26 Oct

Make a Difference in Celebration of Juliette Low’s Birthday

By Barbara Murphy-Warrington, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater New York


Over the next few days, we have great reason to celebrate and to take action. October 27th marks Make A Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of volunteering; October 31st is the celebration of our founder Juliette Low’s birthday.

It is fitting that Make A Difference Day occurs within a few days of Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday. After all, it was Juliette’s vision to create a movement that not only empowered girls, but also encouraged them to make the world a better place. For the past 100 years, it is this vision - a commitment to individual leadership and global responsibility - that has set the Girl Scouts apart from other organizations.

The fact of the matter is that every day is Make A Difference Day at the Girl Scouts.

Our 26,500 New York City Girl Scouts and 9,200 volunteers can and do make a difference every day through their community service and Take Action projects: from running book drives for homeless shelters to making Mother’s Day cards for Meals On Wheels recipients; from creating campaigns to conserve water to cleaning up parks; and much, much more.

Throughout our 100-year history, Girl Scouts have also made a difference that has had broader impact. During World War I and World War II, Girl Scouts helped the Allied forces by selling defense bonds, growing victory gardens, and collecting waste fat and scrap iron. In the 1960s Girl Scouts supported civil rights efforts in keeping with its commitment to inclusion and in the 1970s Girl Scouts were engaged in environmental awareness programs. Girl Scouts were also active in national literacy and health campaigns.

If your troop and/or you are participating in a Make A Difference Day activity, I encourage you to apply to be an award recipient for Make a Difference Day. Visit their website here for more information. And, during the year-long celebration of our Council’s 100th anniversary, plan to take part in the national Take Action Project: Girl Scouts Forever Green, powered by Alcoa. For more information visit www.girlscouts.org/gsforevergreen.

Juliette Low once said: “The work of today is the history of tomorrow and we are its makers.” You are those history makers. Make history by making a difference.

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