NORTHERN ILLINOIS—The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Fall Product Program now gives community members the chance to donate snack items and new magazines to members of the military while helping raise funds to support local Girl Scouts.
Also new this year is a Creative Funding Opportunity (CFO) Program. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 6-12) have the chance to connect with local business owners and explore various careers by offering businesses an online way to purchase items for corporate gift giving.
Through GSNI’s Fall Product Program, girls offer gourmet food items and magazines to family, friends and favorite Girl Scout Cookie customers. Girls will be taking orders for the 2011 Fall Product Program, Oct. 14-28. Girls also offer magazine subscriptions through door-to-door sales or online ordering. To order, ask a local Girl Scout or e-mail your order to firstname.lastname@example.org, where it will be filled and delivered by a Girl Scout in your area.
While the Fall Product Program is not as well known as the Girl Scout Cookie Program, it is just as important to Girl Scouts. Both programs teach girls important skills (http://www.girlscoutsni.org/fpp.html) and help them earn money for troop activities. The proceeds from the Fall Products Program help troops to fund activities and service projects that begin long before the winter Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girl Scout Product Programs also differ from traditional fundraisers by encouraging girls to work together to decide how to spend troop funds rather than dictating what the money will be used towards.
For information, visit www.girlscoutsni. org/fall_product_line.html.