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Girl Scouts receive $25,000 grant from Walmart Foundation

Grant to help GSSJC expand community outreach programs

HOUSTON (July 12, 2012) - Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), the second largest Girl Scout Council in the U.S., received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program. The grant will help GSSJC expand its community outreach program by providing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) to more than 20,000 at-risk girls attending 36 schools in five Greater Houston-area school districts - Channelview, Galena Park, Houston, Pasadena, and Sheldon.

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"We believe Girl Scouts is for every girl, despite their socio-economic background," said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO.  "Being a grant recipient allows us to be able to offer this unique experience to more girls living in underserved communities in the Houston area and we couldn't be more pleased."

The goal of GSSJC's community outreach programs is to provide girls living in low-income neighborhoods with the guidance, support and skills needed to make wise decisions and achieve their full potential, so that they can accomplish goals and make a difference in their communities.

"Walmart is happy to support the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council because of their commitment to help girls reach their full individual potential," said Walmart Regional Vice President Todd Manley. "Also important to Walmart is the council's ability to connect with many at-risk girls who might not otherwise be exposed to the benefits of Scouting. We look forward to a continued partnership with the Girl Scout of San Jacinto Council to improve the lives of our sisters, daughters, granddaughters and friends."

To reach girls in underserved areas with the GSLE, Girl Scouts delivers programming, free-of-charge, in a variety of settings, including religious venues, community centers and schools that allow girls the opportunity to be a Girl Scout in the comfort of their neighborhoods. Programs take place in school, once a week, on an ongoing basis throughout the year or after school, once a week, for approximately one hour, just like a traditional Girl Scout troop. Girls are also encouraged to experience camp and gain independence, enjoy the outdoors and develop a respect and appreciation for nature, all while earning badges and patches.

"GSSJC's community-based programs reach girls who might not otherwise be exposed to the Girl Scouts' proven educational and leadership curriculum," said Vitek. "They are essential to furthering our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place."

The Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program supports organizations with programs that align with their mission to create opportunities so people can live better. The State Giving Program awards grants starting at $25,000 to nonprofit organizations that serve a particular state or region.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 70,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in the United States in 2012.

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