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GSUSA National Board Ratifies Policy to Allow
Girl Scouts to Raise Funds for Haitian Relief Efforts

HOUSTON (February 2010) –The outpouring of support for the people of Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake 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 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. The loss of life and suffering has been heartbreaking. We 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

  • The American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross is accepting donations through its International Response Fund.
  • Pan American Development Foundation
    The foundation is encouraging people to donate through its Web site at www.PanAmericanRelief.org.
  • UNICEF
    UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund.
    You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.
  • Oxfam
    You can donate to online at Oxfam America at www.oxfamamerica.org.
  • Save The Children
    Save the Children has launched an emergency relief effort for Haiti, Donate to Save the Children.
  • Mercy Corps
    Donate online, call 1-888-256-1900 or send checks to:
    Mercy Corps Haiti Earthquake Fund
    Dept NR
    PO Box 2669
    Portland, OR 97208
  • Doctors Without Borders
    Doctors Without Borders has set up clinics to treat people in Haiti. Donate to Doctors Without Borders.
  • The UN World Food Programme
    The UN World Food Programme is gathering all available resources to deliver food to the recently homeless and impoverished in Haiti. Donations can be made through www.wfp.org/donate/haiti
  • CARE
    CARE is deploying emergency team members to Port-au-Prince to assist in recovery efforts. It’s focusing its efforts on rescuing children who may still be trapped in schools that collapsed. Donate to CARE
  • The International Rescue Committee
    The International Rescue Committee is deploying an emergency response team to Haiti. Donate to the IRC Haiti Crisis Fund.
  • World Vision
    World Vision has more 370 staff members in the Haiti. Donate to World Vision.
  • United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
    This fund is used for emergencies like the earthquake in Haiti. Donate online.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 72,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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