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PRESS RELEASE - GSHG Receives Grant to Support Underprivileged Girls in Ben Hill County

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SAVANNAH, GA, June 4, 2019 — The Allan C. and Lelia J. Garden Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, recently awarded an $8,000 grant to Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia (GSHG) to fund the establishment of new Girl Scout troops for low-income girls in Ben Hill County. The grant will be used to fund foundational needs for developing new troops of Girl Scouts and adult volunteer leaders in Ben Hill County, including a recruitment event aimed at girls and adult volunteer leaders, new leader training, supplies needed by new Girl Scouts and their adult leaders, and marketing materials to support recruitment.  


 “We are honored to receive this award,” said Sue Else, CEO of GSHG. “We know that the Girl Scout Leadership Experience prepares girls to be leaders of tomorrow. With this grant, we are able to expand our reach in this community and provide an opportunity to deserving girls who might not otherwise have it. Support like this strengthens our ability to bring the life-changing experience of Girl Scouting to more girls, no matter her family’s financial situation. ”  


This program supports Girl Scouts’ mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through badge work, Journeys and program events, girls learn skills to prevent bullying and build healthy relationships, explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), build confidence as they acquire outdoor skills, learn strategies for healthy living, and complete service projects to make a positive difference in their communities.  

Girl Scouting benefits girls by helping them develop a strong sense of self, creating confidence in themselves and their abilities;  develop positive values, guiding them to act ethically, honestly, responsibly, and show concern for others;  seek new challenges, take appropriate risks, trying new things, and learning from mistakes;  develop and maintain healthy relationships by communicating their feelings directly and resolving conflicts constructively; and  solve community problems by identifying issues in their communities, and creating action plans  to solve those issues so they are contributing to the world in a purposeful and meaningful way.  






Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is rich in heritage and purpose. The council extends from the North Georgia mountains to the Okefenokee and from the Atlantic coast to the Chattahoochee Valley. Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia serves more than 13,000 girls and 5,000 adults in 122 counties in Georgia, two counties in South Carolina and one county in Alabama.  The council is also the home of our organization’s founder, Juliette Gordon Low, who founded Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia, where her birthplace and the historic First Headquarters still welcome thousands of Girl Scouts every year. Girl Scouts gives girls a wide range of experiences to define leadership their way and allows them to showcase their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM