For higher award projects it goes without saying that the mission of the project is to create impactful change for the community, but for Girl Scout Amelia she wanted to bring awareness to an often overlooked cause. Amelia from Troop 55883 took action for her Silver Award project to reuse and recycle 90 camp mattresses from the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest’s (GSDSW) Camp Mitre Peak (CMP) to be donated to the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.
For her project she coordinated with Leslie Worden, Director of Outdoor Program for GSDSW, and Jeremy Worden, Camp Ranger for CMP, to rescue 71 mattresses and have them transported to El Paso. She stored them in her garage and washed all of them down to make sure they were in the best condition possible to be donated.
In order for the delivery of the mattresses to be successful Amelia visited with Nicole Martinez, Executive Director for Camp Hope. She had the opportunity to interview her in order to receive facts about homeless people and information about the residents at Camp Hope. “One of the most important things I learned from Nicole was the term ‘unsheltered’, which is a kinder way to refer to people who don’t have homes,” Amelia said.
Amelia’s troop demonstrated their support for her Silver Award project by helping her load the mattresses onto numerous trailers and pickup trucks. They made four trips to Las Cruces, NM to deliver all 71 mattresses. Some of the mattresses will be used in the tent community and the rest will be used in people’s new apartments. Amelia added “I felt really good about saving the mattresses from the dump, and that I was able to upcycle them for people who could use the mattresses for a safe night’s sleep.”
To conclude her project, Amelia researched teen homelessness in the city of El Paso and used the data to create an awareness card that will be displayed at the El Paso Public Libraries and at the GSDSW council building. This card has information about youth homelessness, help lines, items to donate, and ways the community can help. It also teaches readers the term “unsheltered”.
Amelia would like to thank Leslie and Jeremy Worden, Nicole Martinez, and the families of troop 55883 for helping her reach her goal in completing her Silver Award.
Congratulations on your hard work, Amelia!