Coral Springs Community Chest provides funding for Girl Scouts

Brett Shweky, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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The Coral Springs Community Chest will once again provide financial support to the Girls Scouts of Southeast Florida, donating a $500 grant intended to assist underprivileged girls in the area.

Since 2005, the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida has received $6,880 in funding from the Coral Springs Community Chest. The nonprofit has funded over $2 million since its inception in 1988 to organizations that possess services and programming focused on benefitting Coral Springs residents.

The Coral Springs Community Chest receives funding from the city of Coral Springs as well as through corporate and private donations, special occasions and other promotions.

“Coral Springs Community Chest is actually one of the few community chests still going in South Florida,” said Elle Harrigan, the interim director of grants and stewardship for Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida. “They’re one of three different community chests that we receive funds from. The only one in Broward County, however.

“Coral Springs has a few troops out there,” she said. “This grant basically would pay for everything that a troop would need in order to start. It [the grant] was for $500 and it goes to 10 new girls to start their own troop. It would include all of the lessons that we do. It would include some of the signature events that we do. Getting their uniforms. Basically, it’s able to encompass everything that a troop would need in order to start off.”

Adjusting to the world of COVID-19, the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is offering virtual and in-person options for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. Serving nearly 10,000 girls, the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida serves Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.