“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
– Winston S. Churchill
At Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, we believe that much of what each and every one of our Girl Scouts and volunteers experience simply wouldn’t be possible without your generosity. Because of your compassion, young girls have been given the chance to experience new things that, perhaps, they felt they’d otherwise never have the chance to do. Additionally, your donations extend far beyond giving our girls frequent trips to STEM-related events or visiting camp during the summer. What your generosity ultimately does is inspire young girls to jump-start their dreams and realize their potential.
Take Jane Addams for instance. An author, Nobel Laureate, and women’s suffrage activist (among other things), she co-founded the Hull House in 1889. Built in Chicago, she funded the basic needs for members of her community by offering art programs, a public kitchen, social services and more. She wasn’t only passionate about helping adults build their futures, she was also concerned with the well-being of children. So much so, that the Hull House created the city’s first playground as she believed positivity and fun were essential during childhood development. Her reason? Addams didn’t want children to be ‘robbed of their youth’ and not live up to their potential as adults. She went on to become the founder of the National Playground Association and fought to have playgrounds built across the nation. Soon, more and more playgrounds started to appear, allowing children to live out their youth with exciting, memorable childhood moments. What sort of memories do you have from adolescence that involve spending long summer days at the park? We can bet that you have many; we have Jane Addams to thank for that.
Or what about Walt Disney? Aside from being the creative genius behind some of the most popular films ever created, did you know he helped fund the California Institute of the Arts? Without Disney’s help or inspiration, we may not have Stephen Hillenburg, the man behind a series of popular 90s cartoons and the creator of Spongebob Squarepants! Thanks to Disney and his love for animation, his passion helped fund Hillenburg’s dream of creating that same magic for future generations to enjoy.
Then there’s Steve Wozniak. Currently the co-founder of Apple Inc., he personally funded a technology program in the Los Gatos school district in California to encourage more interest in science-related programs towards youth. Can you imagine what those students are up to now? Something WOW-worthy, I’m sure!
And of course, we have Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912 and invested her time and heart into ensuring that girls could experience all that the world has to offer. Fast forward 102 years later, and more than 59 million women in the United States have been impacted by Low’s courage, confidence and character, who have gone on to become leaders that have brought positive changes to their communities, their countries, and the world.
You may have heard the expression, “It’s better to give than to receive.” However, when you give, you too are receiving a gift: the assurance that your time and efforts will, someday, make the world a better place.