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Volunteer Spotlight

Each month, we are happy to highlight a volunteer at GSHCC who dedicates their time and talent to Girl Scouts. Thank you volunteers for helping build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

August 2020: Debra Schantz

Volunteer Spotlight  - Debra Schantz

Debra Schantz 

Where do you work and what do you do? 
I am a retired Preschool Director/Teacher, and a Learning Disabilities Technician with Yuba Community College. 

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where? 
Yes. I was a Girl Scout Brownie in the Tierra Del Oro Council. 

How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts? What volunteer role do you have? 
I have been a volunteer for Girl Scouts for 25 years. The volunteer roles I have held and currently hold: 

  • Troop Leader for Troop’s # 4134, # 1764, and # 3806
  • Troop Leader for Troop 170 (Tierra Del Oro Council)
  • Troop Fall Product Manager
  • Troop Cookie Manager
  • Troop Treasurer
  • Activity Driver
  • Day Camp volunteer (Davis Day Camp)
  • Day Camp volunteer (Muggles, Magic & Mystery)
  • Administrative Volunteer
  • Service Unit Team Member, Service Unit Team Coordinator, Service Unit Fall Product Manager, and Service Unit Team Cookie Manager for SU101
  • Lifetime Membership

Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts?
I believe in the foundation of Girl Scouts and what it stands for. It is very satisfying to volunteer my time and invest it in girls who I believe will someday become strong leaders in many different fields, and helping them find their inner voice of who they are, and that their voice counts. I also enjoy teaching my troops to work together as a team and show them that each one of them are equals as team members and as individuals. In doing so, I want teach them to treat each other with respect and encourage each other to succeed in the dreams they have for their future because together we are the sisterhood of Girl Scouts.

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts? 
My favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts is seeing the growth in my Girl Scouts, and watching them become confident in who they are. Also, watching my older Girl Scouts teach and lead my younger Girl Scouts fills me with pride. 

What advice would you give young girls? 
My advice to young girls is to always believe in who they are, and that they have the ability to be anything they want to be in life. I would also advise them to never lose sight of their dreams for their future and to keep moving towards that goal, and remember that anything is possible when you believe in yourself. 

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Past Volunteer Spotlights

January 2020: Jackie Simon
February 2020: Alexa Ybarra
March 2020: Jennifer Jepson
April 2020: Rebecca Amico
May 2020: Michele Barlich
June 2020: Deborah Macres
July 2020: Andrea Songey-Neff