Girl Scouts reflect on their efforts to help others

Photo Kristin Schultz
Girl Scout Troop 2383 has been serving the community together since elementary school. Now seniors in high school, they continue to give back like at the town's Halloween Parade.Photo Kristin Schultz Girl Scout Troop 2383 has been serving the community together since elementary school. Now seniors in high school, they continue to give back like at the town's Halloween Parade.

By Kristin Schultz

Gazette Reporter

Far more than purveyors of Thin Mints and Tagalongs, the Girl Scouts as an organization aims to empower girls and young women to make an impact in their world.

Niskayuna Girl Scout Troop 2383 has been meeting since most of the girls were in kindergarten. All members of the troop are seniors in high school and are still dedicated to making a difference in their community.

For the last 13 years, Liz Yanoff has been setting the example, volunteering to lead the troop.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” said Yanoff, who strives to help the girls meet strong women role models and achieve their goals.

Over the years, as a troop and as individuals, they have earned Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for their work in Niskayuna and beyond. As they prepare to head off, the girls reflect on their service and what it has meant in their lives.

Jillian Margolies

Volunteered at: City Mission

What she did: Served meals to City Mission clients and community members

Reflection on the experience: “[The workers at City Mission] are amazing human beings. Volunteering there, you see immediate results and an immediate impact on the community. They are not just a charity but a change in the system of poverty.”

Eliana Yanoff

Volunteered at: Schenectady Theater for Children

What she did: Helped with this year’s haunted house event

Reflection on the experience: “I liked it. I am interested in drama class and theater and getting kids involved. This was a good experience.”

Caroline McGraw

Volunteered at: YWCA of Northeastern New York

What she did: Served on the board of directors as a youth representative and organized fundraisers and shoe drives to benefit the YWCA

Reflections on the experience: “The YWCA is a powerful organization for women. They promote feminism and help for women in poverty and domestic violence situations. We raise money for programs that get women back on their feet.”

Clare Stansbury

Volunteered at: Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital

What she did: Assisted in the physical therapy department by interacting with and serving the patients

Reflections on the experience: “It was a lot of fun. I played games with the patients, brought them water when they needed it and talked with the patients. I’m interested in the medical field and decided to go into nursing.”

Tierney Ellis

Volunteered at: Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

What she did: Sorted donated food items for distribution

Reflections on the experience: “The staff is nice and it was nice to help and meet new people.”

Kate Ellis

Volunteered at: Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

What she did: Sorted donated food items for distribution

Reflections on the experience: “We went as a troop. It was fun to work together and with other volunteers.”