01 Oct

First Lady Michelle Obama supports Girl Scouts in a Video Message to Volunteers

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In a new video that was released nationwide today by Girl Scouts of the USA, First Lady Michelle Obama highlights the important role played by Girl Scout volunteers.

The video coincides with the launch of the new national campaign to increase recruitment of girl members and adult volunteers while highlighting the fun, excitement, and anticipation that is part of the Girl Scout experience.

With 3.2 million Girl Scouts and 112 Girl Scout councils across the country, parents, caregivers, and volunteers are vital to the organization’s success.

In New York City, there is a substantial waiting list of girls from all five boroughs who wish to join the Girl Scouts.  The council is often unable to place these girls with troops because of a dearth of volunteer troop leaders in their area. Girls are waiting for an opportunity to join — the Girl Scouts of Greater New York needs more volunteer leaders to give them this opportunity.  

“Girl Scout volunteers can be moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or anyone else looking to help girls in their community fulfill their boundless promise,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “As a Girl Scout volunteer, you can show girls that anything is possible, and you can inspire them to dream bigger and go further than they ever even imagined.”

As Girl Scout volunteers, adults who want to make a difference can help girls discover their voice and their potential, make friends, take action toward making their community a better place, and acquire essential leadership skills.

First Lady Michelle Obama currently serves as Girl Scouts of the USA’s Honorary National President. By accepting the position in 2009, Mrs. Obama took her place in a tradition stretching back to 1917, when First Lady Edith B. Wilson became the first Honorary National President of the Girl Scout Movement. Since then, each successive First Lady has served in this post.

For more information about long-term and short-term volunteer opportunities with the Girl Scouts of Greater New York on an individual or corporate basis, including the time commitments, visit: http://www.girlscoutsnyc.org/become-a-volunteer/current-opportunities.

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