The Amy Helpenstell Foundation provides support to Outreach initiative

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois recently received a $10,000 grant from The Amy Helpenstell Foundation. This grant will support the Quad Cities Outreach program benefitting underserved and at-risk girls.

A Rock Island native, Amy Helpenstell passed away February 2003 from complications with anorexia. She was 32 years old. One of the causes Amy cared about was the development of self-esteem of young women. Her foundation emphasizes educational opportunities and supports youth development, community development and cultural activities.

“The grant from The Amy Helpenstell Foundation helps us reach these girls,” said Jayme Ironside, senior membership outreach manager. “Some families don’t have the money to pay for our leadership experience program. This grant will help us to reach out even more families.”

This school year, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois expects 1,000 girls to take part in the program.

Girl Scouts Outreach works with girls throughout our council. Our trained staff, volunteers and community partners bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience directly to girls in kindergarten through fifth grade at schools and community centers. Outreach removes barriers and partners with communities to benefits the girls. Each partner has a role to see that the program is successful in providing girls a life-changing, life-enriching and fun leadership experience.

To learn more about outreach, email Jayme Ironside at

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