Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, MANNA Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, have just wrapped up the inaugural “Make the World a Better Place” community service project. This event took place through the month of October at local Goodwill retail stores and donation centers.
More than 300 troops consisting of 2,825 Girl Scouts from central and western North Carolina donated 7,702 bags of goods to Goodwill and 10,100 pounds of food to various food banks.
Local Girl Scouts collected gently used clothing, toys, books and household goods to benefit Goodwill, as well as thousands of pounds of non-perishable food items. The goal was to help feed those in the community who are hungry, and to assist those without jobs to get back on their feet. The service project taught Girl Scouts life lessons and addressed the needs in their community.
“This combined effort of Girl Scouts and Goodwill exemplifies the organizations’ commitment to be at the forefront of environmental sustainability, leading communities in using resources wisely,” said Jaymie Eichorn, VP Marketing for Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC. “Donating to Goodwill also helps the environment by recycling items that may otherwise end up in a landfill.”
With the current economic condition and the high unemployment rates, both Goodwill and the food banks need support from the community to replenish their stock and help those in the most need in their communities.
Clyde Fitzgerald, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, said, “We are so grateful to the Girl Scouts for helping fuel our mission to reduce hunger and malnutrition. This donation drive helped food banks serve the increasing number of clients through this past holiday season.”
Marcia Cole, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, said the collaboration is full-circle with girl’s gaining leadership experiencing while helping to address the needs of today’s economy.
“This is a great community service project for our Girl Scouts to support,” Cole said. “This collaboration engages girls to make a difference as they work to create positive change in our communities. The community, as well as Goodwill, Girl Scouts and the food banks benefit and young girls experience individual growth and knowledge that they would not have otherwise gained.”