Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight - Lisa Cole

Volunteer Spotlight
Meet Lisa Cole! Currently the Service Unit Manager for the Wihe'tonga Service Unit, Lisa has been a dedicated Girl Scout in her area for almost 10 years. She has co-led her daughter's multi-level troop, helped her Service Unit through a transition period, organized some great events, and more!

Though only a Girl Scout for one year as a girl, Lisa took pride in wearing her uniform and enjoyed time spent with her troop. She continues to be passionate about Girl Scouting and the impact it has on girls, carrying these ideals through many aspects of her life!

We asked Lisa a few more questions about herself, her involvement with Girl Scouts, and the impact it has had on her:

How long have you been in Girl Scouts (as a girl and as an adult)?
I was a Cadette for 1 year. I became involved with my daughter’s troop 8 years ago and became a co-leader for her troop.

What ways have you volunteered in Girl Scouts?
I have volunteered as a co-leader of a multi-level troop. Our Service Unit team went through some transition 3 years ago and Julie Sinkoff was our acting Service Unit Manger. I volunteered to help her with registrations, recruiting and troop organizing until a new Service Unit team was in place. During that year our troop ran the 1st WOW Jr. event. I have been a part of the community camp committee for the past 4 years and last year I was the chair for that committee. I have served on the Service Unit team as troop organizer and recruiter, co-SUM and I am currently the Service Unit Manager.

What was your favorite part about Girl Scouts as a girl?
Unfortunately I was only able to experience Girl Scouts for 1 year as a girl. My favorite part was selling cookies!  I also loved getting together with my troop and wearing my uniform.

Why do you invest your time in Girl Scouting?
I invest my time into Girl Scouts because I love the fact that girls get to be part of a movement that provides resources, activities and experiences that are girl lead and help shape them into leaders. I love watching them set goals and achieve them. I love hearing them giggle in the next tent - even if it's in the middle of the night! I love watching them become friends and share experiences.

How do you feel volunteering with Girl Scouts has impacted your life?
Volunteering with Girl Scouts has helped me to become more confident in myself as a leader and has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone not just where Girl Scouts is concerned but in my personal and professional life. I have had the opportunity to meet and network with an awesome group of women and girls that I would never have met if it were not for Girl Scouts. I have learned so much from the leaders and especially the girls in my Service Unit as well as other volunteers in our council. They all help to fuel my passion for Girl Scouts even more! I enjoy working with the girls and having the responsibility of being a role model to them.

What else can you tell us about yourself?
I have been employed at Verizon Communications for 17 years as an Operations Clerk. Through the Verizon Foundation I am able to request a grant for $750.00 each year after logging at least 50 hours of volunteer time. This year our Service Unit is using the grant for community camp! Along with having a supportive employer, I am blessed with a husband and children that support me and share me with Girl Scouts!

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