Assistance available through the Disaster Relief Fund

Thanks to sister Girl Scout troops across the country, volunteers, community members, businesses, United Ways, GSUSA and staff, the Disaster Relief Fund has generated available funding to help our sister Girl Scouts who have been affected by the tornadoes and flooding in our council area. With these funds, we have been able to help girls, volunteers and staff with basic need items and Girl Scout items.

These funds are available to help girls replace handbooks (with Journey books), sashes, patches, badges, uniforms, as well as provide membership and program fee financial assistance.  We will also replace leader books and provide volunteers with membership and training fee assistance.

To receive this assistance, leaders or family members should call Vivian Glover at 877-312-4764 x 1106 .


Volunteer projects available in Joplin through United Way 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 has begun mobilizing thousands of volunteers from across Missouri and across the nation. As you know, the recovery and rebuilding of Joplin is not something that can take place in a week. Volunteers are needed now and will be needed for the weeks and months to come. Please join United Way of Central Missouri in our effort to let our community know they can help the people of Joplin by signing up to volunteer at and/or by forwarding this information to your co-workers, family and friends.

Below is an image that links directly to the Joplin Relief Effort project page where individuals can review projects and sign up to help. The direct link to the project list is:  This list is updated often with new and changing projects. When people sign up, they receive an automated email with specific project instructions. Already thousands have used this system for to volunteer in Joplin, and many more spots are available.

Thank you for your efforts to help those people in need in Joplin. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (573) 636-4100.


For more information on Joplin relief efforts, see our previous post, Joplin-Area Tornado Relief Efforts.


Joplin-Area Tornado Relief Efforts

Update (29 Feb 2012): If you are interested in supporting the area Girl Scouts by donating, please see the update in our post: . We suggest donating to the area Red Cross as they are always in need of support for disaster relief. Thank you!


Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland sends its thoughts and prayers to the citizens in Joplin and
surrounding areas that were impacted by last night’s devastating storms. We are heartened to
see such quick response and interest in helping from our members and friends throughout the

Below is a list of response opportunities and supporting agencies:


Emergency officials are asking sightseers to stay away from the area while the damage is
assessed. To volunteer, contact one of the following agencies:

United Way: 417-625-3543
211 Missouri: 211 or 1-800-427-4626

For nurses or doctors looking to help, call (417) 832-9500 for the Greater Ozarks chapter of the
Red Cross or visit

Monetary Donations

American Red Cross

Mail: P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013
or 1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield, 65803
Phone: 866-206-0256.

Convoy of Hope

Text: “convoy” to 50555 to make a $10 donation

Heart of Missouri United Way

Text “Joplin” to 864833 to donate $10 (charged to your cell phone bill).

Salvation Army

Text “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donation (charged to your cell phone bill); you will need to reply “yes” when prompted.


Springfield Banks

Guaranty Bank, Bancorp South, Empire Bank, Great Southern, Metropolitan Bank, US Bank, Oakstar Bank, Liberty Bank, Springfield First Community Bank

Item Donations

Joplin is currently overwhelmed by unsolicited in-kind donations. Please be sure to ONLY donate items that are specifically requested or needed by recognized organizations. Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

KOAM TV has posted a spreadsheet of known area drop-off locations:

Arma, Kansas:

USD 246 Board Office
(Items needed: shoes/flip-flop style, toiletries, bottled water and nonperishable

Pittsburg, Kansas:

First Church of the Nazarene, 819 E. Quincy, 620-231-0658

Springfield, MO:

Ozarks Food Harvest:
(Non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, paper products)

Habitat for Humanity: 2410 South Scenic (ReStore) or 1161 West Division
(Blankets, water, nonperishable foods, medical supplies)

OTC Springfield Campus (National/Chestnut – trucks until 9 pm Monday)
(non-perishable food)

Springfield Jaycees: (toiletry items)
Jacob Krizan, Casey Real Estate, 205 Park Central East (The Holland Building) or
Elijah Haahr, McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A., 4650 S. National, Suite D-2

Southwest Missouri Humane Society (Norton Road), 8 am – 5 pm
(Hand Towels, blankets, bleach, paper towels, dog/cat toys, kitty litter)

Drury University – Clothing Drive until June 3 (drop off at Findley Student Center basement, FSC 117 during business hours)

Staxx Clothing (331 South Ave.) and Jellybeans (2646 S. Glenstone)
(Clothing drive – new and gently used; donors receive 25% off coupon)
Business hours through June 15th

Branson, MO:

Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce: 269 Highway 248
(Bottled water until 4:45 pm Monday)

Republic, MO:

Republic Ford 1740 US Hwy 60 East; (888) 865-2576
(non-perishable food items, water, blankets, clothing)

Edward Jones Branch Office, 253 US Highway 60 West (417-732-1151)
(items recommended by the American Red Cross)


Blood Donation

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will have extended hours on Monday, May 23 – open
until 6:00 pm at both Springfield locations: Campbell/Plainview and Glenstone/Seminole. The
blood bank has issued a code red for type O- blood only, though all blood types are encouraged
to donate.


Animal Fostering/Rescue or Facebook (Search “Joplin Humane Society”)

Fundraising Events (state-wide)


Shelter / Transportation

  • Ignite Church
  • Leggett & Platt Center at MSSU
  • Mount Hope Church of Christ in Webb City (call 624-1795)

The City and Joplin R-8 are coordinating transportation to help those left homeless due to
tornado. People can go to the following locations and a bus will take them to the shelter:

  • Junge Stadium on 13th Street
  • Forest Park Baptist Church, 7th & Range Line
  • Lowe’s 24th & Range Line
  • Vintage Stock, 32nd & Main.

Additional Information

Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call 211.
The 211 service number is now available for most areas in Missouri. In areas where the 211
number is not operational, citizens can call 800-427-4626.

To locate loved ones, please visit Safe and Well from the Red Cross:

Additional updates and information may also be available at:

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s website and Facebook account will be updated as we
receive more information:


High Waters Cause Suspension of Activities at Camp

Update: Activities have resumed — please see the June 19th blog post: “Activities to Resume at Latonka Program Center

Safety is number one priority

With Lake Wappapello’s water level at 35 feet above normal on May 9, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland (GSMH) is forced to suspend all activities hosted at the Latonka Program Center until the water recedes and clean-up and restoration at the property can be completed.  Latonka Program Center is located in Wayne County and home to summer, troop and family activities, as well as council sponsored activities, such as summer resident camp.

“It is unfortunate that the historic flood has created this tough decision,” states Jennifer M. Orban, CEO for GSMH, “but parents depend on us as an organization to provide a safe environment for their girls.”

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is offering summer camp at three additional locations, including Cherokee Ridge Program Center, also located in Wayne County.  Valarie Moseley, Chief Membership/Leadership Program Officer for GSMH understands the disappointment for the girls saying, “I know that many girls were looking forward to an outdoor camp experience this summer.  Therefore, we will be adding additional weeks of resident camp at the Cherokee Ridge facility for those who would like to participate in activities such as horseback riding, aqua sports, and the science behind the solar system.”  Go to for more information on the additional sessions added at Cherokee Ridge.

If you would like to offer donations to help with the clean-up and restoration of Latonka Program Center, please contact Angie Sullivan at 877-312-4764 ext. 1343.

For additional information:


Missouri Flooding

We express our deepest concern for the flood victims and their families in southeast Missouri. As many of you know, we have numerous sister Girl Scouts in the affected area. We’ve had several calls asking how to help. For disasters in their early stage, it is best to offer donations instead of “packages.” Support can be provided by giving to one of the following locations in the local area:

American Red Cross – SE Missouri Chapter in Cape Girardeau or 888-335-9471

Salvation Army – 573-335-7000

Southeast Missouri Food or 573-651-0400

Disaster Relief Fund – PO Box 53, Morehouse, MO 63868

Once the immediate disaster is over, you can continue to offer support through safe community service projects such as helping with clean up, clothing drives, or personal care item collections.


Helping Japan in a Time of Need

We have all been shaken by the waves of terrible news from Japan over these past few days.  Many have asked what we can do to help.  Here are some suggestions:

•    USA Girl Scouts Overseas: As many of you know, we do maintain an office and staff in Japan to support the families of military personnel stationed there.  Reports are that our office has suffered minor damage – and that all the staff and their families are “shaken,” but fine.

•    Fund Raising Policy: It is fine for troops/groups/girls to raise money to aid victims of this horrible disaster.  Please remember that in the early stages of disasters like this, money is more helpful than “care packages.”

•    Helping Girl Scouts of Japan: We are very concerned about our Girl Scout sisters who are members of Girl Scouts of Japan and we would like to provide some movement-wide support to them.  Details are not available yet, but an account will be set up at Girl Scouts of the USA to collect donations to go to Girl Scouts of Japan so that we can send one large donation on behalf of all Girl Scout sisters in the USA.

Other organizations you can contribute to:

Convoy of Hope

American Red Cross

International Medical Corps



We will keep you informed as we receive information from GSUSA.


How Can You Help Japan?

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Friday claimed hundreds of lives, destroyed cities, and triggered tsunami waves in Japan, Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific. 88,000 people are now reported missing following the tsunamis. Below are some reputable organizations through which you can help.

In response to the quake, The Red Cross has launched efforts in Japan. Visit or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.

Save the Children is currently organizing efforts and donations to their Children’s Emergency Fund will support their outreach.

The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund was launched at to garner funds for relief organizations helping victims and has already raised thousands, particularly from concerned Twitter users around the world.

For any who have loved ones abroad, Google has stepped up to help. Along with a tsunami alert posted on their front page, they’ve launched the Person Finder to help connect people that may have been displaced due to the disaster.

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this disaster.