Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community– recently awarded $50,000 to Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC). This gift, made possible by corporate partners and golf fans who attend the WM Phoenix Open each year, will support the Council’s Social Impact programs addressing the needs of at-risk youth.
GSACPC Social Impact programs are designed to reach girls who may not otherwise have access to Girl Scouting. They operate as early intervention programs and empower girls–who face challenges outside of their control–to break cycles of poverty, incarceration, abuse, and other issues and realize their full potential. Social Impact Girl Scout troops create a supportive and safe space for girls in shelters, correctional facilities, refugee communities, schools with high poverty rates, and group homes.
“We are deeply grateful to the Thunderbirds Charities and their longstanding support of our efforts to ensure all girls have access to the life-changing experience of Girl Scouting,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. “Girl Scouts overcome barriers by building their confidence, creativity, and resilience in an environment where they can explore freely, expand their perspectives, and discover the unimaginable. And our supporters play a critical role in making it all happen.”
The funding will support leadership training and activities in life skills, entrepreneurship, the outdoors, and STEM through the Council’s Social Impact Connections Program Series being offered this summer. This program is designed to help address girls’ social and emotional well-being after a tough year during the pandemic. Through virtual meetings and activity supply boxes, programming will center around connection with nature, the importance of physical health and nutrition, tools to cope with stress and promote mental well-being, and healthy relationships.
This grant is part of the Spring 2021 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees.