Joplin Office Update

Progress is moving forward with the new Joplin office at 1202 S. Range Line Road.  The contractor is working to complete the remodeling project as soon as possible.  We understand that many people are eager for the new office to open and so is Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.   We are projecting that the new office will open in late Fall  2011.  We will keep everyone posted as we move closer to this much anticipated opening.

Update: For mail for the Joplin center, please use the Springfield center address.

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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 .

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Phase 2 registration info: Natl. Council Session and Convention

PHASE 2: FOR GIRL SCOUTS NOT REGISTERING THROUGH THEIR COUNCILS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC

 Phase 2 of convention registration will open on Monday, August 8th, at 1:00 pm EDT.  We would appreciate your sharing this information with those members of your council who were not or will not be included as part of Phase 1 of registration.  This link is being provided to you so that you may publish it for use by official visitors or other interested individuals who may want to attend the convention and have not registered through the council:  https://girlscouts.wingateweb.com/portal/newreg.ww.

Prior to actually registering, these individuals may want to learn more about the convention program.  Details on the content, as well as information about Houston and housing, is available on the Girl Scouts convention website – www.girlscouts.org/convention.

During Phase 2, the general public or individuals or groups (e.g., troops, etc.) who do not register through their Girl Scout council may register themselves for any of the following: Official Visitors who are not Alternate Delegates, Day Passes, Hall of Exhibits Only Passes, 100th Anniversary Parties, Girl Scouts University @ Convention Tracks 1 and 2, and the History Conference.  These individuals must meet the Girl Scout membership and minimum age requirements.

These registration categories must continue to register via Council Group Registration: Delegates, Official Visitors who are Alternate Delegates, Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) registrants, and Girl Scouts University (GSU) @ Convention: Track 3 – Board Governance registrants.  Anyone who registers for any of these packages must do so through their Girl Scout council.

IMPORTANT!

If the council has already registered an attendee as a delegate, official visitor, purchased a day pass or admission to the Hall of Exhibits, and the attendee wishes to add an event (e.g., 100th Anniversary Party, GSU @ Convention), the council must add these additional registration packages to the attendee’s original registration.  This will avoid duplication of registration records and will allow the council to pickup all registration materials at one time onsite in Houston.

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Joplin Service Center to Move to New Location.

The recent disaster in Joplin has left many businesses without operating space, many of which are looking to reopen as quickly as possible. As many of you are aware, our Joplin Service Center has been on the market since June 2010, after the board of directors voted last year to sell it and move operations to a storefront facility. A sales contract for our service center was submitted to us on Friday, May 27, and the board of directors approved it on Wednesday, June 1.

We recognize that this catastrophic event has disrupted many lives, and we are dedicated to make the transition process as seamless as possible for the girls, volunteers and staff in Joplin. The board also approved a lease for space one mile from the current service center location, in the Crown Plaza at 1202 S. Rangeline Road, Suites 8 & 9. This space will accommodate our staffing needs, house retail operations and a seasonal cookie cupboard, and provide a location for members to drop off paperwork.

We have received a closing date of June 30 regarding the sales contract for the Joplin Service Center. The last day for operations at this building was close of business on Friday, June 17. As you are aware, we will be leasing a space at 1202 S. Rangeline Road. We will need to do some remodeling before the office can be opened for business. We are working as quickly as possible to make this a quick turnaround, but there will be some transition time in which we will not be able to conduct business from the new facility, including retail shop services. To help provide good service to our members, customers in service units 701, 702, 703, 704, 705, 706, 707, 710, and 711 will receive free shipping on GSMH retail orders through our GSMH web site or through our mail order/phone order process. Free shipping will remain in effect until the retail services are up and running at the new facility on Rangeline.

If you need to turn in registrations or other paperwork, continue mailing them to the current Joplin Service Center address of 1029 E. 7th Street, Joplin, MO 64801. Please do not bring anything to the 7th St. address or the Rangeline address.

We are working hard to make this a smooth transition, and we appreciate your patience during this time.

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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 www.211missouri.org 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: http://www.stl.unitedway.org/getinvolved/volunteercenter/volunteer/joplin.aspx.  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.

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GSMH ESTABLISHES SPECIAL RELIEF FUND FOR MEMBERS

Update (August 11, 2011): The response to help those affected in our area due to recent natural disasters has been overwhelming! The level of generosity we’ve seen from people who want to help has been inspiring, and has greatly helped those affected.

If you would still like to contribute, as need still exists, we ask that you visit http://www.joplinmo.org to see if there are agencies still accepting items/donations or consider contributing to our GSMH Relief Fund, rather than sending items directly to our service centers.

Again, thank you for your help!

 

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland continues to send its thoughts and prayers to those who have suffered from recent natural disasters across our area. We are proud of our Girl Scout members, sisters, and friends who have reached out to each other in this time of great need.

To assist Girl Scout members who are struggling in the wake of flooding in eastern and southern Missouri and tornadoes in western and central Missouri, we have established a special Disaster Relief Fund. 100% of donations earmarked for this fund will be used to provide:

  • Replacement uniforms, books, patches, and supplies for girls and adults
  • 2011-2012 membership fees for disaster-area members
  • Summer camp and program event financial assistance for girls
  • Training fee financial assistance for adults

Contributions to this fund may be mailed to the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Administrative Service Center at: Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, 210 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, MO 65802. Please write “Disaster Relief Fund” in the memo section of your check.

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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
country.

Below is a list of response opportunities and supporting agencies:

Volunteering

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 https://showmeresponse.org/.

Monetary Donations

American Red Cross

Mail: P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013
or 1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield, 65803
Online: http://www.redcross-ozarks.org/donate/
Phone: 866-206-0256.

Convoy of Hope

Text: “convoy” to 50555 to make a $10 donation
Online: https://donate.convoyofhope.org/sslpage.aspx

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:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au8YYie-Ky7kdDdGcFhFNjFfMnZCQW45ZlFfUWtRS0E&hl=en_US#gid=0


Arma, Kansas:

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

Pittsburg, Kansas:

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

Springfield, MO:

Ozarks Food Harvest: www.ozarksfoodharvest.org
(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

http://www.joplinhumane.org/ or Facebook (Search “Joplin Humane Society”)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Animals-Lost-Found-from-the-Joplin-Mo-tornado/185768248141000?sk=wall

Fundraising Events (state-wide)

http://www.facebook.com/notes/joplin-mo-tornado-recovery/joplin-tornado-relief-fundraising-efforts/117118671706061

 

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:
https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

Additional updates and information may also be available at:
https://www.facebook.com/joplinmo
http://www.sema.dps.mo.gov/recover/donations.asp

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s website and Facebook account will be updated as we
receive more information: https://www.facebook.com/gsmoheartland

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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 www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org 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: http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/camp.php

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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

Shelterbox

Americares

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

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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 Redcross.org 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 GlobalGiving.org 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.

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