Sarah P. of Pittsfield
The Closet

For my Gold Award project, I decided to work with veterans in honor of my Dad, a veteran and patriot. After meeting with Soldier On, a non-profit organization that assists homeless veterans, I decided to help by establishing a closet of clothing that could be used for interviews and other formal/professional occasions.

I started by cleaning out and preparing a closet for the clothes.  I then added shelving and a closet rod for storage. Stage two involved getting the word out about “The Closet” and collecting all of the donations. I then moved on to preparing and organizing the clothing so it would be easily accessible to clients at Soldier On. At first, I thought, “I’ll never get enough donations to fill the closet. What am I going to do?” I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community for our veterans. At the completion of my project I thought, “I cannot fit even one more suit in this closet!” I made a lasting connection with my community and a resource for people who gave so much to protect us. I learned that yes, I can make a difference!

Sarah is a 2012 graduate of Taconic High School’s Science and Engineering Academy where she was a member of the National Honor Society.  She has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten.  Sarah is a Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Award recipient and has found new adventures every year in Girl Scouts. She will attend Berkshire Community College in the fall to begin her studies in engineering, then transfer to UMass in January 2013.