"Without support and funding from Harvest, we would be unable to develop, promote and sustain initiatives to address health issues and work toward a healthier future for Martinsville and Henry County. "
- Barbara Jackman, Executive Director - MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness
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Local Girl Scouts get grant

August 27, 2008

The Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council and The Harvest Foundation have announced the creation of the Martinsville Community Initiative Program to expand Girl Scouting in Henry County and Martinsville. The program will target girls in low-income areas by expanding current collaborations, including those with the Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and MHC After 3.

Harvest provided a $37,250 grant to help the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council expand its work with those groups and others, said Angela Logan, program officer for The Harvest Foundation. The council said it looks forward to the opportunities the grant will provide.

“The ... council is extremely pleased and excited to be receiving grant funds from The Harvest Foundation. We have wonderful people working in the Martinsville and Henry County area, yet without additional funding assistance, we have not been able to serve all the girls throughout the various communities as we would like to. Receiving this grant will open up many opportunities for us to grow our programs, serve many more girls, and continue building our collaborative relationships with Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and MHC After 3. For this, we are most graciously thankful,” said Sarah Marion, chief development officer for the council.

Chartered in 1963, The Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council serves 256 girls in the Henry County-Martinsville area and anticipates serving an additional 100 girls through this initiative. “By strengthening the current collaborations of The Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council in our community, we believe we are helping girls develop character, courage and self-esteem which will lead to more wonderful, confident leaders for the future,” Logan said.

The Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council Inc. serves more than 11,500 girls aged 5 to 17 and more than 3,500 adult volunteers throughout a 36-county jurisdiction within southwestern, western, central and southern Virginia. For more information about the council, go to http://www.gsvsc.org/.




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