Girl Scouts to raise $20,000 to receive matching grant
NEW ORLEANS — While some non-profits seek funding for what’s considered a “brick and mortar” need, the Girl Scouts Louisiana East council is seeking funding for exactly that — $80,000 to remove the two parapet brick walls that are threatening the use of their Regional Service Center in Baton Rouge.
The Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation has awarded the organization $40,000 to repair the council’s aging building, and challenged the Girl Scouts to raise an additional $20,000 by June 30, which the foundation said it will match if the council is successful.
“Our hope is that the business community will step up and join us in our support of Girl Scouting,” said Dan Bevan, foundation president. “The repairs to their aging building are of utmost importance in keeping Girl Scouts active in our community.”
In previous years the Wilson Foundation has helped fund the council’s Outreach program that provides Girl Scouting free of charge to girls in underserved, “at risk” populations such as Baton Rouge housing developments and Section 8 housing.
With the potential loss of use of the regional service center which houses council staff offices, a shop and a program center where Girl Scout troops and groups meet and hold events and volunteer trainings are held, the decision to request funds for building repair, rather than Outreach, wasn’t an easy one.
“While our short term solution for keeping the bricks in place is working, it’s only a matter of time before we’ve got to make the more substantial repairs,” said Jackie Alexander, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts Louisiana East. “We are fortunate to have partners like the Wilson Foundation who recognize the worth of what Girl Scouting does for girls.”
The Girl Scouts are calling on all former and current community partners to help them match the Wilson challenge grant by June 30, hoping to get the word out through social media and traditional media outlets, direct mail and email solicitations, “any way we can,” said Alexander.
Girl Scouts Louisiana East council serves St. Mary Parish. Donations are being accepted online at www.gsle.org or by check to Girl Scouts Louisiana East, c/o Wilson Challenge Grant, 545 Colonial Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.
For more information, contact Alexander at 225-927-8946.