Washingtonville Girl Scout Creates Pop Up Shop at RECAP Shelter
Scout celebrates International Women’s Day with donations
Residents at Regional Economic Community Action Program’s women’s residence in Middletown were surprised with a giant selection of clothing donations on International Women’s Day. On Thursday, March 8, Washingtonville High School senior Hayley Jensen and fellow students brought boxes of donations to create a pop up shop as a project for Jensen’s Girl Scout Gold Award. The shop offered free clothing, shoes, jackets, personal items and toys.
Jensen harnessed the power of social media to source donations from friends and family. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. Girls are challenged to make the world a better place with a project that impacts the areas of STEM, education, community action, and more. Projects are conceived in steps to identify an issue, form a team and a plan, gather feedback and take action. Gold Awards help scouts develop skills and experience in time management, civic engagement, and leadership, and can distinguish recipients as they apply for college admissions and military service.
“I wanted my project to give back to the community and make an impression,” said Jensen who is planning more pop up shops to benefit local organizations. The next will be at RECAP’s Head Start school in Middletown. The shop was hosted at RECAP’s FOCUS residence in Middletown which is home to single women and children, many who are formerly homeless, victims of domestic violence, or in recovery from substance abuse.