Funding to Support Local Girl Scouts, in turn, supporting Essential Workers During the Pandemic

Girl Scout troops are getting a tremendous boost from the Women’s Association of Verizon Employees (WAVE), which donated $10,000 to the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) Cookie Relief Fund.

This year, GSHNJ’S Girl Scouts Cookie Program faced a dilemma because of the health crisis, with an inventory of more than 53,000 boxes of unsold cookies at the local council service center. The Cookie Relief Fund was formed to help Girl Scout councils sell off the cookies, while supporting a community in need. The boxes purchased through this fund help area hospitals, food pantries, first responders, and many other local essential employees.

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WAVE jumped in to support the effort, purchasing $10,000 worth of Girl Scout Cookies that were then handed out to the essential employees who have been working tirelessly to help the community since the COVID-19 outbreak in mid-March.

“Verizon recognizes the sacrifices and importance of those on the frontlines supporting our communities during this unprecedented pandemic,” said Elise Neel, Global Lead of WAVE and Vice President of New Business Incubation at Verizon. “WAVE is proud to support Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey in its efforts to bring joy to frontline workers through this cookie donation program.”

WAVE provides support for women at Verizon as well as future generations of women. 

“Much like the Girl Scouts mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, WAVE works to be a strong advocate for female representation and to be a champion for our company and our communities,” Neel explained.

Through a number of programs, including Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, BUILT BY GIRLS, Verizon Innovative Learning, and more, Verizon works to create an environment to inspire young female minds to get involved with STEM and build brighter futures. 

“We truly appreciate everything WAVE and Verizon have done to support organizations such as Girl Scouts, which allow girls to grow, thrive, and succeed,” said Natasha Hemmings, CEO of GSHNJ.

“During these unprecedented times, GSHNJ is doing everything possible to continue providing programs to our Girl Scouts,” Hemmings added.  “This generous donation from WAVE not only shows support to all of our frontline and essential workers, but provides support for our Girl Scouts.”

GSHNJ has been donating cookies to many hospitals and to frontline and essential workers within the council footprint since the pandemic’s outbreak, to the delight of many with a sweet tooth and an eagerness to give back.