New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network
Girl Scout Raises $6,000 for Veterans
Amanda Morgante is 16 years old and a Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 2944 in Armonk, New York. She attends Byram Hills High School in Westchester County. As a Girl Scout Ambassador she challenged herself to do a Gold Award Project, an extensive 80 hour community service project that must be sustainable and be able to be given to the next group of Girl Scouts.
Amanda decided she wanted her project to raise money for Veterans who needed transportation to get to and from their appointments who did not have any. She called her Gold Award Project the Vet Key Project and creatively branded it “My Hero Wore Dog Tags”. She promoted that theme using T shirts and key chains, to fund raise.
Amanda Morgante chose to support Veterans because she said when she was two years old 9/11 happened and “for almost my entire life our country has been at war.” She wanted to raise enough money to make a significant difference in helping Veterans who needed transportation to and from their medical appointments and raise people’s awareness of the needs of our Veterans.
Her fund raising plan was to promote the Vet Key Project by selling t-shirts and key chains she designed and sell her campaign items using Facebook, sending letters to family and friends, doing special events and attending car shows.
Amanda’s project took three years to complete. She raised $6,000 to support the first Vet Key project and she presented the check to Linda Weiss, Director Albany Stratton VA Medical Center and Jennifer Audette, Social Work manager on Thursday, October 1, 2015 that will go in the Emergency Transportation Fund for Veterans. Amanda has also already given her extra campaign materials to the fourth and fifth grade Girl Scouts to continue the initiative.
If you or your organization would like to donate to the Emergency Transportaion Fund for Veterans please contact Jim Keller at (518) 626-5506 or email him for more information James.Keller2@va.gov