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Girls Scouts take to Twitter and the web to find much needed volunteers

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More than 30,000 girls on waitlists throughout the U.S. demonstrate critical need for volunteers.

The Girl Scouts of the USA have a 102-year-long tradition of building girls of courage, confidence, and character. There are many benefits to joining the Girl Scouts, for both young girls and volunteers.

Currently there are more than 30,000 girls on waitlists to join the Girl Scouts, as they are waiting for volunteers.

So the Girls Scouts of the USA have taken to social media and the internet to make it easy to sign up to be a volunteer.

Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter to help encourage volunteering with GSUSA.

What better way than have Mrs. Obama, a mother of two fine young women sing the praises of the Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scouts have also set up an easy to navigate web page that volunteers and girls can go to sign up: www.girlscouts.org/join.

There are many reasons to volunteer to be a volunteer.

Per the Girl Scouts, here are some of their findings.

· 97% of parents agree that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter;

· 96% of parents reported their daughter has learned or tried something new with Girl Scouts;

· 94% of parents say that because of Girl Scouts, their daughter feels special, has more friends (95%), is more confident (90%) and is happier (89%).

Additionally, the data from the poll show it is not just girls who benefit from participating in the organization:

· 94% of volunteers have made new friends in volunteering for the Girl Scouts;

· 88% of volunteers believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts;

· 95% of volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better;

· Two-thirds of volunteers reported their volunteer experience has helped them professionally.

“The value of the all-girl, girl-led environment offered by Girl Scouts cannot be overstated, and is so important to the social-emotional and personal development of girls,” comments Dr. Andrea Bastiani-Archibald, Chief Girl Expert at Girl Scouts of the USA. “Girl Scouts is a place where girls are free to be girls; to try new things, experiment, and have fun learning from and leading one another. There is no other leadership development program in the world that offers girls this inclusive, safe space, without the distractions and pressures of school and other social settings.”

Once again, go to www.girlscouts.org/join to join or volunteer.

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