Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer McBride

Can I take a moment to remind you why at Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast we adore our volunteers?

Volunteers were ready to help troops load up.
With pre-orders flooding in and many cookie-lovers across the region eagerly awaiting their first boxes of Thin Mints or Samoas, our council was preparing to receive a huge shipment of over 1.3 million boxes of cookies. Once the cookies arrived at Harrison’s Moving and Storage in Chesapeake, we knew we would need a lot of help getting cookies to where they needed to go. We had three locations to cover with nearly 500 troops that were ready to get orders filled and booths started.

This is where our absolutely amazing volunteers stepped in. On Saturday, February 15 we had so many groups lend their assistance to our Girl Scout volunteers by unloading cases of cookies from the shipping trucks and getting them loaded into campers, mini-vans, trucks, and U-Hauls of troops across the region.

Lead Volunteer and Navy Sailor Jennifer McBride
Jennifer McBride, a Navy sailor and Second Class Petty Officer from the USS John C. Stennis, was a very important piece of the operation. This was her second time volunteering with Girl Scouts and she decided to bring more than a couple friends. Jennifer recruited around 50 of her fellow USS John C. Stennis Sailors to assist Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast with unloading and loading the cookies.

“I volunteered with the Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast for the 2020 Cookie Classic Run back in January and had a great experience,” Jennifer said. “The positive energy radiating from the volunteers, Girl Scout Moms, and participants was enjoyable to be around, which is what led me to volunteer again.”

Jennifer believes the Girl Scout Cookie Program is about more than what’s inside the box and that her Sailors have something to gain from volunteering.

“I believe that volunteering is the best way to give back to the community and help make a difference,” Jennifer said. “With new Sailors checking in and out of the command almost daily, volunteering gives us the opportunity to meet new people outside of uniform and create partnerships with the community while accomplishing tasks and developing new skills, experience, and knowledge. Volunteering with the Girl Scouts is more than just giving back to the community; we are supporting an organization that prepares young girls for a lifetime of success, leadership, and accomplishment by demonstrating first-hand what dedication and teamwork can achieve.”

Other outstanding groups who volunteered their time were Gamma Phi Beta- Christopher Newport University Chapter, USO, Girl Scout Cookie Captains and Adult Volunteers, Great Bridge Rotary Club, Chesapeake Rotary Club, students of Christopher Newport University and the North Carolina A&T Alumni Association- Tidewater Chapter.

Our volunteers make the dream work. There are so many ways to get involved as a volunteer with Girl Scouts! Visit our Volunteer Page to find out how. http://bit.ly/2V1qF3A

Check out this video of the action at Harrison’s in Chesapeake:

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

It's Cookie Time! National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend & Two Ways to Win BIG

Girl Scout Cookie season is in full swing and that means young cookie entrepreneurs are setting goals and gaining skills that will last a lifetime. Each year, Girl Scouts across the nation recognize the incredibly impactful Girl Scout Cookie Program during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

This year, National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is February 28 – March 1, 2020. Cookie earnings power so many amazing experiences for Girl Scout troops and the world deserves to hear about it! During this weekend of celebration, Girl Scouts are encouraged to go out and have fun selling cookies while demonstrating their entrepreneurial skills and raising awareness about the Girl Scout Cookie Program- a business that has powered girls and their adventures for over 100 years.

Check out the 2020 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend patch.

Cookie business doesn’t have to be all business, right? That’s why we have two fun ways for you to win big this year with Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.

Hashtag Contest
Become one of three winners of a FREE CASE of Girl Scout Cookies by following these easy steps: 

1) Take a picture featuring your 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Purchase
2) Post your picture on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag           #ColonialCoastCookies2020
3) Make sure your post is public so we can see it and share it!
4) Three winners will be selected after March 22, 2020 and contacted via direct message.
5) Respond to GSCCC’s message and tell us what type of cookies you would like!

Troop Cookie Volunteer Golden Ticket Contest
Very special golden tickets are hidden in cases of cookies at our Colonial Coast cookie cupboards. Visit a cupboard between February 28 and March 22, 2020 and you may be lucky enough to pick up a case containing a golden ticket. If you open your case and find one, you could win one of several amazing prizes.

Some prizes available to winners include:
-2021 Cookie Classic race entry
-$50 Amazon gift card
-Monopoly “Fortnite” Edition
-Admission for one to the 2020 Women’s Wellness Weekend
-Girl Scout Samoa or Thin Mint Build-a-Bears
and MORE!

The more cases you pick up the better your chances of finding a golden ticket. If you are one of our winners please contact the Product Program team at GSCCC to claim your prize.

There are a lot of incentives to take part in this year’s cookie program and you definitely want to be part of this!