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Hurricane Laura Relief

Ways to Help Girl Scouts Affected by Hurricane Laura

When disasters strike, Girl Scouts are among the first to respond, taking action to make the world a better place. For those who have inquired about doing something to help, there are many ways to get involved.

Initial communication with members and staff have reported everything from loss of homes and vehicles, to inability to work, damaged Girl Scout properties, and mental health needs for girls beginning to cope with the devastation. 

Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf needs your help to ensure girls have access to Girl Scouts. We are committed to providing financial and programmatic support to provide members with what they need, when they need it. Your gifts will support the following:

  • Replacing uniforms, books, and curriculum materials lost in storms.
  • Offering scholarships (membership, troops dues, program/camp fees, etc.) to girls and volunteers that have been impacted and need extra financial support during this time.
  • Ensuring Girl Scouts can continue their Girl Scout experience uninterrupted. 

Whether families lost homes or children have seen devastation around their community, we recognize that each child was affected differently.

Three ways to help:

  1. Make an immediate contribution directly to GSLPG and designate your donation to the Hurricane Laura Fund.
  2. Troop leaders: Get your girls involved and help them make a difference in the life of a sister Girl Scout! Print and decorate a Trefoil with a special note of encouragement and mail it along with a donation check to: Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf, Attn: Development - Help for Laura, 1720 Kaliste Saloom, Suite C, Lafayette, La 70508 
  3. Visit our Troop to Troop Giving page! Whether you're a Girl Scout family who needs to replace Girl Scout materials or personal items, or someone who wants to meet a need, the Troop to Troop giving page can connect you. Visit today to post a need or select a need that you can meet for your Girl Scout sisters. 

Questions about your donation, or how to donate, or other relief efforts? Contact us at gslpgdisasterrelief@gslpg.org.

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Girl Scouts are the first to meet a need in their community when they find it, and Hurricane Laura left a number of community needs in her wake. If you or your troop are looking for opportunites to give back to familes affected by the hurricane, see the list below for service opportuities and also resources available to help. 

Tell Us About Your Service
We want to hear all about the community service efforts you and your troop have completed. Tell us about your project and we may feature your story on our social media pages!

Resources & Service Opportunities
 
  • GSLPG has put together an Amazon Wish List of some of the most requested items from our membership and others affected by Hurricane Laura. All items on the list will be delivered to a central location and distributed by GSLPG staff. The Wish List can be found HERE.
  • United Way of Southwest Louisiana is accepting volunteers age 16 and up to staff their Donation Drive-In at the Lake Charles Warehouse (2401 6th St. Lake Charles, LA 70601). Community members may drive up, tell a volunteer what they need, and a volunteer will fill the order. They are giving out groceries, toiletries, and feminine products. Contact Cindy at 337-238-5544 to volunteer.
  • United Way of St. Landry & Evangeline is collecting items at the Yambilee Building in Opelousas and giving out gift cards and gas cards to evacuees. Volunteers are needed Monday-Thursdays, and on Saturdays from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Volunteers can register HERE.
  • Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is in need of volunteers to sort products, pack food boxes, and more. They also have virtual volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers may register HERE.
  • United Way of Northeast Louisiana needs volunteers age 16 and up to help pick up limbs in the yards of elderly community members. Volunteers can sign up HERE or contact Jessica Hughes at 318-998-9233.

 

Message from the CEO

 

Dear GSLPG Membership,

We hope you and your family are safe and well. Unfortunately, we know many of you are still recovering from one of the most impactful and devastating weather events in recent history, and we want to make sure everyone in our Girl Scout family is okay, so please reach out to your support staff if you haven't already. Equally important, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. 

Nevertheless, recovery from Hurricane Laura is ongoing and encompassing. We have been reaching out to our most heavily affected communities to assess the needs of our membership and working to determine how best we can be of aid.

Over the last two weeks, we have all had the opportunity to witness the immense devastation that occurred in Calcasieu and Cameron parish. Our hearts truly go out to the community and our Girl Scout members who call those parishes home. It is also important that we bring awareness that many more areas were not spared from Hurricane Laura's devastation. Almost half of our council has been directly touched by Laura’s destruction; 24 of the 42 Parishes we serve throughout the state have been designated as disaster areas, accounting for 2,796 of our members. 

Our Lake Charles Service Center Staff were all affected but are all safe. The Lake Charles Service Center sustained heavy damage and will remain closed for the foreseeable future, as structures may need to be rebuilt. Though most of our Lake Charles staff have either been displaced or left with limited resources, they have continued working to provide services to families in the area who are facing the same difficulties. We want you to know that you can still reach out to us with any needs you may have; you can continue to contact us at info@gslpg.org or at 800-060-2093. If we are unable to connect you with your regular contact in the Lake Charles area, we will connect you with the next available staff member who can help.

We also want you to know that we are evaluating the situation at both of our camps. Currently, Camp Bon Temps is open for limited use according to COVID-19 guidelines, and it is also currently housing a displaced staff member and their family. Camp Wawbansee saw substantial damage from the storm. Multiple downed trees and electrical wires have the left the camp closed for now, but we do hope to coordinate cleanup efforts, in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, once the camp is safe again.

With regard to GSLPG’s relief efforts, we are currently working to coordinate support efforts across the state. We hope to work with our community partners including United Ways, food banks, volunteer organizations from across the state, and other Girl Scout councils who seek to lend a helping hand, to gather and distribute food, supplies, and monetary aid to those who need it most.

We have also established a GSLPG Hurricane Laura Relief Fund specifically for our membership to help with replacing uniforms and Girl Scout materials, providing membership/dues scholarships, and ensuring girls can continue their Girl Scout experience while supporting them through the many facets of recovery.

Through all of the uncertainty brought by this storm, there is one thing we know for sure: we are Girl Scouts. We are a community of go-getters who look for opportunities to step up and lead to take care of one another and our neighbors. And we know so many of you have already been demonstrating this Girl Scout Strong spirit. We have heard the stories of girls setting up food drives, collecting supplies, and doing whatever they can to help their hurting communities. We applaud this initiative and urge you to continue meeting the needs that you can and share with us the work you’ve done in your own neighborhoods and beyond.

To further assist in activating the Girl Scout sisterhood, we are working to establish a formal avenue to connect affected troops with Girl Scouts from around the country who want to help. We hope you will take this resource and join us in working to aid our sister Girl Scouts in need all around Louisiana. In the meantime, check out this list of state and local resources already on the ground and able to offer assistance to those who need it, and check this page frequently for updates on local relief efforts.

We know that this year seems to have been crisis upon crisis, and that having a hurricane come through on top of it all can just make everything that much more overwhelming. We want you to know though that we are here for you. Girl Scouts isn’t going anywhere, and we will do our best to serve as a space of normalcy for girls whose worlds are turning upside down right now. We are Girl Scout strong, and we will be here when you need us.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

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Rachel Broussard
CEO, Girl Scouts of Louisiana - Pines to the Gulf