Councils affected by Hurricane Harvey are still working to assess the hurricane’s impact and determine their immediate needs. In the meantime, if you’d like to assist girls in these councils please visit their websites for the most updated information.
Girl Scout councils affected by Hurricane Harvey:
If you or your troop would like to make a financial donation, you can do so by visiting www.girlscouts.org/hurricaneharvey or by texting HurricaneHarvey to 41444. All money will be allocated to council scholarship funds at the affected councils listed above to assist girls with 2018 dues and replacement uniforms, credentials, and materials. Donations through GSUSA can also be designated for any individual council.
Troops can allocate part of their own funds to an impacted council’s scholarship fund or to support a remote sister troop doing a service project.
Service Project Examples:
- Write notes of encouragement and become pen pals with girls while they and their families struggle to recover.
- If a troop in an impacted area is helping a local animal shelter replace damaged supplies, another troop could organize a fundraising event and use the proceeds to purchase and send animal food and blankets to the sister troop’s project.
- The GSK MagNut fall product sale is another way girls can raise money for sister troops. If a troop chooses to donate its product sale earnings to a sister troop in need, it should let potential customers know that their purchases help with council recovery efforts.
Girl Scouts of the USA has developed two program resources that demonstrate how the Girl Scout Leadership Experience supports girls as leaders in times of disaster. These resources give tips and examples for engaging girls who want to help.
What Can a Girl Scout Do When Disaster Strikes? (PDF)
A girl-friendly tip sheet that girls of all grade levels can use to channel their leadership experiences toward helping out in times of disaster.
What Girl Scout Leadership Looks Like in Times of Disaster (PDF)
Developed for council staff and volunteers, this resource will help adults guide girls who want to know how they can help after a disaster.
Reminder: Girl Scouts are not allowed, when identifying themselves as Girl Scouts (such as wearing a uniform, sash or vest, official pins, and so on), to solicit money on behalf of another organization. This includes participating in a walkathon or telethon while in uniform. Girl Scouts as individuals are able to participate in whatever events they choose, as long as they’re not wearing anything that officially identifies them as Girl Scouts ( Volunteer Essentials 2017/2018).