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Fundraising for Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts
Updated January 22, 2010 -
Our thoughts go out to all the families, friends and colleagues who have been affected by the tragic earthquake that has devastated Haiti. As Girl Scouts, our motto of being prepared has never been more poignant in light of the tragedy in Haiti. Our Council has received many calls of concern wanting to know how girls and troops can help.
UPDATE: Please read this important message from GSUSA CEO Kathy Cloninger regarding the suspension of GSUSA's policy on fundraising for outside organizations:
"The outpouring of support for the people of Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake last week has been remarkable, and Girl Scouts across the country have pitched in to help in many different ways. We know, however, that after natural disasters like these, sending funds is often the best way to help.
Given the catastrophic events in Haiti, the Executive Committee unanimously adopted, and the National Board this morning ratified, the following:
THAT the Executive Committee of Girl Scouts of the USA's National Board of Directors, on the National Board's behalf, adopts a special rule of order to allow girl members to engage in activities, which may include the direct solicitation of money, from January 14 through September 8, 2010, to support emergency relief for the January 12 earthquake disaster in Haiti. Monies raised shall be contributed only to organizations on the approved list of agencies (listed below); additions to the list shall be approved by the National President and CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.
This now makes it possible for our girls to raise much needed funds for relief efforts in Haiti. Please take note that the money our girls raise can be contributed only to those agencies on the list below. Much of Haiti is in ruins and a second major earthquake struck the country on Wednesday. The loss of life and suffering has been heartbreaking. I hope that this action by the National Board will serve as yet another opportunity for all of us as a Movement to do what we can to help the people of Haiti in their time of need."
LIST OF AGENCIES
This catastrophic event provides us with the opportunity to have important conversations with girls about being prepared for natural disasters. Please take a moment to look at the Be Prepared Emergency Preparedness patch program. This program introduces girls to the concept of emergencies and preparedness, and gives them tools to take action for preparedness efforts in their community and with their families. You can find the patch program at www.gscnc.org/patches.html.
Thank you for your concern for those who have been devastated by the Haiti earthquake.
Posted: Jan 27, 2010