Friday, September 25, 2020

Silver Award Spotlight: YWCA Book Nook

Ophelia and Kailey of Girl Scout Troop 759 earned their Silver Award through their project YWCA Book Nook. The two dedicated their project to helping local women and children facing really difficult situations that led them to seek safety and assistance with the World Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Hampton Roads.

YWCA helps women and children who are displaced from their home due to domestic violence situations with resources and housing. Ophelia and Kailey were inspired to do their project after learning that there was no designated reading space for young children temporarily living in the shelter managed by YWCA.

To complete their project, the pair met with YWCA staff and researched the children's needs. Next they created flyers seeking community support and donations. The two toured the facility, took measurements, and used those for their blueprints and planning.

The two girls learned how to cut, measure, and use power tools safely in the construction of their nook. Once completed, they dropped off the book cases and benches they built and began to assemble the children’s reading space along with other donated children’s decor.

“We are ecstatic to have finished this project because we now know that they (YWCA) have a

plan to keep the project ongoing and we hope it will continue to encourage reading,” Kailey said.

Congratulations to Ophelia and Kailey and thank you for making the world a better place!