Archive for Monday, October 31, 2011

Girl Scouts seek help sorting cookies

October 31, 2011


Agency: Douglas County Girl Scouts

Contact: Lisa Vanderbilt,

The Douglas County Girl Scouts are in need of a lot of volunteers to help with their annual cookie sale by sorting cookie orders. Two semitrailers will be bringing cookies to the arena at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Nov. 7. Volunteers are needed from noon to 7 p.m. to help sort those cookies into 75 different piles. Throughout that time, those 75 troop leaders will arrive, count their orders and then the volunteers will help the leaders load their cars; dollies will be available for moving boxes. If you’re interested in helping out, please send an email to Lisa Vanderbilt at that includes your full name, contact phone number, the time that you can arrive and how long you can stay.

Immediate needs:

• Lawrence Fair Trade needs volunteers for its annual Fair Trade Holiday Market. Training sessions will be provided in late November, and several dates are available to volunteer at the market, which runs Nov. 25 to Dec. 3. Please contact Alicia Erickson at 785-969-3482 or for more information.

• The Lawrence Arts Center is seeking volunteers in November to help with sewing costumes for the holiday production, “Kansas Nutcracker,” and to assist backstage during performances in December. Volunteer assistance is also requested for the preschool’s annual cookie sale Dec. 3. To volunteer, contact Pat Russell at or 785-843-2787.

• AARP Tax-Aide is seeking volunteers to assist with tax preparations next year for low-income and senior residents throughout the area. Volunteers will help prepare and file state and federal income tax returns at no cost to qualified taxpayers. You do not need to be an AARP member or have previous tax-preparation skills, but should have basic computer skills. All volunteers will receive free training and materials in January 2012 and are reimbursed for program-related expenses. The program will run from Feb. 1 to April 15, 2012. For more information, please contact the Lawrence district coordinator, Sarah Merriman, at 785-832-0080.

— For more volunteer opportunities, contact Shannon Reid at the United Way’s Roger Hill Volunteer Center, at 785-865-5030 or, or go to


Getaroom 6 years, 6 months ago

There should be enough parents and relatives to take this on if this is to be the continued choice of fund raising. At the going rate for these cookies isn't it enough to ask an outrageous price for the cookies let alone helping unload a semi? Guess it never hurts to ask.

ResQd 6 years, 6 months ago

Agreed. Stopped buying them when the price got so high and the quality went down.

Deb Engstrom 6 years, 6 months ago

What? The boxes of cookies are $3.50 and the money goes for special activities for the girls. You'd have to be a real Scrooge not to buy at least one box from someone.

fabian_zimbabwe 6 years, 6 months ago

Two words: Thin Mints. Worth every penny!

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

Yes indeed. If they had me "help" sort thin mints, what is known as "inventory shrinkage" would surely happen!

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

Let's hope this doesn't happen again!

Clipped from:

"Semi-truck hauling cookies overturns 1/9/08 Topeka Capital Journal PERRY — The spirits of some consumers and young vendors might have been crushed, not to mention the cargo, when a tractor-trailer truck hauling a load of Girl Scout Cookies overturned Tuesday morning in Jefferson County."

somedude20 6 years, 6 months ago

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fan4kufootball 6 years, 6 months ago

Isn't it kind of early for Girl Scout Cookies? I thought they cam in the beginning of year.

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