Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC)  was honored with the Partner Agency of the Year Award by Albemarle Area United Way (AAUW) during a virtual event held on August 20.  This is the second consecutive year that GSCCC has been recognized with this honor. The event was part of a week-long Spirit Week to help the area United Way recognize partner agencies, thank donors and to kickoff their annual campaign. Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast is one of several agencies supported by the AAUW.

GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller and Girl Scout Senior Brianna Orosco from Moyock, North Carolina, were at the AAUW location in Elizabeth City where the Facebook Live was taped. Brianna spoke about her Girl Scout experience and shared how she earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest award a girl may earn in Girl Scouts.  Her project, completed last year, helped supply families living in shelters with gift cards that were donated by area businesses.

"In addition to food and clothing, many families living in shelters have other needs such as support for buying gas so they can continue driving to work," Brianna Orosco said. "My goal was to make businesses in the area aware that there was a wider need when it comes to how to help those families living in shelters and set up ways those donations could be distributed."

Although there are challenges in program delivery created by the pandemic, Tracy Keller said GSCCC is continuing to serve girls throughout the region. They are offering home badge activity kits and online resources where girls can explore STEM and other topics while interacting with other girls in an all-girl space. Girl Scouts are offering free webinars, Animal Dance Parties, for parents and girls. Parents receive details on the program and girls can earn a free Girl Scout patch by doing an activity at the end of the webinar. Visit


About Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, a United Way agency, serves nearly 12,000 girls in grades K through 12 with the help of more than 5,000 adult volunteers in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Girl Scouts offers a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, unleashing the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in every girl. Since 1912, Girl Scouts has been building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit or call 1-800-77SCOUT.