Girl Scouts of Connecticut Honored by United Way of Northwest Connecticut
March 25, 2014
Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the recipient of the United Way of Northwest Connecticut Women’s Leadership Initiative’s award for Best Supporting Organization in the Role of Empowering Women. The Women’s Leadership Initiative also named Torrington resident Gladys Cerruto as the recipient of the 2014 Woman of the Year award.
The mission of the Women's Leadership Initiative is to mobilize the power of women to advance the Common Good in the community. "The committee chose Girl Scouts of Connecticut for this award because their work to build girls of courage, confidence, and character so closely aligns with our mission," explained co-chair, Gail Olsen.
In the 25-town area that the United Way of Northwest Connecticut serves, there are 1,262 Girl Scouts and 413 adult members. These girls earned 3,257 badges and other recognitions, including 255 girls who earned Journey awards, which incorporate Take Action projects that serve their communities (beyond other community service projects undertaken by troops).
Girl Scouts of Connecticut has also delivered signature programs such as the anti-bullying program, Girlz R.U.L.E.® for 4th grade students at Torrington Vogel-Wetmore School. These girls learned how to respect themselves and others and were provided opportunities to learn how to act in challenging situations not to react. In addition, by working together with Vogel –Wetmore School, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, and the Education Connection, Girl Scouts of Connecticut offered a family Live Healthy, Lead Healthy workshop series at no cost to participants. Special programming was provided by GSOFCT for children in grades K- 5 and presentations for adults were provided by health professionals from Charlotte Hungerford.
“We’re thrilled to receive this recognition from our partners at the United Way of Northwest Connecticut,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Our job is to build strong women of tomorrow, and to be recognized by the Women’s Leadership Initiative for that work is a tremendous honor. We will continue our work in the northwest corner to ensure that all girls have the opportunity to be Girl Scouts and build their courage, confidence, and character, so that they can make their local community, and the world, a better place.”
The Women’s Leadership Initiative was founded in August of 2012. Focusing on women, young women, and families, its purpose is to educate, empower, and equip women to create positive changes in Northwest Connecticut communities and to inspire others. For more information about the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, visit www.northwestunitedway.org.