The Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey received a $50,000 donation from The Achelis and Bodman Foundation that will be used to make its Girl Scout Leadership Experience accessible to girls in seven emerging markets, the North Branch organization announced June 29.
“The Achelis and Bodman Foundation support will amplify our impact by helping to support a staff position dedicated to the unique needs in each of the emerging urban markets,” Natasha Hemmings, CEO of GSHNJ, said in a statement, adding that the Girl Scouts “deeply appreciate” the funding.
The organization identified these emerging markets as Newark, Jersey City, Elizabeth, Irvington, East Orange, Orange and Plainfield.
John Irwin III, Foundation chair, said he and his colleagues understand the importance of the Girl Scouts’ initiative.
“We are excited about the organization’s commitment to growing membership and volunteer support to ensure that Girl Scout programs are accessible to all interested girls,” Irwin said.
Established in 2015, the New York-based Foundation supports nonprofits in New York and New Jersey over six program areas: arts and culture, education, employment, health, public policy and youth and families.
The GSHNJ provides nearly 12,000 girls access to leadership programs and mentors in Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, southern Warren, and parts of Middlesex counties.