Ambassador Girl Scout Garvey B. has been honored by the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Inspired Youth Leadership.
Just fifteen years old, Garvey has completed almost 3000 hours of
volunteer service in the last five years, and is working to earn her
Girl Scout Gold Award by growing the volunteer community in her
hometown of Yuma, AZ.
The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize volunteer efforts that strengthen communities and improve quality of life for Arizonans. The Youth Leadership award is considered the highest honor for Arizona young people under age 17.
A member of Troop 928, Garvey's passion for volunteering has driven her toward the Girl Scout Gold Award: the highest award in Girl Scouting, requiring girls to make meaningful impact on their communities by completing an Take Action project with measurable, sustainable and far-reaching results. Garvey's project, “The Nucleus,” will establish a volunteer match program connecting Yuma County youth with local nonprofits in need of service.
Garvey is also the founder of the Yuma chapter of the Girl Scout Astronomy Club, a Petty Officer 2nd Class with the Yuma Naval Sea Cadets, and serves as a Youth Board Member of the Arizona Community Foundation, chair of the Youth Board at Kids Cuddle Kit, and a volunteer for the Yuma Food Bank, Navy League, Champion Church, and Crossroads Mission, among other organizations.
“We’re so proud to see Garvey recognized for her outstanding volunteer service,” says Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona CEO Debbie Rich. “Garvey’s remarkable dedication to service embodies the Girl Scout mission of making the world a better place. She is also an incredible role model and mentor for younger Girl Scouts dreaming of following in her footsteps!”
Director of Membership for Yuma County, Emilie Cortez, agrees: “Always the first to step up and lead the way, Garvey continues to demonstrate her giving, loving heart through all her efforts.”
Having already fed more than 1000 meals to those in need, delivered
more than 1500 Kids Cuddle Kits, assembled more than 5000 PowerPack
Yuma food bags, and inspired dozens of community members both young
and old to volunteer, we know Garvey's impact on her community and the
state of Arizona has only just begun.