“Club News” column for July 12, 2013

Local Girl Scouts earn matching grant

Local Girl Scouts successfully met a challenge of raising $20,000 by the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation after two months of fundraising.

The foundation had awarded the Girl Scouts Louisiana East council $40,000 to remove the two parapet brick walls threatening the use of their Regional Service Center in Baton Rouge and challenged them to raise an additional $20,000 by June 30, which the foundation would match if successful.

The Girl Scouts held a challenge luncheon for prospective donors so they could hear from engineer H. Davis Cole and see the damaged walls for themselves, and sent letters, emails, and social media posts to businesses and individual supporters.

Linda Law Clark, first vice chair of the council’s board of directors, said 143 individuals or companies donated, exceeding the $20,000 goal by several thousand dollars.

For more information about Girl Scouts, call the council, (225) 927-8946, or visit www.gsle.org.

United Way event held at Istrouma

Volunteers from across the community teamed up to beautify Istrouma High School on June 21 as part of the sixth annual, nationwide United Way Day of Action. The event was sponsored by ExxonMobil.

More than 150 volunteers from local companies, including ExxonMobil, Entergy, Criterion Catalyst and Enterprise Rentals, tackled several projects in the morning, such as painting and cleaning the cafeteria and parts of the gym. Others built picnic tables and refurbished poles and railings.

In the afternoon, community members attended a resource fair and took advantage of the free food and information offered by several CAUW partners and partner agencies. Also offered were health and audiology screenings, HIV testing and life enrichment and financial classes.

Participants included: Alliance Safety Council, ALS Association, American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, AMI Kids, Baton Rouge Speech & Hearing, Bank of Baton Rouge, Big Buddy Program, Capital Area Agency on Aging, Capital Area United Way, Capital Area Asset Coalition, Catholic Charities, Entergy, Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, Girl Scouts Louisiana East, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank/Snap Coordinator, HOPE Ministries, Iris Domestic Violence Center, LA Care Mayor’s Health Initiative, Mid City Redevelopment, Mental Health Association, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, St. Helena Head Start, Teach for America, Salvation Army, Volunteers of America and the YWCA.

Compiled by George Morris Advocate staff writer

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