Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanette Benedetto

Jeanette Benedetto has been volunteering with Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania ever since she signed her daughter up a little over three years ago. Although she didn’t plan to be a troop leader right away, it was a great way for her to make new friends after recently moving to the Pittsburgh area. She thought sheContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanette Benedetto”

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Smialowski

“My [Girl] Scouts are fantastic—they are strong, independent, compassionate young ladies. They are my favorite thing about scouting,” says volunteer Julie Smialowski. For nine years, Julie was a Girl Scout in North East Ohio—she was even part of the first year of Daisy Girl Scouts in 1984! Her fond memories mixed with her desire forContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Smialowski”

Volunteer Spotlight: Kim Hockman

Cooking out, tie-dying shirts, camping, and enjoying the outdoors—it’s easy to see why exploring Camp Redwing with her girls is one of Kim Hockman’s favorite Girl Scout memories. “Being with the girls and learning new things with them,” she says, “is the best part about volunteering.” Kim became a volunteer with Girl Scouts Western PennsylvaniaContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Kim Hockman”

Volunteer Spotlight: Angela Deemer

Like many Girl Scout leaders, Angela Deemer decided to volunteer because she wanted to spend more time with her daughter and her friends. Plus, as a former Girl Scout herself, she was familiar with the organization. Little did she know at the time, her decision would lead her to a 20-year (and counting!) leadership journey.Continue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Angela Deemer”

Volunteer Spotlight: Kelsey Marsh

“When I was a Girl Scout, I enjoyed it because of my amazing leader. I wanted to follow in her footsteps,” Kelsey Marsh says. Kelsey fondly remembers the 11 years she spent as a Girl Scout, earning her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, the highest awards a girl can earn in Girl Scouts. These areContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Kelsey Marsh”

Volunteer Spotlight: Jo Ann Messett

As a Girl Scout volunteer, Jo Ann Messett remembers a specific girl in her troop who lacked self-esteem. The young girl doubted her intelligence and insisted that she would never attend college. Jo Ann mentored her in Girl Scouts over the years and like most volunteers, she enjoyed watching her learn and grow while buildingContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Jo Ann Messett”

Volunteer Spotlight: Alecia Sherbondy

Alecia Sherbondy became a volunteer with Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania because of the wonderful experiences her troop leaders provided her as a Girl Scout growing up. She remembers the volunteers who worked hard to create memories that would last her a lifetime, and she wishes more people realized how much time so many great peopleContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Alecia Sherbondy”

Volunteer Spotlight: Melanie Hansen

It’s important for volunteer Melanie Hansen to instill in girls the idea that they are part of a larger community and that it is their responsibility to help make the world a better place. “By living the Girl Scout Law throughout their lives, they can make a difference,” she says. Melanie became a volunteer withContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Melanie Hansen”

Volunteer Spotlight: Lillian Marquez

When Lillian Marquez and her daughter saw information about Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania posted at their local library, they both decided to join. Now, nine years later, Lillian is thankful for the decision they made and for the opportunities they have both experienced through Girl Scouts. She enjoys seeing girls explore their potential while learningContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Lillian Marquez”

Volunteer Spotlight: Amy Dobbins

When Amy Dobbins became aware that her local area needed a leader, she volunteered to lead a troop of girls, many who were her daughter’s friends. She recalled a similar experience she had when she was a Girl Scout. “I wanted them to build the skills of leadership and service that I learned in GirlContinue reading “Volunteer Spotlight: Amy Dobbins”