Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sponsor shout-out: GEICO

The company that makes all of those funny commercials that make our girls giggle has been providing all of us here at GSWPA with more than laughs! Each year, GSWPA partners with local and national corporations to ensure that more girls in western Pennsylvania are afforded the Girl Scout experience. From sponsoring specialty patch programs, to lending us volunteers for Day of Caring events, to supporting our educational school programs, our corporate partnerships with companies like GEICO are undoubtedly an invaluable asset to the western Pennsylvania Girl Scout experience.

GEICO has been deeply committed to supporting our Annual Awards of Distinction (AOD) reception in each of our regions. For four years, the corporation has sponsored our dinner in Johnstown, our luncheon in Pittsburgh and our mentoring day and luncheon in Erie. Our Annual Awards of Distinction events aim to honor women leaders in western Pennsylvania that have been exceptional role models for our girls. By sponsoring these events, GEICO stands with our girls and our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character.

This ongoing partnership with GEICO has had a direct impact on our girls. In 2014, GEICO generously donated all of their complimentary sponsorship tickets to local troops. At our AOD Johnstown dinner, GEICO donated their tickets Troops 40976 and 40921 from Windber. The troops came prepared to present their Breast Cancer Awareness video that earned them their Silver Award! The girls’ video even featured Mrs. Joyce Murtha, an inspirational Johnstown leader!

In the Pittsburgh area, girls were invited by GEICO to join our AOD luncheon while downtown working to earn their Breathe Journey badge. Girls learned about the effects of pollution on our five sensory systems. In between learning how to assess air quality from factors such as cigarette smoking, noise pollution and carbon dioxide output in the metropolitan area, girls were able to meet incredible women leaders and enjoy a lovely lunch!

At our Erie AOD in August, Girl Scouts and parents from Troop 36409 from Elk Valley Elementary school in Lake City were invited to join spend time with the distinguished female leaders in their local community. The girls were able to shadow women in local businesses as a part of our LeadHER mentor morning. Each girl was thrilled to be invited by GEICO to the luncheon and the troop was even awarded our top honor of the year – Troop of Distinction!

We value all of our corporate partnerships because we see direct results from the commitments made. GEICO’s support has had such a positive impact throughout western Pennsylvania. Thank you, GEICO for your continued partnership with GSWPA. We look forward to the work we can do together in the future!