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Blankets for Women

Posted by:   Sarah on Nov 25, 2012
Town:         Ridgefield
Troop:        50450

What issue did your Take Action project address?
Domestic abuse and homelessness

What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
My silver award project was to collect new and gently used towels, blankets, twin sheets and pillows for the Danbury Women's Center.
I collected these items by:
- Making collection boxes to place at the recreation center and my mothers work.
- Emailing friends and family about my project and asking for donations.
- Speaking at a girl scout leaders' meeting about my project.
The Danbury Women's Center provides a safe place for women and children that are experiencing domestic violence. The Danbury Women's Center has a home where women and children can escape to safety. They also have a warehouse with items, such as blankets and sheets, that women in the community can take for free. The Center not only serves women in Danbury but in all of the neighboring towns and has helps over 1,000 women in Ridgefield.

What were the results? How did it affect the community?
All of the items that I collected had to be washed, dried and folded and driven to the Danbury Women's Center.
In total I collected:
51 sheets
34 pillow cases
32 bath towels
24 hand towels
22 blankets
5 comforters
1 pillow
I believe this project :
- created a lasting change because it helped abused women get back on their feet
- was measurable based on number of people the shelter serves
- was global in that the issue of abuse affects women everywhere, even in Ridgefield
I believe my project really made a positive difference in the lives of the women and children.

What did you learn from the experience?
Project Reflections:
What did I discover about myself - I discovered that I can organize and lead projects to help others and that you don't have to be an adult to make a difference in your community.
How did you connect with your local and Global communities- As a result of the project, I met the volunteer director of the Women's Center, Alex Lopes Massa. I feel like I could contact her to help her in the future.
What did you learn from others who worked to solve the same problem - This was not really applicable to my project.
What skills did you gain that help you as a person and a leader - I learned how to share my ideas with other people and kindly ask for donations.
What impact did your project have on your community and how will it go on past your involvement - My project helped many women and children who needed very basic necessities. It will have a lasting impact because it will help these people get back on their feet.
How did you live the Girl Scout promise and law - I served my community by helping people.

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