How 3 Girl Scouts Made a Global Difference for Their Silver Awards

posted on March 13, 2019

We get to meet many great people doing awesome things with our shoe drive fundraiser social enterprise brands. We’re happy to share with you another one of those heartwarming stories on our blog.

Three local Girl Scouts, Ansley Barker, Isabella DiLorenzo, and Isabella Potts sought to collect 2,500 pairs of shoes in their community to help support the work of the MSG Foundation. By collecting 2,500 pairs of shoes, they would be able to $1,000 to the organization. It was through Ansley’s involvement with the National Charity League that the girls became aware of MSG Foundation, which aids people who have lost their jobs and are vulnerable because of homelessness and hunger.

The trio were all members of the Girl Scouts, whose values help unleash the G.I.R.L. For the Girl Scouts, these ideas mean helping develop girls to be the following:

Go-Getter. Girls are taught to be honest, bold and determined to succeed, and when they fail, they are prepared to get back up as many times as it takes.

Innovator. The value of thinking out of the box is a core aspect of Girl Scout development. They seek creative ways to take action in their communities.

Risk-taker. Girls are encouraged to be risk-takers, to be brave and strong. They are taught to experience new things and exist outside of their comfort zones.

Leader. The girls who become Girl Scouts are taught to be leaders in their communities and also the world.

All of these elements were brought to bear when Isabella, Ansley, and Isabella got together to do a shoe drive fundraiser for MSG Foundation. They were seeking to obtain the highest award a Girl Scout cadette could earn, which is the Silver Award.

During their fundraiser, the girls embodied the values that have been taught to them in the Girls Scouts as they reached out to their community and asked them to contribute gently worn, used and new shoes. They used social media, especially Facebook and Instagram where they created an individual account just for the event.

As members of swim teams, they also galvanized their swimming groups. One of the things that many people love about shoe drive fundraisers is that they’re a kid-friendly way to raise money.

But, it was still a bit daunting at the beginning for the girls. As was reported in a local news article,

“It’s definitely been a challenge getting donations,” Baker said. “At first, we were nervous but now we’ve gotten the hang of it.”

“We were kind of shaken up about this project because our parents wouldn’t really be involved, and it was going to be just us,” said DiLorenzo. “But we’ve gotten a lot better.”

They also collected shoes during events at school and through the MSG Foundation. These three young women were indeed super-stars who care very much about their local community, as well as people in developing nations who use the shoes from shoe drive fundraisers to sell for sustainable incomes for their families.


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