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Volunteer View: September 2020

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Make Double the Difference For the Girls. While many of us adjust to remote schooling alongside remote troop meetings, we at Girl Scouts want to make sure that no matter the ups and downs of life, our focus is on supporting girls throughout Northern California. The GSNorCal Opportunity Fund ensures all girls have equitable access to Girl Scouts, and the incredible sisterhood, supportive adults, and special experiences that make our programming so vital in our world today.

Thanks to the generosity of current and former board members, you can double your impact with the For the Girls Giving Challenge. Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000! That means your gift of $10 becomes $20, or your gift of $50 becomes $100! Together we can raise $200,000 and give over 250 girls the gift of connection and belonging. All donors who donate by September 8, 2020 will be invited to our “For the Girls” online reception on September 10, 2020. Text ‘Sisterhood’ to 243725, or donate online to support the transformative power of Girl Scouts. Will you join us?

Resources for Remote Back-to-Troop Success

Coupons, patches, and resources, oh my! This new troop year may be different, but we have everything you need to make sure it’s jam-packed with sisterhood, support, and special experiences for your girls.

Invite a Friend to Start a New Troop and Receive a $50 Coupon

Expand your Girl Scout family! Invite a friend to start a new troop with at least four girls and one additional adult volunteer, and you’ll both get a $50 coupon to the Girl Scout shop! Both you and your friend must submit the Invite a Friend online form before October 31, 2020 to qualify.

Grow Your Troop and Earn a Patch

Your troop rocks, so why not make room for more sisterhood! You can increase your desired troop size so that new girls and adults can discover your troop and join in on the fun and learning. Submit 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 to earn your patch!

Get Outdoors at Home

We may still be sheltering-in-place at one level or another, but the great outdoors is still right at your fingertips. Try out our new grade-level-specific Outdoors at Home activity guides or get your hands dirty as a troop with these creative DIY gardening projects for all ages!

Volunteer Training Opportunities


  • Getting used to your new troop normal, or wondering how to make virtual troop meetings work for you? Check out new virtual and hybrid meeting and event resources with The Girl Scout Playbook!
  • The Fall Take Action Program starts October 3, so join us for our first-ever virtual troop kickoff meetings on September 8 through 12: "Bravely Be You" and "Trust Your Strengths”. We’ll cover the theme, products, and service opportunities of this year's program, and why participation can benefit girls, troops, and the endangered Pygmy three-toed sloth.

Reminders and Announcements

Mark your calendars for the Columbia Sportswear event September 18 through October 18! Girl Scout staff, volunteers, and families will have access to Columbia’s private employee store in the East Bay, with items marked at 40 to 50% off of original retail price! 10% of purchases donated back to GSNorCal. See the invitation for details on how to access the sale. For more information on the store and their response to COVID-19.

Summer of Sisterhood isn’t over yet! Explore our activity guides and purchase the corresponding fun patches as your girls complete the challenges!

As we continue to shelter in place, remember to review the GSNorCal COVID-19 Checklists on when/how to meet up in person. 

Support Girl Scouts and order curbside pickup! Watch this video to learn how to order, and browse the GSNorCal Catalog via our Retail Order Form. To thank you for your purchase, all curbside orders will include a coupon for a future curbside order. 

Girl Scouts can use Reward Cards to purchase tablets, laptops, or desktops through September 30! This opportunity is just in time for girls to launch their 2020 Fall Take Action Program online shop on October 3, so they’ll be ready to dive into the world of digital marketing. Please view the available selections and submit this form to convert Reward Card funds.

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