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Girl Scouts receives $20,000 from Bank of America for community outreach

Grant will enable council to reach more girls in underserved areas


HOUSTON (October, 2012) - Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), the second largest Girl Scout Council in the U.S., received a $20,000 grant from Bank of America. The money will help GSSJC reach more girls who live in underserved areas of Houston with programming that addresses obstacles faced by girls as they strive to achieve academically, emotionally and socially.

"We are grateful for the financial support we've received from Bank of America," said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. "Their funding will ensure that all girls, regardless of their age, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, have the opportunity to become well-rounded, confident and successful women who are equipped to succeed in a global economy."

Girl Scouts provides girls with more ways to learn and lead than any other organization in the country. Girls participate in a variety of programming specific to their needs and interests, like science, technology, engineering and mathematics, archery, financial literacy, conservation, equitation and international travel. One of the primary goals of GSSJC is to reach more girls who are disadvantaged through Girl Scouting in the School Day (GSISD), a community outreach program implemented in areas with limited parental involvement and volunteers.

GSSJC employs staff who work with girls in their own neighborhood. With the generous support of committed partners like Bank of America, GSISD is delivered free-of-charge to girls and their families at the school the girls attend. Each year GSSJC reaches more than 9,600 girls in five Houston-area school districts, including Channelview, Galena Park, Houston, Pasadena and Sheldon.

"Bank of America is proud to support the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and the work that they do to help girls in underserved areas of Houston build self-confidence and develop their leadership skills. Investing in our nation's workforce is investing in the future of our country - and key to ensuring we remain competitive in an increasingly competitive global economy," said Kim Ruth, Houston market and Texas state president, Bank of America.

About the Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 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 the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 70,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. Girl Scouts celebrates its centennial in 2012.

About Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility

Bank of America's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. Reaffirming a commitment to develop and sustain a culture of service, bank employee volunteers contributed more than 1.5 million hours in 2011 to enhance the quality of life in their communities worldwide. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.



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