Volunteer Appreciation
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Volunteer Appreciation

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Every day, Girl Scout volunteers make fun, friendship, and awesome new experiences possible for girls across Louisiana. Every volunteer in Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf deserves a sincere “thank-you” for how they are changing girls’ lives and our communities.

With love, patience, and a deep dedication to enriching the lives of girls everywhere, these incredible individuals give their time every day to mentor, inspire, and help girls discover the world around them and the spark inside of them. We are beyond grateful. Show your appreciation by saying a simple “thank you,” sending a card, or nominating a volunteer for an award!

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Volunteer Appreciation 2020

This year for Volunteer Appreciation month, GSLPG wanted to send out a living Thank You to our volunteers for Growing with Us, especially during this season of stay-at-home orders and creative thinking to keep girls active and engaged!

Through all the ups and downs, you have been a steady rock for girls whose worlds have been turned upside down, and we can't thank you enough for all you do and the lives you touch just by giving of your time, patience, expertise, and compassion.

To express our appreciation, we want our volunteers to check their mailboxes for Grow with Us Wildflower seed packets that can be planted in a pot for a bit of indoor spring, or out in the yard for a flowery escape. Seed packets are already in the mail, so you might even be able to plant a seed just in time for April 22 - Girl Scout Leader's Day AND Earth Day!

We hope these seed packets will provide our volunteers a bright spot in what can seem like dark times, and also serve as a reminder that we are all growing together. As just an added bonus, if you're working on your Keep Calm, Stay Strong patch, planting these Wildflowers will fulfill one of the 10 patch requirements you could choose from.

We are so thankful for each and every one of you and the role you play impacting the lives of Girl Scouts all over our regions - and we're not alone either. Check out this message from GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo in thanks of our volunteers around the country!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being a Girl Scout volunteer!

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Informal Appreciation

Informal rewards are day-to-day ways to say “thank you” to volunteers—they are intangible benefits and heartfelt displays of recognition. These sincere expressions of appreciation are based on specific contributions and are given in a timely manner. Informal recognition is powerful and effective, because volunteers feel valued by a personal touch! Examples of meaningful informal rewards include:

  • A thank-you card or letter
  • Sending the volunteer’s supervisor or CEO a letter recognizing her/his contributions.
  • Buy a small gift of appreciation
  • Coordinate a ‘thank you’ gift with the entire troop
  • Coordinate a small ‘thank you’ party with their favorite snack or dessert
  • Print your favorite picture of you with your leader to give them
  • Showing interest in a volunteer’s personal life (such as asking about weekend plans)
  • A shout-out on Facebook or Twitter
  • Make your own!
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Formal Appreciation

Volunteer Award Nominations

Do you know a volunteer who has done outstanding work? A volunteer who has inspired your daughter, provided a fantastic event for the girls in your service unit or made day camp the best ever. Take some time to consider GSUSA National Awards and Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf awards and nominate this outstanding volunteer for a Girl Scout award. All award nominations open in October and are only able to be submitted through the links on our Awards & Recognitions page.

Still need help? Check out this handout for tips on how to write a great letter of recognition!