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Brown and Green are a perfect fit: UPS Southeast Texas District and Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) is proud to have the continued support of UPS. A community partner of United Way and its affiliate agencies for most of its 100 years, the local UPS district, Southeast Texas District, has been a supporter of GSSJC since 1997. Robert Mills, a GSSJC board member who recently retired from the Community Relations department at UPS after 33 years of service, was an early cheerleader for GSSJC.
“I got involved with Girl Scouts through the United Way’s Day of Caring,” says Mills, who has also served as a Loaned Executive (LE) at United Way. “I was looking for an activity that UPS’s 125 volunteers could do. Our folks wanted to get away from their desks, get outdoors and make a difference.” The group ended up at the Treelake Complex camps in Conroe. The volunteers cut trails, built picnic tables and a bird blind. They also repaired and built campsites, spread mulch and cut the fence line among other activities. “The camp director talked to us afterwards and told us how many man hours we saved and how our work would benefit the girls,” says Mills. “We ended up volunteering one day a year for five consecutive years.”
Many of the 5,000 UPS employees in the local district know of the benefits of Girl Scouting from personal experience. They are Girl Scout parents, alumnae and volunteers. For Andrea Murray, UPS Employee Communications Supervisor, the Girl Scout experience has special resonance. “I was very poor growing up,” she says, “but I was lucky that my grandparents lived within walking distance of a Girl Scout facility and that they paid my dues and bought my uniform. That’s why I personally feel so strongly about Girl Scouts Community Outreach programs. Girl Scouts needs to reach out to girls who can’t participate in a traditional sense and find ways to pull them into a troop setting.”
For the past five years, UPS has supported Community Outreach with $10,000 a year through its Community Investment grant. To qualify for the grant, UPS employees must have spent 120 volunteer hours in a one-year period. “UPS was spending 900 to 1,000 hours each year, either through the United Way’s Day of Caring or through the volunteer hours of UPS employees who were also troop leaders and volunteers,” says Mills. “I knew Girl Scouts was important to the community, but what really sealed it for me was visiting one of the schools served through the Community Outreach program with former GSSJC staff member Delphia Duckens. It showed me how so many girls would not have had the opportunity to participate without these programs.”
It was also important for UPS to support an organization that reflected its own ethnic and gender diversity. “We polled our employees to find out what organizations they were interested in and there were quite a few Girl Scout supporters,” says Mills. “That was also important in the decision to give to Girl Scouts.”
Other early supporters include Linda Adam, Southeast Texas District vice- president; Laura Roybal, the former District human resources manager now at the corporate office in Atlanta; and Girl Scout volunteers Laurielyn Fields, Penny Sherman and Sandy Wiganoski who work in UPS’s Sweetwater office.
“I am pleased to see other corporations like Microsoft and Motorola supporting Girl Scouts,” says Murray. “There is so much potential in technology and Girl Scouts is introducing girls to an industry that has boundless employment opportunities.” UPS will continue to support GSSJC as well. “Girl Scouts is an organization that brings so much to young women – building their self-confidence and introducing them to leadership development activities,” Murray says. “We are proud of our association with GSSJC and look forward to great things in the future.”
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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 over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
GSSJC Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.
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