the Northern California fires, please review the Fire Relief Fundraising FAQ document for more information.
From the moment GSNorCal learned about the Camp fire, Kristen has been keeping in close contact with members in the area and is leading the charge to support our girls and their families however we can. GSNorCal will be launching a council-wide initiative shortly but in the interim, whether you live in the fire affected areas or would like to support your fellow Girl Scouts who do, Kristen can help!
Adopt-a-Girl Scout Family
In times like these, we know that we are Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders, and we want to support our fellow Girl Scout families who have been affected by the fire. With GSNorCal's Adopt-a-GS Family programs, you can bring cheer, sisterhood, and love to our fellow Girl Scouts in need.
If you're looking to receive support, fill out this Adopt-a-Family recipient form and submit it by December 5, 2018.
If you're interested in supporting a Girl Scout family, review and submit this Adopt-a-Family donor form.
Fall Product Program Participants
We know this past week has been challenging for the hundreds of members who have been affected by the Camp fire in Butte County. In order to best support the girls who have had their Fall Product Program businesses impacted by evacuations and air quality issues, we are making some changes to this year's schedule and adjusting the final ACH date to allow additional time to sell remaining inventory.
Note the updated schedule for all participants:
- 11/18 – All cupboards close (no change)
- 12/2 – Last day to sell in-hand inventory (added 2 weeks); we recommend door-to-door sales, as not all booth locations will continue to welcome girls over holiday weekends
- 12/2 – Last day for Parents to select their girls' rewards (added 2 days)
- 12/12–Final ACH due (added 1 week)
Due to the unfortunate circumstances for our sister troops in Butte County, we encourage you to consider an additional effort to benefit the girls in that area.
For Members in Butte County (Paradise, Chico, Oroville, Gridley):
- All participating girls and troops may return troop product to the Chico Cupboard by December 3, 2018 during regular office hours.
- Troops who have experienced loss of product due to fire or smoke should submit an online ACH Discrepancy form as soon as possible, but no later than December 3, 2018.
- Girls who are unable to fulfill their girl delivery orders should contact Nancy Kenyon (email@example.com) and Minda Azevedo (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible, but no later than December 3, 2018.
It's been heartwarming to see our community come together to support our sister Girl Scouts during this difficult time and we've never been more proud of the G.I.R.L.'s (Go-getters, Risk-takers, Innovators, Leaders) in our council.
If you have questions, please contact Nancy Kenyon, Director of Product Program, at email@example.com.
We'll keep the council website up to date with closures and changes to the business hours, but we advise that you call ahead before making a trip to the Chico shop (800-447-4475, ext. 7090) while the Camp fire is active.
UPDATE 11/16, 8:30 AM: Our Chico shop will be closed through November 25, and will reopen on November 26 at 10:30 AM. Please contact the Redding shop with any concerns regarding uniform replacement at 800-447-4475, ext. 7090. Free shipping will be provided to members as needed.
The Chico Office will have special hours through November 21. Please check here for updated office hours. We advise that you continue to call ahead before making a trip to the shop while the Camp fire is active.
Due to the extremely poor air quality in the area, all outdoor programs and some indoor programs scheduled for this weekend (11/16/2018–11/18/2018) will be cancelled and/or rescheduled. Our Member Services team will be reaching out directly to everyone who was registered for an affected program. If you have any questions, please contact our Member Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-447-4475.
UPDATE 11/14, 8:30 AM: Our Chico shop will again be closed today, but the office will be open 10 AM–1 PM and 2 PM–5 PM.
UPDATE 11/12, 8:00 AM: Due to the heavy smoke in the area, our Chico shop will be closed today, but the office will remain open.
UPDATE 11/9, 4:45 PM: As of now, the Chico office and shop is scheduled to be open again on Monday, November 12.
UPDATE 11/9, 11:50 AM: Fall Product Program booths in Paradise, Chico, and other fire affected areas are canceled, effective immediately. Please focus on yourselves, your families and your immediate needs. Your safety and well-being are our #1 priority.
Due to the poor air quality as a result of the fires in Northern California, the Camp Like a Girl program scheduled for November 10th, 2019 will be cancelled. Our Member Services team will be providing full refunds to everyone who was registered. Due to the large amount of registrations, we are expecting refunds to appear back onto the card used during registration within 7–10 business days.
UPDATE 11/8: Our Chico offices and shop will be closed tomorrow, November 9th, so that our staff can focus on keeping their homes and families safe.
ORIGINAL UPDATE, 11/8: Our hearts are with the communities and all our Girl Scout sisters affected by the Camp fire in Butte county. It's been a rough 2 years of fires for Northern California and we are so grateful for the firefighters, first responders, and volunteers who are helping to keep us safe when we need it the most. 💚
GSNorCal will continue to monitor the situation to find how we can best support our members in the coming days. At this time, the best thing your troop can do to help your sister Girl Scouts is to make a donation to our Opportunity Fund, which is used to help cover the cost of replacement uniforms and awards, membership dues, camp registration, and program fees for girls, especially for families that have been affected by the fires.
Once we have a better understanding of the material needs of members in the affected community, we'll keep you up to date on any donation drives or service projects that you can participate in.
Please keep an eye on the air quality and keep your troop indoors as much as possible, if needed. Stay safe, Girl Scouts!