Girl Scout Cookies, Author Photoguy439 (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)
New York City’s Girl Scout Troop 6000 has the unique mission of reaching out to girls experiencing homelessness or living in shelters for other reasons [1A].
Since its inception in 2017, Troop 6000 has raised over $1.6 million through the cookie sales for which the Girl Scouts are famous, and corporate matching donations. These funds — which go toward trips, summer camp, and other adventures — have benefited some 2500 women and girls across 20 shelters throughout the New York City area.
This year, Troop 6000 was expanded to include the immigrants and asylum seekers at Emergency Response and Relief Centers. Currently, there are approximately 37,500 such migrants in the care of New York City’s Dept. of Homeless Services.
Troop 6000 is the brainchild of Giselle Burgess who was, herself, living in a shelter with her 5 children at the time. Similar troops have now been started in Iowa, Tennessee, California, and Nevada.
“This population of young women has seen incredibly traumatic events. And that is right at the core of what we need to do. We need to take care of them and show them that they deserve the care.”
–Meridith Maskara, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater New York [1B]
[1A and 1B] CNN, “This New York Girl Scout troop is the first of its kind. Here’s why” by Vanessa Yurkevich, 5/9/23, https://www.cnn.com/2023/05/09/business/girl-scouts-troop-6000/index.html.
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