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Volunteer View: December

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Giving Tuesday

We’ve all done an incredible job to support Girl Scouts through this wild and strange year, and we at GSNorCal are gearing up to continue to improve that support, no matter what 2021 looks like. Your work as volunteers is so important, and deeply appreciated. Today on this Giving Tuesday, we may not be able to be together physically but we can give thanks for the gift of Sisterhood, Resilience, and Community.

If you can, we’d be delighted by your donation in any amount, or spread the word in your communities, both online and off, to donate to Girl Scouts using the hashtags #GivingTuesday #PowerOurPromise and #TogetherWeGive. Text SISTERHOOD to 243725 to donate, or give online!

Fall Resources for Girl Scout Go-Getting

Whether you’re prepping for a uniquely digital Cookie Program or finding ways for girls to grow in confidence and resilience by gaining new skills at home, these resources have you covered this fall.

Prep for 2021 Cookie Program

Although the Cookie Program has been digital for years, this may be your troop’s first year relying solely on digital or remote sales to power their cookie businesses. Digital Cookie opens January 15, with online stores launching to the public January 23, but there’s still plenty of time to dive into all the resources and tips your troop needs to become digital marketing mavens.

30+ Essential Life Skills for Girl Scout Independence

Just because your troop is stuck at home doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for learning, growth, and resilience! Check out these 30+ essential life skills girls can learn at home to prepare them to be independent and confident adults.

Volunteer Support Opportunities

  • It's time to kick-off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program! Our GSNorCal Product Program team is hosting four virtual kickoffs open to all troop volunteers on December 5, 8, 10, and 12. We are looking forward to sharing the program theme, mascot, and our thoughts in approaching the program for 2021. Plus, you can let families know we’re planning a kick-off meeting for them on January 6! Register for any of the meeting times today!
  • The GSNorCal Zoom Activation form is now available for volunteers looking to purchase a discounted Zoom account ($36). For more information, go to the gsZoom Account Activation drop-down on the Troop Leader Blueprint webpage. If you're a new troop leader, a service unit leader, or troop leader who renewed 70% or more of your girls early, please check your spam folders for your special promo code.

Reminders and Announcements

We’re transitioning to new volunteer systems!
 Remember VTK & myGS is still down for enhancements until Monday. If you're looking for activities to do with your troop, check out troop leader blueprint

National Free Shipping ends at the end of 2020, so get your online orders in now for maximum savings. Free shipping does apply to online orders of in GSNorCal store items, but please know that if you're combining items we already have in store with items we do not have in stock, your order will be delayed.

It’s not too late to qualify for the Grow Your Troop patch! Fill out the Grow Your Troop online form by November 30, 2020, and add at least one new girl and adult volunteer space, then add at least one new girl and adult volunteer to your troop by January 31, 2021 and don't forget your troop will need to be active and meeting virtually this year.

Use your converted cookie dough for your holiday shopping! Check out our Cookie Dough Catalog and treat someone special. Now featuring thrifty and nifty gift guides featuring super cool items for $10, $8, and $5 or less. Remember that you can still convert your Reward Cards.

Does your employer offer “Dollars for Doers"? Many companies encourage their employees to volunteer in the communities where they live and work—in turn, the employer will offer matching dollars for the hours. Inquire with your Human Resources department about your program, or check out this list of companies that offer this kind of financial support!

Looking for previous issues of Volunteer View? Check them out on our GSNorCal Publications page