Service is a given part of Scouting, so naturally, it’s a part of Scouting’s National Annual Meetings.
During the 2018 National Annual Meeting in Dallas, RISE, a women-led BSA resource group, collaborated with the Office of Diversity to organize a service project benefitting young people in North Texas communities.
Scouting professionals and volunteers from across the country rallied together for the service event, where they packaged more than 250 “blessing bags.” Equipped with hygiene and personal care items, these bags will be distributed through Hope Supply Co.—a Dallas-based nonprofit with a mission to meet the needs of homeless and at-risk children.
“Service projects can make quite a difference in the lives of young people, which is what the Scouting movement is all about,” RISE Chairperson Dinaz Kachhi-Jiwani said. “Thanks to the support of our volunteers, professionals, and spouses at NAM, RISE was able to impact Dallas-area youth and families in a big way.”
And help, they did! Not only did the group prepare hundreds of blessing bags in just one afternoon; they also raised nearly $800 in donations to further help local families.
RISE is a resource group for Scouting professionals throughout the BSA— both men and women. RISE works to recognize, inspire, support, and empower the women of Scouting by positively impacting female recruitment, engagement, mentorship, and the building of a culture that is most favorable to serving our nation’s youth, families, and communities.