Girl Scout helps local rescue group en route to final badge
When the time came for Angie Holland to settle on the project required for her Girl Scout Gold Award, she knew exactly what she wanted to do. She wanted to organize an event to benefit Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, her favorite organization.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is a nonprofit organization located in Indian Trail that rescues and shelters injured or orphaned birds until they are able to go back into the wild or can be adopted off. Many volunteers offer their time, money and assistance in taking in these birds and providing homes, food and medical care.
Angie volunteers at Carolina Waterfowl, at 220 Garmon Road, with her entire family. Every Thursday night, she joins her parents, Kathleen and Dan Holland, in caring for the birds. They began volunteering when Disney World was offering free passes to anyone who helps out in their community.
“We ended up liking it so much that we just kept going back each week,” Angie said. “At first, the birds were a little frightening, but they grew on me, and now I love it there.”
The entire family enjoys the time they get to spend together while feeding the birds and cleaning their cages. Each volunteer gets training in proper care of the birds. The center has many people willing to help out;
But the organization struggles with replenishing the supplies they need daily, and that’s how Angie hopes her Gold Award project will help. She has invited her fellow Girl Scouts to come learn about the shelter and find ways they can help. On Sunday, March 6, many different troops will visit the shelter, donating their time and bringing supplies they’ve collected. They will also learn about the birds and get lessons in their care.
For all her work on the project, Angie will earn the community-service hours that she needs in order to obtain her Gold Award.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award Girl Scouts 14 to 18 years old can earn. The Scouts are required to develop and execute projects that serve their communities.
“This worked out great for me because I am already involved in this organization, and I get to earn my award by helping out with something that I love,” Angie said. “I think it will be a really fun day for all the girls, and it would be awesome to have some them want to continue helping once the event is over” said Holland.
Angie is currently a junior at Union County Early College, where she is active in the National Honor Society. Along with Girl Scouts, Angie works as a lifeguard in her community and volunteers at her church. She enjoys the time she spends helping out, especially with the birds. She hopes to eventually train as a veterinarian to continue working with animals. Her advice to other girls looking for ways to better their community: “If you see a way to help others, you should jump on that chance and others will follow.”
Find more information on Carolina Waterfowl Rescue at the nonprofit’s Facebook page or its website, carolinawaterfowlrescue.com.