Girls Inc. of Washington County was worried when they found out they needed booster seats for their summer programs, but that all changed thanks to two local business owners.
“I grew up with nothing or very little in my household, so, when my husband and I started our two businesses and I was able to give back to the community, I did because now we have plenty, and you should share what you’ve got,” Melissa Noel, Owner, Noel Fire Protection, said.
So, Melissa Noel did not hesitate to purchase the booster seats for Girls Inc. of Washington County, which was a near $500 expense they didn’t know they had until the end of April and would need by mid-June.
“I actually began to panic, because I knew we would need at least 30,” Maureen Grove, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of Washington County, said.
The non-profit organization learned they needed the booster seats for their 15 passenger vans for students under the age of 8 in-time for their summer program because of a changed law.
Stacey Bishop, Volunteer Coordinator, had ran into Rose Harris, an old friend from high school, months before but decided to ask for the favor. The rest was history.
Harris and Noel decided to order the seats themselves.
“I think it’s an amazing organization [committed to] building strong young women. It’s definitely something I had instilled in me,” Rose Harris, Owner, Desert Rose Café, said.
Students typically pay less than half of what it costs for students to participate. Girls Inc. said they operate on donations and a tight budget.
“It’s the cost of the bus rental. We wouldn’t be able to rent one of the buses; it’s field trip fees, [or] it’s two days of swimming at the pool,” Grove said.
“I’ve come to realize that if you ask, our community is very giving and very supportive of Girls Inc. We obviously appreciate that, because we can offer more to the girls,” Bishop said.
The organization already received the seats and started using them.
For those who want to help, you can sponsor a child to attend the Girls Inc. of Washington County Summer Camp.