Girl Scouts from Cape Coral-based Troop 210 recently visited Sanibel Sea School to deliver a donation of supplies for the organization’s camp and ocean outreach programs. Donated items included art supplies and campus necessities like toilet paper and cleaning products. Troop 210 chose Sanibel Sea School as their 2018 nonprofit to support because many of the members had participated in camps and field trips there and wanted to give other students a chance to have memorable ocean experiences as well.
“Each year, Girl Scout troops donate a portion of their cookie profits in the form of material goods to a local nonprofit that is important to them,” said group leader Michelle Sedorchuk. Troop members are invited to make presentations about potential organizations they would like to support, then the group votes to select a favorite. “Our Service Unit has partnered with Sanibel Sea School for programs these past two years, and has plans in the works for future programs. Many of the girls in our troop have participated in those programs and have attended camps on their own. They truly love what Sanibel Sea School is all about, its mission, and its employees,” Sedorchuk added.
Although Girl Scouts prohibits troops from making monetary donations to other 501c3 nonprofits, the group was excited to shop for craft supplies and other essentials that would help support Sanibel Sea School's summer camps, free Community Camp Days, ocean outreach programs for landlocked kids, and more.
"Our troop chose to donate to Sanibel Sea School because of their programs for kids and adults. They wouldn't be able to run these programs without help from the community," said 9th grader Zoe Sedorchuk.
“We are so grateful for Troop 210’s donation,” said Sanibel Sea School’s executive director, Dr. Bruce Neill. “We truly rely on our community to help us provide meaningful ocean experiences for all. This group really thought about what we might need, and delivered supplies that will absolutely be used. And now we will be able to bring more landlocked kids to Sanibel to explore with us,” he added.
Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more, visit sanibelseaschool.org. To learn more about Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, visit gsgcf.org.