31 Oct

Update on the Effects of Hurricane Sandy

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

Dear Girl Scout Family and Friends,

Many people across our city and in the surrounding states of New Jersey and Connecticut have been deeply impacted by Hurricane Sandy, and we are all trying to restore our lives. We at the Council have each of you in our thoughts and prayers, and we are hoping for the best for everyone. I want to update you on a few Council matters:

  • The Council's office has been without power since Monday and we have not been able to return to the office. Consequently, we have no access to email. So if you are wondering why you are not receiving responses to your emails, it is because we are unable to respond. We apologize and will respond as soon as we are back in operation.

  • The Women of Distinction Breakfast, originally scheduled for Thursday, November 1st, has been postponed and we will select a new date for this event. Please check the website for updates (www.girlscoutsnyc.org).

  • Corporate Cookie Connection, originally schedule for next Tuesday, November 6th, has been postponed as many of our corporate partners are located in lower Manhattan. We are attempting to reschedule the cookie sale so please check the website for updates.

  • Our Staten Island office has sustained a lot of damage, and possibly, is a total loss. We are assessing the situation and will send out an update once we've determined how we will proceed.

  • Camp Kaufmann's pool pavilion sustained significant damage and will have to be replaced. Also, many trees fell during the storm causing loss of power. We've canceled camping for this weekend and our camp staff members are working very hard to restore camp operations.

  • I have asked our Association Chairs to reach out to their associations to check on all of our Girl Scout families.

Yes, it feels like we are experiencing a lot of loss right now from Hurricane Sandy. We are, but so are millions of people. I write this short note to you from a shelter where there's power and I can access Internet. There are many people here, but there is a real sense of connectedness amongst us as we are all having this shared experience. Even in this time of great challenge, I see hearts opening; I see generosity; I see community. I am reminded of the words of our Girl Scout Promise...to help people at all times. Indeed this is a time for us to help one another. I am deeply happy today that my mom took me to my first Girl Scout meeting so many years ago.

Yours in Girl Scouting,



Barbara Murphy-Warrington, CEO

Girl Scouts of Greater New York


Erin Crossan says:
2012-11-03 14:23:19

Is there something sister Girl Scouts can do to help? Maybe there is a troop that needs help starting over or something that can be donated to your camp. Is there anything? Thank you.

Marguerite McGoldrick says:
2012-11-01 22:06:45

I registered for CPR for this coming Saturday, November 3rd. I realize that the NYC Council Office is without power. If the power should come on tomorrow, I am wondering if the CPR will take place there or at an alternate location. Yours in scouting on Thursday, Nov. 1st, Marguerite McGoldrick

Angie Garey says:
2012-11-05 23:20:21

Our Brownie Troop is doing a book, activities & supplies drive intended for sheltered kids. I realize communication is a challenge, but I can be reached at 608-609-5126. I\'d love your help in getting them to the right places.

Gabriella Gaita says:
2012-11-04 13:23:44

Please tell us how we can help! We are from the southeast Florida council, and we know firsthand what hurricane devastation and damage are all about. I have many troops reaching out to me asking ... When you can, please email me back at ggaita@gssef.org and, for now, know that our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery are with you all!

Jenny says:
2012-11-01 22:48:26

I have troops in Texas asking what they can do to help our sisters out. Let us know if we can gather anything to send your way!

Dale Scolnick says:
2012-11-02 00:05:43

Barbara. Great message and good to see you here. We at GSUSA are ready to help. When you can contact me. Dalescolnick@gmail.com

Marcy Hutchens Troop 878 SU Voyager, Citrus Council of Florida says:
2012-11-07 17:12:10

Hi! We have multiple Troops that would love to assist you in any way. I know everything is just getting up and running again. I have been in contact with Charmaine Chung and hope we can be of service to you and your community.

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