QUINCY -- Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is devoted to helping young girls become future leaders, and the financial support the organization receives from the United Way of Adams County is vital to that mission.
"Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is the single all-girl organization that is creating the future leaders who will be comprising our workforce, being our next generation of community care-givers and philanthropists, the stewards of the outdoors and our financial and entrepreneurial experts," said Pam Kovacevich, the organization's chief executive officer.
"The future of Adams County is in good hands thanks to the funding of the Adams County United Way who helps us deliver on the mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who are making the world and Adams County in particular a better place."
Kovacevich said the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois relies heavily not only on financial support from the United Way but also from individual donations, foundations and corporations.
"Without the generous support of these entities GSCI would not be able to offer day camp, go into the local school district to help combat bullying, teach financial literacy, outdoor education or STEM," Kovacevich said.
She said the United Way of Adams County has been providing financial support to the GSCI for the past 11 years -- ever since the organization realigned into its current format. And for many years prior to the realignment, she said, the United Way of Adams County supported the Two Rivers Council of Girl Scouts.
Kovacevich said the funding is used to cover program costs and administrative expenses.
"These include volunteer training and support, travel and recruitment of girls into the program, volunteer training materials, marketing materials and meeting supplies," she said.
Without this vital funding, Kovacevich said, "programming for girls in Quincy and the surrounding communities served by United Way of Adams County would be limited in depth and scope."
Being able to serve a greater number of girls in local communities "strengthens not only United Way of Adams County but also GSCI," she said.
Kovacevich said local communities benefit in multiple way by having an active Girl Scouts organization. For example, girls who participate in the program "give countless hours of volunteer time to service projects, help with community projects such as sandbagging, helping clean up their communities, restocking food banks, building shareable libraries," she said.
"Their projects are endless -- and all to benefit their community."